- Five-star ratings
- Gallup polls
- Followers and social media ‘clout'
We obsess with gauging the temperature of our present reputation. The numbers are public, ticking up or down like stock prices.
The internet is the grandest stage of them all where we endeavor to present our best self. We strive to prove our self-worth, using likes and follows to pepper our egos.
A reputation is never finished. There's always one more person to attract and appease.
Yet, the perpetual chase of approval remains illusory. There is no need to install an elaborate series of checks and balances on fame's usefulness.
Our mood, needless the temperament of others, is as fickle as the weather.
Vigorous grading is not good for the person, nor the whole.