Today, it seems as though narcissism is almost necessary to survive. And “survive,” of course, in first world standards. Society teaches us that in order to survive and become successful amidst a competitive and unforgiving world, one must be driven, talented, passionate and, well, the best. In order to survive, you need to be better than the next person. And though not all of us may not be as lucky, we can certainly put on an act in order to compensate.
Our narcissism stems from the long-curated mentality in us that says “anything is possible.” We can become successful, if we just believe. The difficulty of success is less daunting if we just believe we can achieve it. Dangerously close to sounding like a line from Peter Pan, it seems as though we’re forced to believe in ourselves because when push comes to shove and our best efforts are put in, faith might just be the only thing that carries us. We believe in our abilities and convince ourselves that we are better than the next because if we didn’t, we become endangered to a stagnant and unmotivated complacency. And if we don’t believe in ourselves, who will?
The millennials might be a little more self absorbed and self righteous than previous generations, but “ignorant” may be too harsh of a word to use. Perhaps we are just far more capable of turning a blind eye to the possibilities of failure in order to focus intently on success.
"One day you’ll feel eighteen, look sixty, and wonder what happened."
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Thunderstorms cause whips of lightning over the plains in New Mexico, November 1989.Photograph by Bruce Dale, National Geographic