If everybody did that

‘You must keep up with the news’, they say, ‘for if everybody ignored the news, we would live in an ignorant world.’

‘You must preserve your culture’, they say, ‘for if everybody neglected that duty, your culture would die and you will drift without an identity.’

Extend this argument a little further, and you can see how it falls apart.

‘You must grow your food. For if nobody does that, then we will all go hungry.’

We don’t need to grow our food anymore because somebody else has made it their life’s purpose to do that. And by doing so, they have liberated us to find and pursue our own life’s purpose.

It pays to stop worrying about ‘everybody’ and pursue your own life’s purpose. For if you do not, nobody else will do it.

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