Who’s Been Working the Hardest?

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Some individuals work hard to end up on top of society, always. Social culture conditions us to believe that working hard provides money, power, and happiness. The idea of hard work provides comfort that one day we can live as we want to and not as the powerful people above us dictate us to. The idea of living life without the perks that hard working provides would mean letting go of the idea of material possessions making us happy and being comfortable without always being in competition with those around us. The idea of letting go of the idea of material possessions means understanding that image does not mean everything. Once this is understood, a sense of freedom can come over us, as we understand that life doesn’t have to be so cutthroat for us to be happy. A material possession is a universal concept that translates in any language. Happiness is a concept that is not quite understood. A lot of the time, happiness is equated to material possessions, and isn’t seen as its own idea. Always wanting something new after getting something, always thinking that the new items that come out in stores must be in our possessions or else happiness won’t be achieved, we accept this idea of conditional happiness. This takes over, while true happiness shrinks inside of us and we lose what happiness really is. If we separate ourselves from our material possessions and ideas, we can realize that our idea of happiness has all to do with external possessions and not internal ones. In her essay “The Company Man,” Ellen Goodman searches beyond the surface of a death of a business professional and sees his life in review as told by the obituary, and how his life was different from how it was written. “He worked himself to death” was not a suitabl... ... middle of paper ... ...pt them, and move on. It’s their duty to maintain expectations of what is considered cool and relevant. Despite the hidden truth, people around them want to be like them because these people want the perks, happiness, friendship, photo-shoots, which they attached with being one of “Da Gurlz.” These girls shared information online that framed them as glamorous to fill their voids, but really, inside, they were empty and vulnerable under the layers of disguise. “Da Gurlz” clung to one another because they shared the burden of the spotlight. People talked about “Da Gurlz”, and how shallow they thought “Da Gurlz” were. “Da Gurlz” secluded themselves to avoid getting hurt by people who don’t know what they had to deal with. Because their colleagues would glamourize them and pay close attention to each of their actions, they couldn’t just be regular kids without pressure.

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