Most of us are steeped in so many layers of pretension that we could be a synonym for artifice. We have treaded so far with our delusions that we have no inkling of who we are and what the truth or crux of any matter is. We acquire possessions and positions by leaps and bounds, we venerate what’s in vogue, we vacillate and turn away from the truth.
We are ruthlessly judgmental and perversely intolerant of those that challenge the overwhelming way of life, we succumb to every fleeting gleam of vanity and we are condescending under the guise of expressing our views. We trade our inner voice for the opinions of the flock, we pander and subscribe mindlessly to the terms and conditions without any consideration of the cause and effects, we want to get in at any cost, we silently or unambiguously scoff at those that don’t get in.
We have unanimous delineations of what constitutes – success or failure, intelligent or vacuous. We seldom understand anything but we harbor opinions by heaps that we relentlessly defend, we question minimally but we obediently heed all the answers we inherit. Adherence is learned fast and acceptance is denied or grudgingly given. We are enamored of the destination but we cannot be burdened with enjoying the journey – we are all about hoarding the product and we cannot be encumbered with having to deal with a process.
We are quick to discard but reluctant to fix, we have a hard time conceding or fathoming our weaknesses and faults, candor is rare and hypocrisy is pervasive. We prefer to be subjective rather than objective, we lie because we delude ourselves into believing that truth can hurt and we don’t seem to ever think that truth can liberate. We have wired our brains to tune into the chaos of the world while we tune out our own inner voice.
We cannot risk notoriety with our clan but only seek approval and deeply abide by the laws of popular norms. We will spare no expense to be the best consumers and pay our homage to the ingenuity that is advertising. We are driven not by inspiration or curiosity but by greed, fear and ignorance. We do not have the time and the sensibility to be dazzled by the sky and the stars – what purpose does that serve? We do meaningful things like drool over our cars or gadgets or our fancy apartments, be conceited and narcissistic about our degrees, chain ourselves to the shallow hole called cubicle and yammer away as if the universe has a special need for all that noise.
We believe we are liberal and not prejudiced or parochial. We are self-indulgent, our life decisions revolve around sensual and instant gratification, we are not ignorant but practical and in tune with the rigorous pace of today’s frenetic world. We have an insufferable ego, we don’t research and form our own conclusions, we don’t encourage or practice critical thinking, we are highly skilled in the art of dispensing advice and we don’t care much about creativity. We expect everyone to be like us – if we stumble upon someone different – we will judge them, skilfully disparage them, and finally groom the poor, lame specimen to be like our polished and advanced self.
We are tethered and any attempt to have us emancipated will invite our pity for your inferior and anomalous existence and our wrath and contempt for your impudence.