The scary part about this is that if you’re my age, a millennial, you’ve been brought up on AIM, texting and Facebook, trained after almost two decades of “social media innovation” to have your dopamine system completely hijacked all day by endless scrolling and notifications. You were literally socialized to be an addict. Don’t believe me? Try to quit Facebook for a week. Try leaving the house without your phone.
In reality, Danes don’t live by a strict set of commandments, but Sandemose articulated a pattern already prevalent in Danish culture. By aspiring to be average, and no more, they will likelier meet expectations and reap the satisfaction of attaining their goals, Copenhagen-based therapist Lindsay Dupuis told Quartz. They will be, simply, content.
Success is an ever-evolving thing for them. They accomplish things that other people could only dream of, but it’s not enough for them because they know they could do more or they know what they could’ve done better if they’d had more time. They’re great builders of never-ending ladders.