It seems like half the world is asking to be “liked” on Facebook, and the other half is desperately seeking vacuous “endorsements” on Linkedin. People on Twitter often demand, in some etiquette-induced haze, that if they “follow” you then you must “follow” them, as if you’re part of some kind of reciprocating engine. Then, of course there are Klout scores, telling you essentially how you stand against others in, well, “likes” and “follows” and “endorsements.”
We’ve become a world of the needy, unable to be comfortable in our own skin, requiring that others validate us for fear we’ll otherwise cast no shadow. Even my dog, Bentley, refuses to beg, though he will drop the food bowl on your foot if you forget his breakfast. Why have we become a nation of people begging for the sanction and succor of others, as if we’re incomplete without it?
I hope you like this, but if you don’t, I really don’t care.
© Alan Weiss 2013