miercuri, 10 aprilie 2013

The danger of comparison

Many human activities keep their value as long as they are not compared with other activities.

And not because we may find that other activities are more important than the one we do. The comparison mainly opens the field of the multiplicity of all human affairs that always contradicts the continual and justified belief in our individuality.

For this reason, the comparison is felt as a personal danger and we prefer to use it only for judging others’ activities.

The individuality belongs to us, not to our activities. Though with marks of individuality, we act in a comparable way. For instance, we love, think, speak, and die like others. Only the strong personalities impress deeper marks of individuality upon them and provide the comfort of knowing that they can return to these marks whenever their activities fail. The return means to confidently search for other personal resources for doing new activities.

There are fewer chances to such return for those with a weaker personality. Therefore, they strive for making their activities more personal than they can be and to hinder the possibility of being compared. They usually try to do this by living in the public eyes. They use the comparison to show that their activities are more important than others’.

 But once they call the public to testify their individuality, the danger of comparison has been already done. Those many eyes are identical to the multitude of other’s activities. Thus, a public person is received by other people as one of their activities, and not as an individual person. Public persons are identified with an activity of entertainment. Consequently, they will live just for being an activity for other people, in spite of their desire of expressing their individuality.