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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

You're not that special -- just ask the Internet

One of the things currently going on in Western society that I struggle to get my head around is the whole self-esteem movement.

Our exposure to the Internet shows us that, whatever skills or qualities we may have, we are not that special -- there are thousands if not millions of people out there who can do just as well if not better.

But, around the same time that the Internet came along, a parallel movement started telling us that we are unique, special, and asks us to feel proud of the smallest accomplishment. Our smallest struggles are meant to be crosses we bear, and recognition is expected for having personalized your phone with a mass-produced colour or ringtone.

I am OK with contradictions and some level of hypocrisy but would rather not be asked to enthusiastically embrace either one.

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