As social animals, I think that we often work for the approval, praise, and acceptance of other human beings. I believe that this tendency to "live for others" is so detrimental to the whole of society. Because, when we are all looking for someone to give us praise and/or acceptance, we fall into manipulations of other human beings that use this natural tendency to their advantage. I guess it raises some questions: why do/would we value the opinion of someone else over our own values and morals? Who are we trying to get appraisal from? Because if their values don't align with our own, what's the point, anyways? Living at New Life for these past couple of weeks, I've noticed that some people seem to be holding Julien up as some sort of king or wise noble; Yes, I appreciate and respect his decisions to work on himself, study Buddhism, and help form and manage this foundation, but I don't think that he's a god for doing that. I think that possibly, some people that have deeply recovered during their time at New Life can't believe that they could recover like that on their own, and maybe they sort of revere Julien for creating this for them. I don't know for sure if this is true, but it seems to be. I have definitely noticed many people holding Julien to a higher degree, which I don't like and strongly disagree with. For example, I was on dinner duty last night, and I decided to sign Ciara's goodbye card on the kitchen counter. Then, Karen came over and said something along the lines of: "Are you almost done? Could you finish it out there? Julien's cooking in the kitchen today." & later, she told me that when Julien is cooking in the kitchen, we try to stay out of it. Which I don't like because when one person is 'raised up,' it pushes other people down lower on the 'rank.' Like how I was signing a card for someone deeply connected to the foundation, but it was belittled in the "social status" of Julien. Also - I don't have any problems with Julien individually; I don't think he understands or notices this kind of thing happening; and if he does, I don't think he enjoys it. If anything, I think that this behavior might have him feeling alienated-- in his own home. I hope that some individuals here learn not to revere people that seem more/are more spiritually wise than themselves. And this goes for anything: movie directors, famous sports players, singers, actors, well-known figures such as Ellen Degeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Hawking, The Kardashians, etc. When we revere others, we lose a sense of respect and connection with our own wise selves. I think the best way to live is to appreciate and respect others fully; just as much as we equally appreciate + love ourselves.