*Nobody’s a nobody in their own life-narrative. It’s a basic human cognitive bias to think you are more significant than you are. It’s an evolved trait that helps us to survive and thrive. Only depressives and manic-depressives in the depth of depression have a realistic view of the world and their place in it. It’s a very, very rare person that can continuously contemplate the truth of existence and not shoot themselves or invent a religion.
“I’m Nobody! Who are you?” is the first line of this poem by Emily Dickinson:
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!
How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!