Why are there so many self important people in the world?
Is it an indictment of our larger need for acceptance and our continual searching for reinforcement from outside sources? Reinforcement comes in many forms but most can’t fill our internal needs because they are superficial. Instead of looking inside for the answers, we attempt to surround ourselves with things we think make us look important to others and then seek reinforcement through their approval.
I believe a lot traced back to our understanding of what it is important in our overall society. We covet the things we cannot have or are unwilling to make sacrifices to obtain. We believe that the model who smiles as she is given a sparkling diamond engagement ring, the husband overjoyed by the car with the big-ass bow in the driveway on Christmas or the dude who picks up the hot chick because he’s wearing the right designer cologne all have answers to happiness that none of us in the real world possess. We want what the marketing executives tell us would make us happy and, when it doesn’t we look for the next marketing exec to tell us something else.
Politicians have decided to treat us the same way as the marketing forces by touting “the American people want (insert what the politician wants here)!” All too often it seems we agree because the self important have spoken; we think it’s the popular stance and therefore must be right (baa baa). We vote based on swagger and appearance because we lack confidence to trust the ideals espoused by our leaders under the guise of “It’s not my fault I couldn’t keep my promise, the other party is to blame for killing it!”
The solution is tough to address because it starts with looking inside and realizing what’s really important to us; not what we are told is important and then, we must have the conviction to look others in the eye and say “That’s not important to me because I can think for myself.” And then, the challenge lies with getting the rest of the flock (baa baa) to understand what is truly important and not the self important.
But, for me:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.