Following the herd will lead you astray

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“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect” – Mark Twain

When I was in high school, there was a girl who everyone seemed to be fond of. She had even been elected to be a part of our grade’s student council. I hated her. I found her to be haughty, annoying and a downright brown-noser. Her loud and outspoken temperament perpetually rubbed me the wrong way. The mere sound of her laugh made me want to puncture my own eardrums. It baffled me as to why she was so well-liked amongst our student body. Continue reading

To the victims of high-paying shitty jobs

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“Money is a great servant but a bad master” ― Francis Bacon

Job satisfaction is subjective to one’s preferences, so there isn’t any universal scale on which we can plot how shitty a job is, right? Wrong. Let me introduce to you the job-shitiness scale, that has been built into society. Despite individual preferences, over time, such a scale has been established based on majority societal preferences. The more people that don’t want to do a particular job, the shittier it’s considered. And the more people that do want to do a particular job, the more preferable it’s considered. Pretty simple. Continue reading

Authenticity will set you free

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“To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive” – Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage

Authentic people are few and far between. True authenticity comes with fully embracing one’s individuality for what it is; this means not trying to alter our beliefs or personality traits due to societal pressure. Authenticity is an achievement that, when unlocked, will pave our path to true success and contentment. And I don’t think success should ever be thought of in a monetary sense, but rather in a quality-of-life sense. Continue reading