Why I Wanna Be Like Everybody Else

Why I Wanna Be Like Everybody Else

We don’t have cable. And for some reason we can’t get local channels where we live.

So I get my news in a weird way. On my computer I have France24 news streaming live via the internet.

It’s a great way to practice my French and the stuff the French talk about is kind of interesting. If you ever want to engage me in a heated debate about Cote d’Ivoirienne politics you’d best come ready, ‘cause I’m well informed.

What I find fascinating as I listen to the news is that Europe has most of the same problems as America. If not worse. Immigration issues. Entire countries are going broke from bad fiscal policy. Unemployment. During my undergraduate degree all my PoliSci professors would rant about how we need to be more like Europe.

This isn’t a political commentary about America or Europe. What I’m trying to say is it’s fascinating to me how much we take our cues from other people. I do it all the time. I want to be like everyone else. The pull is irresistible.

And yet, as I look around, it seems everyone else is just as confused as I am and they are taking their cues from someone else.

Reminds me of when the Israelites begged God for a king so they could be like everyone else. They ended up paying the piper for that choice for years to come. (1 Samuel 8)

Maybe I don’t really want to be like everyone else. Maybe the problem is that the One I should really want to be like has really high standards that I get tired of trying to live up to. It’s easier to compare myself to people around me. (Even though I can’t necessarily see what their choices are actually costing them. Things are usually worse than they appear. We put up a good front.)

When you do whatever everyone else is doing you get the results everyone else gets.

If you want to live an extraordinary life you can’t be like everyone else. You have to live to a different standard. It’s a hard standard, but the payoff is extraordinary.

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried – G. K. Chesterton