Life & Philosophy

New York…


  • It makes you good at ignoring people, especially the haters and the trolls.
  • It helps you think once rather than twice, riding the wave of instinct.
  • It hardens passion and love for the grind, strengthening perseverance.

Of course, you’re not aware of these attributes until you exit the City and realize that most of the world operates with more rigidity and stillness. What’s normal in New York is considered chaos elsewhere.

“People are animals, and the city is full of people in strange plumage.” — E.B. White

New York is not the world. It’s oddly parochial despite being a polyglot city. Yet it still projects itself as the paragon of exceptionalism, a concrete jungle that befits the American Dream.

If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Just don’t expect the same stimulation beyond the island of Manhattan.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.