On Playing the Fool to Navigate Society’s Mediocrity

Why conforming to the average is essential for social acceptance

Mentalcodex | Julfi
3 min readJul 27, 2023
Artist: Louis Gauffier

The pursuit of greater heights may tempt you to change your loved ones and flaunt your virtues to the world. You will think you’re setting a good example.

But in reality, it will put you on the path of disdain and rejection.

In society, you have to play the fool.

1. Moving Beyond the Average

I have noticed that a rift is forming and widening month after month. Mediocrity is the enemy to defeat and has been growing fast, dragging down the intellectual average of the masses.

In the middle of that, there is us. We don’t share the average’s interests and most people’s superficiality disappoints us.

Outside of real life, it’s not brighter either. There isn’t a day that goes by without news, tweets, or TikToks that chip away at our faith in humanity.

How can you not be depressed by this?

In fact, many of us are, and resort to coping mechanisms to avoid facing our shortcomings. For the rest. They’ve taken on a mission to understand how life works and are pushing their knowledge into action.

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Mentalcodex | Julfi

Power dynamics expert. I share essays and historical case studies about Human nature and its relationship with power.