Article Title: A race to nowhere
In this article, the author talks about what everybody feels at one point in their life but they never pause to dwell over it. That distinguishing feature of our generation, as the author likes to call it, is the race everybody has geared to run in trying to find their individuality in a society that enforces homogenization and conditions everyone into like-minded individuals. As children, we were free of inhibitions, and with dreams abound – but this system has molded us into doubting cynics who without any thought to our childhood ambitions jumped in to compete in a race without understanding what the race is all about – and as more people join in it gets tougher and tougher. The author advises us to stop chasing superficial labels and prioritize things which bring us joy. She has grown to realize that the joys of life are hidden not in these labels but those moments which we avoid or push in abeyance – for a life after winning. But this race is an illusion which we will keep running until the end of time. If you feel likewise, her advice is to stop, introspect and rethink your choices.
Words to learn from this Article:
Conventionality: Conformity with conventional thought and behavior
Homogenization: The act of making something homogeneous or uniform in composition
Conditioning: A learning process in which an organism’s behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment
Transience: An impermanence that suggests the inevitability of ending or dying
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