Following Everybody Else

"There can be an intense egoism in following everybody else. People are in a hurry to magnify themselves by imitating what is popular -- and too lazy to think of anything better. Hurry ruins saints as well as artists. They want quick success and they are in such a haste to get it that they cannot take time to be true to themselves. And when the madness is upon them they argue that their very haste is a species of integrity."

~ Thomas Merton, from New Seeds of Contemplation