Circumstances, outside of our control, typically precondition the outcomes of our desires. That doesn’t mean we should opt-out completely of our pursuits. This is obvious since we all know someone whose efficacy is unmatched in our social sphere or world history. Whether it’s your wildly successful sibling or Elon Musk. We all know people with a knack for making their dreams a reality. Meanwhile, what about our own desired outcomes? How much effort should be afforded towards making our own design in the universe? And is there any real potential in making such an effort when our physical size and sensory potential in proportion to the universe at large is so mind-numbingly minuscule? Expectation management is the process of coping with the outcomes of our decisions before we even make them.
I suggest you slow your roll before God literally makes you. In my opinion, authenticity is our intended conduit toward meaningfulness, self-preservation, and ultimately self-renewal after a season of growth.
Words, words, but what does it mean?!?!
Take on your most personal interests as a means of discovering the most valid lifestyle of survival and don’t expect that survival to necessarily be comfortable. A conscious decision to pursue such a way of life, managed by ego, create the frame and eventually furnish the house, the id will do the rest in the form of keeping the lights on. This takes a sense of realism. Preconditioned responses of survival (hopefully instilled since childhood) that keep your story going long enough to eventually reflect on. It won’t be obvious at first that you made all the right decisions up until that point of pause.
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
Forcing yourself to be managed by your own capacity for self-actualization is folly (vein). Discovering your truest interests and surrounding yourself with people with the least self-serving material interest in your relationship is much more sustainable. As you step off on a lifestyle regulated by authenticity disregard societal measurements of self-worth. In America, it’s a cornerstone of our legacy to blow off status quos. It is not the government’s decision (made up by society) to which path we choose. Whether that path is a beatnik or a hotdog vendor. In fact, there is a free marketplace here that typically rewards its most authentic participants with a profit.
Meanwhile, this legacy is now in a state of decay. Prevailing definitions of personal merit, established through institutional means, has become the currency for creditability. The inference of being an expert in any field is only ascertained if you pay to play. Colleges, corporations, and nearly every level of government are making authenticity less and less of a prerequisite for participation. What we’re left with is a disenfranchised class of miscreant empaths and virtuous vagrants unwilling to capitulate to the prevailing winds of empirical measurements of merit in all the major institutions of our culture.
Entrepreneurship is our last bastion of hope in America to preserve the purest form of character, unmolested by institutional progressivism and neo-liberal groupthink. There is cancer in our cultural thyroid, and it’s been caused by the radioactive subversive values of altruism; fallout from the Cold War when communism went corporate. In the name of equity, inclusion, and diversity, all forms of recognizable personal merit have been relegated to the most emotionally impoverished bureaucrats of our modern age, the human resources department.
So, I say, manage our expectations. Account for the bankruptcy of authenticity in the United States. It is in my opinion, the over-drafting of such a treasure was caused by the booming industry of tertiary education, beckoned by the federal government, and subsidized student loans. Those who bought into the pay-to-play model of obtaining merit are now in reverent worship of that sacred cow. Altering that system or speaking against it is blasphemous.
Where does merit come from in 2022? Does it come from the same fundamentals as it did in 1922? It wouldn’t be a shock to concluded that it doesn’t. It’s not my point to suggest we’re better off or not from 100 years ago. Those who want to be recognized for their character, and have others hired, fired, or promoted because of it would be remiss to expect such from any mainstream institution in America. Tact, wit, charm, humor, and one’s ability to trust another no longer delineate the meritorious from the corrupt. More often than not it’s governed by theories of intersectionality. Which victim class you claim as your majority identity adjudicates self-worth therefore integrity and human capital value. True party membership. This is only second to your participation and enthusiasm in the elitist educational institutions of modernity. This neo-babel can have their self-righteous tower. I’ve read this book; it doesn’t end well.