comparing your life
April 18, 2002 01:06 PM

I've seen many people linking to this accomplishments by age blank thing. Essentially, you input an age (presumably your own), and it coughs back a list of other people and things they accomplished at that age.

The links all look the same. "I've wasted my life". "I'm five years behind". I'm not as good as the people on that list, but I don't intend to do anything about it. I've thought things like that before. The people I'm getting to know and the authors I'm reading sometimes seem so captivating that I think my life has been wasted by not trying to be more like them.

So I had to know. What was this site? Why did someone create something the sole purpose of which seems to be to depress other people by trivializing their lives and accomplishments?

And the answer: someone in China memorized fifteen thousand telephone numbers while Napoleon conquered Italy. I have no interest in memorizing phone numbers or conquering countries. That is to say: the accomplishments of any given year of a life can only be measured in context. Your life is your context.

By the way, the museumofconceptualart site isn't bad overall; it just has that one tragically overlinked page.

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I am 10 years ahead.

these are the thoughts of tempiale on April 19, 2002 10:55 PM

that is SO VERY not the point. go leave that comment on someone else's blog.

these are the thoughts of kerykes on April 20, 2002 12:06 AM

hahaha - put in age 45. amusing, no?

these are the thoughts of eris on April 20, 2002 06:23 PM

ha! that's a good one. i knew i liked that guy.

these are the thoughts of kerykes on April 21, 2002 12:56 PM

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