Banksy's famous depiction of the increasing human reliance on social media as a source of self-worth.

The 21st century has given birth to the media saturated world in which we live; a world where originality is a sin and fitting in is a natural instinct. I have a theory that the hardest work anyone does in life is striving for perfection. Why? Because it simply doesn’t exist. As individuals, the majority of us have a celebrity who we idolize, whether it be a footballer, singer or a Kardashian, a solid fraction of our day is dedicated to keeping up with their latest outfits, hairstyles, songs and even partners. Though we often may not realize it or just choose to dismiss it, we endeavor to be the same, and subsequently we abandon our true selves. More importantly however, several of us trip into a spiral of self-loathing which in some cases may even lead to self-induced death.

As a society, we idolize figures who we don’t even know, when the people we should truly be idolizing are engraved in our daily lives: our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends. Perhaps these people who give our lives purpose are more worthy of our time and affection, and perhaps we as individuals deserve to give ourselves a break the façade masking our beautiful imperfections.  

By Ali Labana