Here’s one of the weirdest arguments I hear against the themes of Afford Anything (ditching your 9-to-5, growing wealth, escaping mediocrity):
“If everyone did that, society would collapse.”
What? Elaborate, please.
“If everyone quit their cubicle jobs, we’d have no more workers left. Businesses would stop running and the economy would collapse.”
Uh-huh. What does this have to do with me?
“You’re a part of society.”
Oh, cut the posturing. You could make that argument about anything. If everyone became doctors, we’d have no teachers. If everyone became firefighters, we’d have no accountants. If everyone was blonde, the world would have no brunettes.
The “if everyone did it” argument is an irrelevant excuse. You are not everyone. You are only yourself.
If everyone paid their credit cards in full, Visa and MasterCard would go bankrupt. Does that mean you should hold a balance?
If everyone maintained a healthy body weight, the job market for obesity experts would shrink. (No pun intended). Does that mean you should gorge on 11 pounds of hot dogs?
If everyone treated animals kindly, anti-cruelty groups would become irrelevant. Does that mean we should start kicking puppies?
Obviously not. You’re not responsible for keeping MasterCard in business. You’re not responsible for keeping the economy afloat. You’re only responsible for yourself.
Our egos like to imagine that the world would stop turning without us. That existence itself would shrivel up. But contrary to everything we’ve been taught, our actions affect only ourselves and our “circle of influence.”
What the heck is a circle of influence? It’s the people around you: friends, family, Facebook stalkers. In a world filled with 7 billion people, that circle is too weak to tear down the fabric of society.
I know, your ego doesn’t want to hear that. You want to start a ripple effect. You want to impact and inspire others.
And you might. Or you might not. You can’t control what other people do. Everyone’s choices are ultimately their own.
Thanks to epSos.de for today’s photo of a puppy. Don’t kick it!