“I am not like these people; I am not suited to this world.”

January 24, 2006

I’m just passing on links today, but, oh my gosh! How right on is this paragraph. I haven’t even gotten to the end of this and I had to stop and pass it along to you, from someone who has just started to feel in the last few years like she is suited to this world after all.

What a recipe for alienation. By the time they reach an age to think about what they’d like to do, most kids have been thoroughly misled about the idea of loving one’s work. School has trained them to regard work as an unpleasant duty. Having a job is said to be even more onerous than schoolwork. And yet all the adults claim to like what they do. You can’t blame kids for thinking ‘I am not like these people; I am not suited to this world.

Read more about How to Do What You Love.

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3 Responses to ““I am not like these people; I am not suited to this world.””

  1. Joel Says:

    One must be careful.

    I suffered through much of my adolescence with bipolar disorder. Being bipolar is like being the canary in the coal mine: because of your high sensitivity, you pick up on nastiness earlier than most and often add extra detail.

    These kids may need to be on medication. It seems that more cases of bipolar disorder are being triggered now. I don’t want to lose those minds to the disease because the issue was simplified to an existential concept.

  2. Braidwood Says:

    Hi Joel,

    It’s nice to see you again!

    Yeah, this article didn’t touch on medical disorders which can affect the mind. He was primarily talking about a normal experience of adolescent alianation in this paragraph.

  3. Joel Says:

    Most adolescents have the same feelings unless they belong to privileged families.

    The thing is that among the privileged and nonprivileged, there is a disturbing suicide rate. The girls tend to be treated because they act out in ways that are recognized as suicidal by others. The boys hide behind macho facades and violence, so they often end up in jail or just written off as “boys will be boys”. Hence the male suicide rate is four times that of females. But now that psychiatrists are recognizing the true symptoms, something can be done.


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