January 31, 2016

There are two ways by which people are driven to pursue higher standards or taste: curiosity or insecurity. For those motivated by curiosity, achieving a higher standard is a means to discover something about himself or the world. Once this is achieved, the objects that represent their higher standards or taste become disposable. On the other hand, for those motivated by insecurity, those objects are the end that fill the void within themselves. They cannot feel secure without them. This is why they turn into snobs; their lack would trigger existential insecurity or anxiety, which is projected onto others who lack those higher standards.