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Seeking Prestige


Our human instinct (they definitely do exist) often shows a side of us that we would preferably not show. What I’ve come to realize is that Prestige runs through every walk of life. When you join a new friendship group, it is said, that you will accommodate your own idolect (an individuals ways of speaking) to fit into the group to try and gain prestige within the group, as well as that after a heavy night of lip-smacking tequilas and guzzling pints of ice cold suds acting out can often occur to impress and maybe gain trust within these groups – alcohol taking precedence and injecting a surge of animal instinct that pressures the actions of a drunk. This act of accommodation, shows itself when talking to the elderly, small children and even pets; relevantly it depends on the environment. Interestingly it displays how influential others around us are and highlights our need to prove ourselves, seeking this ultimate accolade that we so desperately seek – unknowingly, as it derives from our unconscious mind.

Maybe that is why we write blogs, take pictures, update statuses and tweet all for that three second adrenaline injection when a colleague/friend/family member/teacher/anonymous gives you your prestige and utters what we all crave inside – “well done”…ah how wonderfully glorious it feels for someone to announce their articulation and transmission of prestige and allowing you to enjoy your moment. There are two parties for an exchange of valor, after giving the individual their glory, the individual taking second command will realize their immediate jealousy of the other participants current achievement/act/accommodation, slowly sinking in and pressuring them to seek their own prestige – a never ending cycle jealous prestigious events.

Our distinct and definite need to impress and gain prestige only shows our imperfection as humans, and boils down to our innate desires and unconscious wishes, unfortunately for us this is unchangeable, the only solace we can take is to hope that one day evolution will allow us to give oneself their own prestige – lets hope.