Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Plea For Humility

      Human beings like to feel special.  It's a great feeling.  But how special are we, really?  Or special in what context?  Most of us draw that special feeling from our friends and family - and are content enough as a result.  No real need to leave our mark on the world or draw attention to ourselves.  Do our jobs as well as we can, treat others as we want to be treated, etc.  Yet we all know there are others who feel special because they consider themselves more intelligent than the rest of us, or because of their lineage, inherited characteristics, etc.  Poor souls.  Still fewer only feel special once they have accomplished something significant within the larger community.  Of course achieving that sort of specialness takes planning, hard work, sacrifice, and there's risk involved.  Hair on 'em.  Go for it, I say.  (Been there, done that.)  Some feel special just because they are rich or powerful. (Even more time and effort involved, with probably less family time as a result.)  Don't kid yourself if you're in this category; pride cometh before a fall.  Rarer still (but not rare enough) are those who feel special only when they are constantly in the public eye - when they are "celebrated", hence "celebrities" (also search "publicipig").  Poor things.  The burnout rate at that level of specialness is incredibly fast.  The fact is, very few humans really are special.  My advice: be special to your friends and family, and do a little public service along the way for your community.  You will feel special enough.

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