And most importantly, remember that everything I just said is a complete and utter lie.
Prom is a four-letter word that marks neither the beginning nor the end of the rest of your life.
Prom is absolutely the most significant event of your entire existence.
It is more important than getting married, having babies, launching a successful career and traveling combined.
Your prom experience (or lack thereof) will not get you into a good college, land you an impressive job or help you give birth to the next President of the United States.
Despite what popular media may suggest, not attending prom will not label you a social outcast or ruin your reputation.
If you do not go to prom, know that you will forever be labeled the prom anti-Christ and every single person in high school will remember that you didn’t go and judge you for it.The Ancient Roots of Ostracism The modern word “ostracism” comes from an ancient Athenian political practice in which a person could be removed for 10 years if enough citizens expressed this desire through a vote cast on a pottery shard (ostrakon).Interestingly, ostracism was often used preemptively as a way neutralizing someone who might be a threat to the state.From social exclusion on the playground to being ignored in the workplace, ostracism is among the most devastating experiences we can endure, deeply connected to our most fundamental human need to be recognized and accepted.Ostracism can reshape the human brain, and in extreme cases, even make a person want to go on a killing spree.