“We may be suffering because we are surrounded by snobs”. This is the piece of this week's TED talk that really stuck with me, and that’s because it’s true. The concept of “snobbery”, or in more american terms “Straight up judging someone based on one thing” is a prevalent thing in society, it always has been, its context has been shifting over time. Even as our society is become more open to things like homosexuality and class there is still one thing thing people base a lot of worth on, and that is a person’s choice of career.
Exposure to this starts early on. At a young age people are often asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, and depending on what the answer to that question is the response you get may be less than encouraging. I’ve been subject to this for most of middle and high school. When asked by family members, friends parents, mentors, and sometimes even my teachers the question my answer has been “high school teacher” which is usually met with “no you don’t”, “don’t you want to make more money?”, “oh you are so smart you can do something better than that”. It’s incredibly frustrating, to be told that what you want to do with your life “isn’t worth it”. This is where the tragedy comes in. At a young age we begin to lose sight of things that might might make us happy in pursuit of the gaining of material things. We are living in a society that isn’t focussed on the good, but the more instead.