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Happy new year/decade. Please no inspiring triumphalism

Hi inspirational celebrities:

If you struggled & got success this New Year or New Decade, congratulations. But know that your struggles and successes are yours. Please don’t give us “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps (like I did)” or “Pursuit of Happyness” lessons.

Don’t ask that we – regular folks who aren’t in your position – find meaning/hope/lessons for ourselves in your stories. It is exhausting to try to do so.

Not to take away from your achievements, but we don’t live in a meritocracy.

So don’t strengthen the narrative that Every Triumph is potentially Everyone Else’s Story.

It’s one of the worst stressors of a stratified society.

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