If there is one thing I’ve learned from studying English literature, it’s that we should not construct our own identity through other people. We run the risk of hurtfully putting down others. This is, of course, cruel and dehumanizing for them, buy also unfair to ourselves. It makes our own opinions of ourselves fragile and weak. We run the risk of losing track of who we even are because all of our constructs are based on societal norms and what we and the rest of society think of others and their actions.

We should define ourselves by what we accomplish, what we believe, and what we enjoy. This helps us love ourselves and appreciate the struggles and situations of others.


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