Not cheating ourselves by snobbery

Alain de Botton says in his Ted Talk “A kinder gentler philosophy of success”, “A snob is anybody who takes a small part of you, and uses that to come to a complete vision of who you are”. As he says, snobbery is a global phenomenon. His talk is largely on career, but in life this is even more pervasive. How often do we judge each other on trivial behaviors, without looking deep to understand the heart of the person? Certainly one’s heart is more significant than whatever flaws upon which we can focus our attentions. It is sad then, that people cannot look at the most significant parts – your heart – and understanding the significance of that part of who you are, ignore all the sniggley, little irrelevant things that too many people get caught up in. I am not perfect. You, who may read this, are not perfect. Certainly there are flaws to be seen in each of us. But to focus our attentions on the flaws of another is certainly to miss out on the riches. Everyone IS perfect – in their own way. Everyone brings their own brand of perfection to the world, their own beauty, their own uniqueness. And if it be hidden behind a flaw or two, do you really want to miss that by focusing on the wrong things?


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