The Better Human Podcast

#294 - Your Life Isn't A Spectacle

February 09, 2022 Colin Stuckert
The Better Human Podcast
#294 - Your Life Isn't A Spectacle
Show Notes

“My life is for itself and not for a spectacle.” -Emerson

Social media has convinced you that you don’t exist unless you have an online following.

The irony with this is two-fold.

First, the things that get attention online usually need mass appeal or to watered down. What this means is to become popular online, you usually have to compromise Truth and appeal to convenient narratives; you have to operate in the online Overton window. Compare this to every genius and innovator we celebrate today—they were often ignored during their lifetimes. Few ever reached recognition that resulted in a lasting legacy during their lives.

“To be great is to be misunderstood.” -Emerson

Second, social rewards narcissism and an obsessive focus with externals. Obsessing over numbers, comments, likes, dislikes, what the algorithms are doing, etc., turns one into a slave tossed around this way and that. The deeper you go, the less control you have.

Max Truth -> Everything exists in your mind, and since you’re the only one living there, you have the ultimate power of your existence, and you will never escape this. So take ownership and control and figure out what motivates you and go out and live that life.

Finally, consider a quiet life. You don’t need your life to be a spectate for it to matter to yourself and the world. You’re better off by NOT making it a spectacle in most cases.

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