An individual’s worth and consequently his respect in the community was dependent on the status he was able to project. . . . It was a time when everyone yearned for an admiring public. The pursuit of the upward mobility thus turned into a quest for applause and esteem. . . . When people turned to evaluate their contemporaries they looked for the same evidence of personal worth and glory that they prized for themselves.
This is a description of society. And if the shoe fits, I suppose we could wear it. The only problem here is that it’s a very old shoe — like a 2,000 year-old shoe. Continue reading