The social consequence of principled living

Do your thing. Find your unique voice. Question the consensus reality. Navigate your own unconventional pathway. Rebel against the mindless, mainstream conventionality. 

These are the modern messages of empowerment that we’re sold on a daily basis. 

But what nobody warns us about is the expense of the moral horizon we choose to inhabit. 

They don’t tell us that crafting a life that matches our vision of principled living comes with real social consequences. There’s no memo about the isolation that comes with making any alternate choice. 

And so, it’s not surprise that any time we choose to reject attitudes and choices that most people treat as gospel, we end up feeling scared and scorned and alone. It’s no surprise that any time we take an alternative to the track laid down by the dominant value system, we feel like we’re letting people down. It’s no surprise that when we set our own standards and inherit nothing and standing at the end of no tradition, people will feel threatened. 

The social pressure is relentless. So much so that it can deflect us from pursuing our most important intentions. 

And that’s why we have to stick together. Even if it’s just one person who understands the burden of our unborrowed vision, that communion can carry us a long way this world. 

With their support, we can courageously forget what we’ve been taught to repeat and think with our own brains. 


Do you trust your own willingness to be true to yourself?

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Scott Ginsberg

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