In life we study, interpret and evaluate ourselves against the others and perhaps most importantly against our current situation. Egotistic criticism in ways is similar to literary criticism, usually informed by social theory, which in the current internet driven world is the
philosophical speculative discussion about ourselves based on our social networks, number of insignificant friends, photos of funny kittens and clout.
Effective egoistic criticism can only be performed if you take away all of the external factors and evaluate yourself against your life and your goals. Who are we without our clout and what can we achieve if we start from scratch, knowing only what we physically know? Well, as a 21 year old, I am about to find out. Having finished my 12 months long internship at a leading car manufacturing company in the world, I moved for yet another summer internship, this time at a leading investment bank in the heart of London.
I am yet to write my final thoughts about my 12 months as an engineer, but all I can tell you right now is that there is an easy way in life, and I’ve found it. I most certainly don’t want to explore it, because that would be as bad as losing my integrity.
The only thing we have in this world that is utterly and intrinsically our integrity, If we give that away, we may as well stop fighting, because losing that battle is what loses the war. There’s nothing worth that.
-Georgia Mason, Deadline
My goal for this summer is to evaluate myself against my current situation and the others in the environment I am in. So far, I feel like I have stepped down from the path to Mordor but am not yet headed back for the Shire.