By Katelyn Ohashi
I was recently inspired by Oscar Wilde’s, “The Soul of Man Under Socialism”. I encourage you to read this piece because it has definitely given me a different perspective on the things I do in my life. Individuality is truly a rare thing to come across. For the most part, we are all taught the same way and the same things from a young age so it makes sense, right? This may have always been a concern but I believe now, more so than ever, do we find our self-value in the wrong things.
The age of kids getting iPhones is getting younger and younger. The age we start caring about looks has decreased detrimentally; I see middle school girls putting on makeup, consumed by how they are viewed. As a college student, I see my peers choose their majors based off of what will help them earn a higher income rather than something they genuinely care about and enjoy. I see people who will do anything to get attention from the same or opposite sex, maybe to feel some type of validation.
But when and where did we get this false perception of our worth? Why must we conform to things that society thinks we should be? Our value doesn’t come from what we have or what we do, it comes from who we are. Wilde describes our life like a piece of artwork and like an artist, we are in control of our life. An artist does not try to appeal to an audience or crowd, instead his artwork is solely based off of his interpretation of beauty, pleasing no one but himself. It’s sad how caught up we can become when faced in the reality of others, but unfortunately people are always going to find something to say. What good does it do for us to consume our thoughts with theirs?