Fame needs to be justified. For example, fame can be equated with mere "celebrity" such as the status that an actor or musician enjoys. Alternatively, fame can be equated with heroism, statesmanship, diplomacy, social activism, Self-Forgetting Service, Sacrifice,
or even INFAMOUS behavior or reputation of the sort that would garner "notoriety".
One example of criteria for "fame" would pertain to a civil rights activist such as the
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. You can see that Reverend King obtained to celebrity status because he was a man who abandoned the fear of death. In his particular case,
Reverend King knew that he was going to be eventually killed.
"When I say to you; 'Don't even be afraid, you know what I really mean?'
For I submit to you tonight, that no man is free, if he fears death;
but the minute that you conquer the fear of death, at that moment, you're free.
You must say somehow; 'I don't have much money. I don't have much education.
I may not be able to read and write; but I have the capacity to die!'
And I say to all, ...the man that will not die for something, is not fit to live." ----from a sermon by Pastor Martin Luther King,
who succeeded Pastor Vernon Johns at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in
in the Televised movie, "THE VERNON JOHNS STORY" (available on DVD)