cat - 2005-08-11 10:10:41
So, it essentially comes down to each of us putting aside what the government, corporations (who are not focused on giving us what we want, but *convincing* us that we *need*/want the crap they're selling), our parents, our friends, every single voice BUT THAT ONE, DEEP INSIDE -- which my struggle to be heared over the screaming, hyped, sleekly packaged, in-your-face advertising, constant nagging of all these other voices...and figuring out what *WE* really want from our lives. Do we want to appear "successful" in the eyes of other people? Do we want piles and piles of cash? Access to the finest bling-bling the world has to offer? To win: Mother of the Year Award? Will all that make me/you/him/her happy? It depends. Some people would say "yes," and to them I say: "Go for it! Work to achieve your dream." To someone who says: "I'd rather have a part-time job, so I can spend time enjoying my family and my arts and crafts," I say: "Go for it! Follow your passions and your heart." Whatever that voice inside is saying, not the one that criticizes, berates and belittles; but the voice that says: "I want to sing." "I cannot live a life devoid of creativity." "I cannot live a life that lacks stability." It's just a personal opinion, so it probably doesn't count for much...but *my* happiest moments come, when I give my inner critic something shinny to play with, so I can go into another room and listen to my *true* self. Helps me remember why I'm here and what I'd like to do with the time I've been given.
MJ - 2005-08-11 10:40:06
I think the other part is to call this meritocracy out into the open, to challenge it, to force those who subscribe to it to at least see the truth of how talent/IQ + work doesn't always equal success because there really isn't equal opportunity in America, that the system fails and creates a false stereotype and "norm."
cat - 2005-08-11 11:38:00
Hear, hear!! (or) Here, here!! (Never know which hear/here applies).
cat - 2005-08-11 11:38:44
PS: Sorry for taking up so much space.
MJ - 2005-08-11 11:40:00
No need to apologize... but I will say this: the comments system is one BIG reason I like LJ better than Diaryland. Email notification and threaded conversations good. ;-)
cat - 2005-08-12 02:17:18
LOL :-D I know you likey your LJ features.

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