The Fallacy of Being Special


“We are the middle children of history, raised by television to believe that someday we’ll be millionaires and movie stars and rock stars, but we won’t. And we’re just learning that.” – Chuck Palahniuk

Nowaday, in our modern society, most people thrive to be special. Those people see themselves as something out of the norm. They think they have it, like they were sent by god to be the special one. They think the world owe them everything and that they deserve the best life. I’m not sure where this come from, but it tend to be worst in occidental countries. And it’s by far worse with the new generations. One question remain : what have those people done? How can you behave like your the chosen one when you have done a big nothing in your life? You think you can compare yourself to the best, yet you’ve never open a fucking book in a year. Being special is parasistic idea of our modern society. With individualism crawling in our society, more people become narcistic than ever before. Take a look at your Facebook and you will see hundrend of people complaining about their first world problem while people are getting killed in Syria. What is the difference between being great or special you ask. Well, to be great you have to work for it. It’s not god given. You need to to work hard on yourself. Take time to study leaders from today and you’ll see by their behavior that they have work their ass to get where they are. It wasn’t granted.

I can admit that few years ago during my years, I was a special one. My idea was that everyting should have been granted to me. I didn’t work hard at school, I thought that employeur would see how different and special I was. I didn’t read books, because I thought I already knew everything. I didn’t work on myself, because I thought I was just perfect. Then came the realization that I wasn’t better than anyone, that the world owe me nothing. Maybe it was with aging, but still I see people of my age and older behaving like they are the chosen one. I think the equation is simple. In order to become special, you need to be great. Nothing will fall from the sky.

You want to have a great body? Train more and eat healthier than other people. You want to have more money in the future? Save more money than other people. Start a successful business. You want to be smarter? Read more books than other people. You want to get a better job? Get better education and better grades than other people. Can it be simpler than that?