Where Have All the Moderates Disappeared?


Where Have All the Moderates Disappeared?

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n his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell tries hard to build a case for taking the mystery out of the genius and the super successful, self-made or otherwise. He brings out facts that prove that behind even the most “self-made” successes, lie a series of historical or other benign, unique advantages and opportunities that have been accorded to that successful person. In a way, he’s basically trying to take away the excessive veneration of our narrative of success or the excessive flagellations of the unsuccessful and the “mediocre”.

In another book, by celebrity self-help blogger Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a very compelling argument is made about the pitfalls of letting one’s life be measured by the modern-day narrative of what entails “living life to the fullest”. More often than not, extreme viewpoints – be it conservative or liberal – are the noisiest. They get the most attention in today’s hyper-social world, irrespective of whether they have any material benefit when looked at through the wisdom of hindsight.