A realization about myself:
I am an elitist. I don’t want to be one of the herd.
Don’t follow the sheeple
Are there any real individuals anymore? I don’t think so.
Even the famous on social media, YouTube, music, or artists:
They are slaves to money, external fame, and external affirmation.
I have met VERY FEW people in my life who were true individuals — individuals who owned their own platforms, followed their own gut, and didn’t care much for fame/legitimacy/money/followers/likes.
Why is it so hard to be an individual in today’s world?
First, democratization of society. Society isn’t as stratified as it was in the past.
Also, socialist values. We generally believe:
The purpose of a government and society is to elevate the overall well-being of ALL people (utilitarianism).
Therefore if an individual strives to elevate him/herself for the sake of him/herself, that individual is deemed as “evil” and “dead” to the herd.
Why am I anti-herd?
Perhaps my aesthetics. Perhaps how I was raised– having my family and mentors tell me that I was unique. Perhaps growing up in the 90’s, and being told that I was unique and special.
Regardless, I am grateful that I am an individual, and I strive towards greater individuality. And ultimately my view is this:
The best way I can help society is to maximize my personal individuality, to (slightly) move the needle of society forward via my thoughts, ideas, and different modes of living/thinking.