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Scientology/Self-invalidation (with correction in first sentence)


Hey Laurie,

In a recent post about the "middle class" you mentioned that doing things because others are doing them can be very self-destructive. Is following the crowd self-destructive because it negates self-determinism or is it because of the potential repurcussions of such an action?

I feel like doing so can be a form of self-invalidation if the thing you are doing is contra-survival.

The destructiveness comes from the self-invalidation or the negation of self-determinism.  One's goals should be one's goals, not the goals others set for one.

Complying with societal conventions could simply be good manners.  Adopting the goals of others when they are not compatible with one's own goals, denies the worth of self.


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Laurie Hamilton


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