Influence of Others

I believe that Kanye possesses a great deal of wisdom. The following tweet is a great example of that:

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This tweet touches on the important role the influence of others have on our actions. Because, in many ways, our actions define us, those we associate with define us by the transitive property. I’m a big believer in the notion that we are the average of the people closest to us. If there is a problematic component of our identity, the solution likely lies less in bringing about internal change, but more in changing those we surround ourselves with.

One can take the logic of Kanye’s Tweet and use it as a possible solution to any problem you may be facing:

How to not “X”.

Avoid being around people who make you want to “X”.

However, there are a couple of problems here.

  1. This could involve casting off countless people from one’s life
    1. If the person is unwilling to change along with you, it might be a necessary evil
    2. You can still love that person, you may simply want to avoid them in specific contexts
  2. One could be the person enabling others themselves
    1. The enabler generally does not view their actions as problematic and if they do, they should ask for help from those around them

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