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Unfortunate Reality Notes

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Humility hurts. In The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain de Botton observes “in the meritocratic, socially mobile modern world, one’s status might now well be determined by one’s confidence, imagination and ability to convince others of one’s due.” He goes on to suggest that a failure to achieve personal life goals might be tied to a “pessimistic pride.” We all have to be Machiavellian; each of us must transform ourselves into swashbuckling professionals whose elbows whether digital or physical must always be locked in the abdomens of the competition.

How sad but true.

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