Thursday, June 26, 2008

Self-Esteem Generation.

If you told someone they were one in a million, you'd be saying there were 1,800 of them in China.

It always confused me why grade school teachers, self-help books and camp counselors are so preoccupied with everyone being 100% equal at everything.

You're all special.

You're all intelligent.

You're all artistic.

You're all 100% wonderful.

You all look so fabulous in yellow.

Seems to me that if everyone is 100% fantastic, then everyone is also 100% mediocre. When great is the norm, then doesn't that make "great" the same as "average"?

If everyone looks equally fabulous in yellow, then couldn't that also mean that everyone looks equally abysmal?

This, I believe, is the paradox of our self-esteem-centered culture.

Can't I just be happy being me? Do I really have to be as interesting, and therefore as boring as the next guy?


  1. Like grandmother, like granddaughter... What happened to make you feel this? Did someone tell you that you are spendid just the way you are??? You really are by the way ! I know because your grandma told me! :) And I believe it!!! PS - I look pretty good in yellow! :)

  2. Well said. I think the best thing to be real. The Freestones often say they are scared of perfect people. I am too. I find it liberating to admit, "I am totally crummy or mediocre at ______."

  3. while I see your point, I think it's one of the tactics that... bear with me here... Satan employs quite well to get us down. Yes, we're all amazing, interesting individuals with unique talents, etc. But that doesn't make everyone average. Does that make sense?

    but yeah, not everyone looks good in yellow. although I might maintain that everyone looks good in some shade of yellow.