“People fail to be themselves because it is easier to be somebody else and because they can copy somebody else’s success rather than risk their own failure. Working hard to copy somebody else is in the end not selfless; it is, in fact, selfish. ‘There can be an intense egoism in following everybody else. People are in a hurry to magnify themselves by imitating what is popular – and too lazy to think of anything better.'”
Finding Sanctuary, Abbot Christopher Jamison (quoting Thomas Merton).