We pick schools based on popularity.
We pick jobs because of how it will look on our resume.
We pick careers because of how well it pays. (We have student loans to pay!)
And once we achieve the goal, we look around and ask, “Why am I not happy?”
Simply because of the the series of choices that lead us here.
We didn’t choose to amplify happiness but status.
And even then, making ourselves happy isn’t enough either.
When you look around and see inequality and injustice, we want to fix it.
Status doesn’t fill holes like dignity and respect.