What’s the point in being popular when you can be yourself?
Nowadays popularity seems to be the new goal to reach, but what is it? The dictionary says it’s “the fact that something or someone is liked, enjoyed or supported by many people”; so basically, the most important “goal” in life is to be seen.
Popularity makes people do crazy and regrettable things, in most cases, in most cases it changes them. An example is a movie from 2016 called Nerve, it describes what it means becoming popular with an online game, what effects it can have and what troubles it brings.
There’s also book that shows that popularity can push people to do bad things: it’s called A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby, a movie has also been made. It’s the story of four people who meet on the roof a building in London during the New Year’s Eve’s night, they don’t know each other but they have one thing in common: they want to jump off and commit suicide. Eventually they make a pact and help each other.
One of the four protagonist, Martin Sharp is a former TV host whose life has been ruined by popularity and bad reputation. It’s a book about depression, suicide, but also reborn, friendship between four completely different people from which there’s a lot to learn.
On the other side of popularity, being yourself, it gives you the chance to learn, grow and create a shield. Being yourself means not caring about “likes” on social network, not following the masses, it’s not being better for everyone is different but all equal.
Being different, being yourself mean be unpopular, in most cases, but there’s nothing wrong with that ’cause at least you know who you really are and don’t hide behind a mask and a fake person.
My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai E. Stevenson II