Remember what neurologist Marc Lewis describes in his book.
"Dopamine gives thrust".
A purpose driven life (or church) is fizzing with dopamine.
Someone who isnt content to be obscure, someone who has to live that driven life, would in other contexts, be termed a workaholic.
Problem is, if someone of this sort is doing it for a good cause (social service, religion, social justice activism), they have ready means to rationalize it.
And their families may feel ashamed to ask for some ordinary human companionship at home.
If the work addict condenses a charismatic public personality and potent public image, then a painful and tragic split can develop between that persons public persona and his or her private, real, self. The public persona is a construct. It demands more and more input to keep going.
And eventually, the person may refer strangers and converts who adore the public perssona and come to avoid persons and situations who require the presence of the person behind the mask.
Fame doesnt bring peace. It only increase the need for more drive, more dopamine.
Fame creates a public personality that demands propping up, just like the institition that condenses around that charismatic public personality.
Susan Erikson Bloland was daughter of a man who became famous--Erik Erikson, the pscyhologist. Erikson became renowed when his daughter was 13 and she witnessed what he was like before and after.In the Shadow of Fame
got little attention when published. But it is by someone who lived through it all and who can tell us just how costly it becomes when someone develops a public persona that requires constantly care and affirmation.
And...saddest of all, fame did not assauge her father's discontent. He become more remote, more unhappy. People who did not live close to him loved him and were grateful to him for his help. But this gratitude was routed to Eriksons public personal, not to his real self, which he was ashamed of and kept hidden.
Sothe fame he sought and worked for did not bring happiness or peace to Erik Erikson...at least not from his daughter's vantage point. She was sorry for him that it worked out that way.