The Velveteen Rabbit was one of my favorite books as a child.Then in a speech class in college I picked the “Real” speech from the book. So, I was going through some books today and came across The Velveteen Principles – A Guide to Becoming Real. I opened the book to this chapter. The Opposite of being real. Basically it says there are a lot of people who can’t be real. They would prefer not to stand out, but to blend in. In doing this they become Objects.
They obsess about their appearance, but it goes much farther than that. Object people worry about what people think about their jobs, their homes and their mates. They worry about the kind of cars they drive. Their children’s behavior and how they look.
In the process of becoming an Object is so gradual one doesn’t even notice it is happening.