Facebook Post: 2022-04-02T17:06:41

Individualism, especially of the “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” variety, is largely a scam. Yes, motivation, perseverance and discipline are factors, but so is how you were raised, your relative wealth, the type of education you had and even the types of food you normally got to eat. Thousands of decisions and circumstances shaped your life before you were even old enough to drive, the vast majority of them completely without your input or awareness. Only after all of that do you begin to make your own decisions, and most of them are made within the constraints previously defined for you.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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