What do you think Faulkner might have meant by the caption that is around his neck in the image at the top of this blog?
“Dont bother just to be better than your contemoraries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
Progression is the natural human state. Once we discover we enjoy something, and furthermore excel in it, we strive to be the best. Our huberis is to be commended in this as it creates great art, architecture, writing, and forces people to excel in every field. However too often we only measure ourselves by our fellows. In making this mistake we become that which can only be considered abhorent- we become stagnant. Faulkner seeks to destroy this concept that one’s talent is defined by surpassing others and challenges people to surpass themselves. This must be done as the only true way to ensure one always improves is to be vigilent and mindful of all their competition- including the person they were yesterday.