Peter Schjeldahl

“[T]he years that you spend as a nobody are painful but golden, because no one bothers to lie to you. The moment you’re a somebody, you have your last truth. Everyone will try to spin you–as they should, with careers to think of.”

When we are unimportant, others reveal to us who we are in their mind. When we are important, others hide their true selves by trying to please us so that we will please them. They will no longer be a mirror for how we appear to them (see “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen). Thus, it is a blessing to interact with those who don’t respect us as it reveals much about their nature and ours.