Symbiosis

I saw this Twitter post earlier with a lot of retweets and likes or whatever:

“The problem with putting others first is that you’ve taught them you come last.”

What a depressing thought. There are some things that people say or quote that are supposed to be profound and deep, but end up just being utter horseshit (see above).

I feel like there’s this obsession with people choosing between their own happiness and the happiness of those around them, or with people showing how much of personal toll they are sustaining for the benefit of others. Why? Are we looking for pity or pride? Do we want others to view us as some type of Christ-like figure sacrificing ourselves for others?

My happiness should not come at the expense of others, nor should the happiness of others come at my expense. Sometimes it can feel that way, and perhaps more so today than ever before, where all of our interactions with people feel like transactions. Though maybe that’s not new, but there has to be a better way. Why can’t my happiness come from the happiness of others (and vice versa)? Mutualism is possible, but it takes a culture shift. People need to reorient themselves; their priorities and their attitudes.

3 thoughts on “Symbiosis”

  1. I get where that mindset comes from. I think it can be useful if you’ve been a pushover in life or never taken the time to do things you want to do. It’s only useful in doses and when used very purposefully though. Making that phrase your life’s mantra is definitely not a recipe for longevity. I agree with you on that.

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  2. I get where that mindset comes from. I think it can be useful if you’ve been a pushover in life or never taken the time to do things you want to do. It’s only useful in doses and when used very purposefully though. Making that phrase your life’s mantra is definitely not a recipe for longevity. I agree with you on that.

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    1. Well said, thank you. Also obviously I know who my 17th best friend is, let’s hang out soon, and you’re probably closer to the top 10 than you think 🙂

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