Is Life a Popularity Contest

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Vanessa Marion
Website Editor

It is not always on the conscience, but there are times when this thought may arise. Yes, it is very cliché, but it is a topic which can be discussed often, and it still holds relevancy in today’s age. Is life just a big, long popularity contest? The opportunities you receive may be based heavily on your social status, your attractiveness, your funniness or your charisma. Whether someone has a particular fancy for you could cost a vote or a decision that could change your entire life. It seems that those on top seem to stay on top because they are easily likeable, or considerably more attractive and richer. This is most easily analyzable in the typical structure of the high school hierarchy, where in most cases the wealthier, more attractive, more charismatic are on the top, and the rest go at the bottom.

The reality is, we just all want to be liked. We all want to the at the top of that pyramid. Whether we want to admit it or not, whether you want to stick up the finger and claim that you don’t give a damn what others think, everyone does. We all want the benefits that are given with being loved. It’s in our nature to care about what others think, but when does this go too far?

Giving others benefits without looking at their credentials is where this goes too far. Choosing one friend over the other that is more qualified and prepared is where this falls short. Just because you admire somebody more than others, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t analyze both candidates evenly. 

Yes, in many ways life is a popularity contest, but it can begin to change with individuals who give people opportunities not due to biases, but to genuine skillset.

Originally Published on Vol.49 Issue 12 on April 1st, 2020