Why do we continue to compare ourselves to that which we are not? The answer tends to bounce back and forth between inspiration and self-flagellation. While this comparison used to be exclusive to public space and popular culture, our appetite for comparison has expanded to the faces on the news-feeds of our social networks. We compare beauty, wealth, social status, Instagram followers, and photo-frozen experiences—as if who people really could be observed by standing at a distance.
The truth is that perfection is a poisonous concept. But we don’t need to live our lives in self-doubt: