Caught Up in the Current

If you swim with the crowd, will you be carried out to sea?

Charles Collins
Feb 4 · 4 min read

“The one who follows the crowd, will usually get no further than the crowd.

The one who walks alone, is likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before.”

— Albert Einstein

Many people become quite skilled at gathering and mixing the ingredients they source from the crowds they belong to into a distinctive, balanced individual personality. But for many, many others, the identity of the crowd is their de facto identity. Ready-made, they immerse in it and swim in its powerful currents carried along wherever it may lead.

Cut and trampled under the boots of the crowd wave, we often feel detached and angry over the encounter, and with ourselves. We forget how powerful are the forces of nature and man ‘the crowd’.

What is the alternative to life with the crowd?

An alternative to the ‘fast-food’ crowd identities flooding the marketplace, is the idea that ‘life’, like all human endeavors can be learned, practiced, and mastered the same way anyone studies, and develops the skills to practice our trades, occupations, and professions, and become an authentic, genuine, one of kind original replacing the identity of the crowd, with the craftsman’s persona.

This ‘old fashioned way’ of putting in the time to study, practice, and perform the work associated with our trades and professions with skill and quality, is alive and well to this day in cultures all over the world.

No mission is more important, no adventure more rewarding.

For each generation, no mission is more important, no adventure is more arduous or rewarding than the quest to take one’s place in the world, and over time, to turn an authentic, original vision of oneself into a tangible result. It requires commitment, skills, and learning to use the right tools for the job.

No guild of master craftspeople in any trade, occupation, or profession would ever accept a ‘crowd work’ as a masterpiece for meeting the standards for admittance to the guild as a master craftsperson. They would not even allow someone to submit such a work.

You Are The Craftsperson of Your Life

Your life is in your hands. Will you release control to chance encounters with fate, the crowd, and the forces of life to randomly shape it?

You will not hear this melody flowing from the Pied Piper’s flute. It does not attract the following crowd. It is a quiet tune, listened for, learned over time, and performed with practice for a loyal follower of one.

Learn more about Life-as-a-Craft here on Medium, at Life Masterpiece Journal.

Listen to the companion podcast Episode 101: Practicing Life-as-a-Craft

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Charles Collins

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Creator, Life Masterpiece Journal

Life Masterpiece Journal

Structured and practical, Life Masterpiece Journal is your how-to guide for crafting a masterpiece of your life. | Write for us: Publisher@MyLifeMasterpiece.com | Follow our publication.

Charles Collins

Written by

Creator, Life Masterpiece Journal

Life Masterpiece Journal

Structured and practical, Life Masterpiece Journal is your how-to guide for crafting a masterpiece of your life. | Write for us: Publisher@MyLifeMasterpiece.com | Follow our publication.

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