Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Nice. Make Sure You Don't Have the One Group of People Who Will Actually Make Your Life Above Average
I think Steve hit on something vitally ironic here. The primary path to truly becoming above average for most people is to be the most highly significant, and person of greatest prestige, TO YOUR CHILDREN. No one else is going to view you in such a way without your becoming President of the United States, and even then, not so much. You will never be held in such significance as by your children (and that's true even if you're a bad parent). You will forever be the reference point of all of your children. You will always be the most important person in their lives. No one will ever hold your place of honor in that. You alone are the hero or villain of that story. You alone will forever hold the place of the extraordinary in their lives. You're just another boring vacation story to people if you just backpack through Asia, get a job promotion, or even win the Nobel Prize. So what? People will forget about you as they think about what is truly important in their lives. Fools seek prestige and worth among men who can never give it to them. Such is given only to your children to think so highly of you as to reference you, both consciously and unconsciously, in all things. Attempting to be such for strangers is not only misguided, but will surely end in an average, and forgettable, life in the eyes of everyone, without the exceptions of your children.