like this weird pressure we have to Be Important somehow?? like making a lot of money is something we all complain about making ppl important but it goes beyond that? you shouldn't feel pressure to make something incredible or do something hugely self sacrificial or be Super Duper talented at some skill like. importance as a concept breaks down so rapidly when applied to humans
i'm not even sure how to explain this incredible anger i have about this. you don't have to be important to anyonr. you don't have to be anyone's hero or soulmate or perfect parent or whatever the fuck. you can live your whole life working a simple job and never get married or have kids and be very ill and struggle and that doesn't make your life sad or meaningless? life doesn't even have a meaning we're just supposed to live?
so like.... god just fuck "meaning" and "significance" and "importance" as concepts applied to human lives. you don't need to be anything. you don't need to prove yourself or accomplish anything. and that sounds sort of lazy and defeatist but i honestly believe when we stop pressuring people to Be Important; to create beauty, to be loved, to help others, people are suddenly 8000% more into doing those things
right after i joined mastodon i saw a post (idr who it was from) that said smthn like "it's really painful how things like art and dancing are considered something you have to be good at instead of things that all humans do, as naturally as eating or breathing" and i think about that all the time. the things that we naturally do have been commodified and portrayed as somethint to struggle for, as things that only The Best are allowed to do. when without that pressure, we would all just do them??
@myconidiosyncracy I really like this essay that is related to this:
“You don’t have to monetize your joy.”
@csalzman shit dude i've actually read this article before! it's really good but i would take this a step further. people aren't all monetizing their hobbies because of social pressure or culture, they're doing it because it's literally the only way they can afford to. they don't have the spare time or money to dedicate to something that's just fun.
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