Monday, September 14, 2009

Better

I can honestly say that I don't know where it comes from. I've seen it many times, that's for sure. In people I know personally, and in those I see in the media. In children and adults. It's a pervasive problem in our society, and one which seems to be becoming more widespread. Parents pass the delusion down to their kids. And it perpetuates. It's the idea that they are somehow better than everyone else.

You know who I am talking about. The people who just assume that you know the deal. The ones that figure you should just understand. The people who are always smarter than you. The people who are always richer than you. Who are always thinner than you. The people who have the newest and best of everything. The people who see nothing wrong with parking in the fire lanes, in the handicapped spots. They are special. The people who beg for compliments, feel compelled to show off their latest and greatest thing. The people who's kids are better than yours.

I don't know where this sense of entitlement comes from. I've never been one to be like this, and I've always been amused by those who fall victim to it. Even more amusing are the people who try in vain to compete with it. The people who look up to those who believe they are better. Those who aspire to be better than the rest of us. To embrace the illusion.

The truth is that people are just people. No one is better than anyone else. Life isn't a competition. People have intrinsic value, which has nothing to do with their bank accounts, the diplomas that hang on their wall, or the size of their waistlines. Attaching more value to someone because of those is a fallacy. And attaching it to yourself borders on ridiculous.

To all those who believe that they are better than the rest of us, get over yourself. If you knew how silly you look, trying to raise yourself up on that pedestal, maybe, just maybe, you would be humbled. And maybe you would realize that it's time to knock it off.

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