Today’s inspirational quote comes from the great modern day Philosopher, Kurt Cobain: “I would rather be hated for who I am than hated for who I am not.”
Maybe that philosophy is why so many artists, entertainers, and musicians achieve worldly success and then end up committing suicide. Because they realize people only love them for who they think they are and not for who they really are; that is, once they take the time to get to know them.
The secret to success in the material world is to produce something of value in the world. Money is mainly a medium of exchange but it is also a measure of value. Some of the things that the world values though would make me feel as if I was selling my soul if I catered to that.
The more prosperous society gets, the more shallow it tends to get. Just follow contemporary music and the education and healthcare system. It becomes more about money and less about quality. But it still sells.
And this is evolution? More like going backwards.
When all else fails, if no one values you then you can still value yourself as a human being. This means you will have to be confident of your own individualism enough to reject the overpowering collective mindset.
It will be worth it in the end.