You do understand that we're arguing around an old question. And I'm poking at your limited, wholly materialistic weltanschauung.
The sun has set on the days of:
- dispassionately considering all sides of an issue
- seeking to honor good intentions and results where found
- being honest about shortcomings in one's own thinking
- trying to build up the person on the other end of the conversation, rather than destroy them
I myself have a handful of people on here and Twitter that I just no longer give the benefit of the doubt, after enough false accusations of racism, plagiarism (the latest farce), and seeking POTUS-cide. I mostly succeed in finding amusement in this.
Your tastes and preferences define your notion of importance. This is empirically verifiable.
I don't dispute that. What I contend is that, while doing so, one should recognize that it amounts to viewing the world through the lens of one's own interests. Any decisions made are tempered by that knowledge.
It's a self-awareness beyond standard ego consciousness. It tends to make you truly ashamed of and prepared to abandon any sort of self-centered, exploitative motive.
It's one of those things that anyone is capable of doing, provided they really want to.
I've been saying all along that the schools should get the geeks laid instead of the jocks. Even with this study they still won't listen.
I don't know. There is something romantic about choosing to be a geek, against the grain, up the hill, against all odds and disincentives, doing it because you really want to and not because you were bribed into it. It shows great courage and spirit, which I believe is closer to what life is all about. The ones who "go with the flow" and do whatever is the path of least resistance are cowardly and hedonistic by comparison.
I believe that the "real world" is a fallacy. Everyone has their own perception of reality.
I would go so far as to say that you never truly reached adulthood until you can clearly and effortlessly distinguish objective, evidence-based reality from your own subjective feelings and opinions and wishes. Objectivity is when your own tastes and preferences do not influence your decision-making about anything important.
Until you can do that, life is a chaotic mess with no solutions except those that create more and more problems.
Aren't happier people better at pretty much everything? Isn't that sort of the problem with depression?
It's also the problem with alienation and dehumanization, not merely depression. Go out sometime and see for yourself, how rarely people talk to one another like fellow human beings. Usually they would rather talk at someone, listen poorly and keep interrupting (because they have no patience) even when they are listening to an answer to their own question, and generally can't relax and slow down and "take in" much of anything. The irony is, this rushed and hurried approach to life is so error-prone that they accomplish fewer of their goals than they would otherwise.
Compared to that, depression is just a particular special case, an instance of a much more widespread problem with the way we live.
You're as daft as damn_registrars.