First article: "A new study by Thomas Curran and Andrew Hill in the journal Psychological Bulletin finds perfectionism is on the rise. The authors, both psychologists, conclude that “recent generations of young people perceive that others are more demanding of them, are more demanding of others, and are more demanding of themselves.”
When identifying the root cause of this growing appetite for excellence, Curran and Hill don’t mince words: it’s neoliberalism. Neoliberal ideology reveres competition, discourages cooperation, promotes ambition, and tethers personal worth to professional achievement. Unsurprisingly, societies governed by these values make people very judgmental, and very anxious about being judged.
Psychologists used to talk about perfectionism as though it were unidimensional — only directed from the self to the self."
Second article: "To a YouTube search for “be your own boss,” and the results seem to go on forever.
“HOW TO BE YOUR OWN BOSS IN 2021 (MUST WATCH)”
“20 BUSINESS IDEAS FOR 2020 T0 FINALLY BE YOUR OWN BOSS”
“BE YOUR OWN BOSS! How we escaped the 9-5 ft. Chris Hau”
“MAKING $2,000 IN ONE DAY!”
Most people who try to follow through on this dream fail. Even if they scrape together the starter capital for their own business, 70 percent of businesses go belly up within their first decade of operation. And most that do make it don’t net their founders “$2,000 IN ONE DAY!”
But one interesting thing about this genre of videos is that relatively few of them are really about getting rich. Most people who dream of being their own boss are imagining starting the smallest of businesses — ones where they would still be doing most of the work. The dream, after all, is to be your own boss, not to simply be “the boss.” The focus is often less on money than autonomy.
The idea that everyone could eventually be an independent farmer or small businessman was already becoming a bit anachronistic in Lincoln’s day. But today, the idea is manifestly absurd. It would be structurally impossible to maintain a modern economy with a labor force that consisted entirely of future independent proprietors working a few years at a time before striking out on their own.
That leaves us with a stark choice: either we have a society where, as even capitalism’s most ardent defenders like Kevin O’Leary admit, the vast majority of people are powerless employees who don’t “control [their] own destiny,” or we can transition to a society where people collectively control their destiny."
<tldr: the articles aren't contradictory in any way, you're just a reactionary pearl-clutcher too lazy to even look up the shit, fuck off simp