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What a silky, treacherous word.

We hide behind it and luxuriate in our high standards.

We, the barons of Ivory Pages,

Rise above our mediocre peers

who underwhelm us daily with their wide-eyed, bourgeois creations.

We mock their innocence and vulnerability.

Eh, it’s quite endearing to some degree, if we’re honest.

Cute is a better word. Like a puppy licking our face.

Then we get intrigued by their nerve.

Their candor.

Their annoying grit.

They fall, of course, and we rejoice in their humiliation.

I told you, buddy.

They’re on their knees wiping the eggs off their glasses.

But they get up.

Like exasperating toddlers who won’t sit down once they’ve learned to walk.

We see them getting noticed.

Getting praise.

Deafening applause.

We get blinded by their limelight.

In their shadow,

we, the persnickety,

blue-blooded laborers keep busy polishing our work

Like sculptors rubbing…

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