Tell, Don’t Show!

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: May 17, 2018

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There came a point in his life where the Man, despite having all his goals figured out, began to question himself. He pondered at length whether he was a fake, or if he was in fact what he portrayed himself to be. But since he couldn’t make sense of this whirlwind of confused emotions, he often ignored it and looked for assurance elsewhere. That’s how he mastered the art of pleasing others. Overtime he learned how to make a good impression, and he used this skill to gain other people’s approval. His goal was simple: to see the other person smile at least once by the end of each social encounter. To him, their smile simply meant that he was now in the good graces of society. But the more smiles he received, the more dependent he became on society’s praise. Even his goals - that of making a contribution to mankind in the future - revolved around selfish motives. Yet these motives had become such core aspects of his character that he’d stopped noticing them altogether. He knew that he possessed no other skills, and therefore relied on others to validate his usefulness. Thus he kept on giving, and whenever he failed to elicit a smile, he blamed himself for his shortcomings. Every teacher he failed to impress with his charms, every woman he failed to seduce with his words, every mind he failed to change with his speech - they all reminded him that his life would cease to exist if a word of compliment did not reach his ears. And so this is how he continued to live. 

 

One day he heard applause coming from afar, and he followed it until he reached a cliff.  Then, without a moment’s hesitation, he walked off the edge and plunged to his doom. 

 

It is said that even after his death, the applause continued to echo through the desolate valley. 

 


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