Originally Posted by imageWIS
That’s because most people couldn’t even grasp a faint idea of who they actually are; and its not just 20-somethings, how many 50-year-olds can’t grapple their own true self-image either? Most of them.
V-Man, Moneys is important, it is a very fundamental part of life, but it is NOT life itself. The entire pursuit of life is not to make money, even though working in it of itself is a means to one end goal: making money. This separation is something to keep in mind; it seems to get lost for some reason.
Unfortunately a LOT of the people at good universities are either Warren Buffett wanabes (although funny enough, NONE of them share his altruistic traits and his simple outlook on life, so it's more like Gordon Gekko wannabes...) and the other major archetype is the sort of urban bohemian... they collect certain types of friends, and come from homes where pizza and turkey sandwiches were eaten then once they hit university everything is done with chopsticks...
No matter where you go from a blue collar workplace all the way to the best schools... people are EXACTLY the same. Even well heeled, intelligent people are total lemmings, no matter how original they think they're being. People are the same everywhere...
I completely agree with you. Quiet desperation. There are preciously few people who have the confidence and the chutzpah to live their own lives. Then again, as Weber says, we need rationalization too. The world needs many people to make life possible, and such people are often driven by the more coventional rewards in life.