Human Relevancy Proves Opposites can both be Right

The Unsolvable Question Of Human's Individual Relevancy

Two opposite ideas, that we matter on the individual level and that we do not matter on the individual level, are both proven correct.

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To begin my journey as an Odyssey Creator, I believe it is only fitting to delve right into the deepest of my theories from the start. To avoid overwhelming, this is only one of my many theories and convoluted understandings of the complex world we occupy (you'll probably be introduced to many).

There are few things in the world that stem from opposite principles, yet make so much sense. For example, the classic test of personalities and outlooks: "Is the glass half empty or half full?" Technically, both answers are correct. It is about perspective. The opposing arguments cannot reach a definitive answer, as they are both accurate. That was probably not the best example but the overarching point is; two opposing things can both be correct.

My Theory of Opposites: You do not matter. But at the same time, you can change everything.

So, my theory stems from a song called "Tiny Glowing Screens, Part 2" by a widely underrated rapper/poet/songwriter named George Watsky. The first line of this poetic rap is, "There are 7 billion 46 million people on the planet and most of us have the audacity to think we matter."

Then he begins listing everyday events that we, as people, grow numb to, such as a random comedian dying or a fisherman who passed away. Watsky then writes "Because there are 7 billion 47 million people on the planet and I have the audacity to think I matter." The lines that follow are relatively random, but he says one thing that is very important, "We live in a house made of each other."

You do not matter.

Perhaps the pessimistic side of human relevancy is the truth that relevancy indeed does not exist. As Watsky mentioned, there are over 7 billion people in this world. The thought of one ordinary human impacting someone across the world is naive and requires a bold ideology and great self-image.

It's similar to how we say things that appear to be the end of the world now will be forgotten in a year. Everyday occurrences, our small acts, in the grand scheme of things, do not matter. There are simply too many of us and too much happening.

You can change everything.

At the very same time, everything you do inspires a chain reaction, affecting others. "We live in a house made of each other." The human race is a big game of dominos. For example, say while walking back to your dorm one day you pick up a book someone dropped and give it back.

Later on in the day, that person then does a small act of kindness for someone else. And that person does one for someone else. And the movement continues. By the end of it, a whole campus could become a better place, inspiring a city, inspiring a nation, inspiring the world and it all started with every day, an ordinary reaction by one individual. You changed everything and you did not even know it.

Opposite Ideas, Both Correct

So the answer to the question raised in "Tiny Glowing Screens, Part 2," is continuously debatable, likely without ever reaching a conclusion. Similar to the glass half empty or half full confusion, it is a debate of perspectives, which in their own ways could both be comforting. Knowing that the small things you do may not have a grand effect on the majority is reassuring.

Knowing that the small things you do may have a grand effect on the majority is also reassuring. So yes, you do not matter. But yes, you can change everything.

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40 Small Things That Make College Students Happy

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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Sometimes, Having A Crush From Afar Is Better Than Acting On It

Sometimes, just the idea of something is better than the reality.

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I've been in college for almost a full year now, and I have seen a lot of new people. There are so many boys here that I have talked to, seen, or even just heard about. With this comes a lot of crushes.

I've been known to get crushes fairly easily. Whether it's because they were nice to me, if they play a sport I like to watch, or even if they're just hot, I have been known to fall very easily into the trap boys put out there.

In college, it's been very easy to act on crushes that I've had. In high school, if I had a crush, I would suppress it so deep down that no one ever knew about it. My way of showing someone I liked them was ignoring them or being mean to them, which obviously didn't work out in my favor.

Now that I am in college, I feel a lot more confident to make a move on someone. Sometimes they reciprocate it, sometimes they don't and I look stupid. Is this a better plan than what I had been doing in high school? Maybe, maybe not.

Either way, I mess things up for myself quite often. I always embarrass myself in front of crushes that I have and then get nervous and ghost them. Does this make me a jerk? Absolutely.

One crush I had I ended up hooking up with one time and he was really weird after that and he just wanted to hook up. I take responsibility for hooking up with him on the first night, but I thought that this could lead up to us talking, which it obviously wouldn't. I learned that day that in order to find my someone, I had to move past the people that only wanted me to hook up.

I obviously have stopped doing this due to the fact that I make myself look dumb and I know now that I don't always have to make the first move.

I liked making the first move because it really made me feel powerful in a sense. This was my way of switching the gender stereotypes and I loved it.

However, I have learned that whatever comes will come. Being laid back when it comes to relationships has NEVER been my strong suit. Seeing all my friends hook up with boys and date boys has always made me feel inferior because the attempts I made were either short-lived or never happened.

From that point on, I have decided to stop acting on the crushes I have. Whatever comes will come and I will find my perfect person one day. Whether that's tomorrow or ten years from now, I know he'll come. Until that happens, I still want to have fun and enjoy my college experience. However, I will not be acting on every single crush I have anymore.

Sometimes, just the idea of something is better than the reality.

Your imagination is something that you need to keep throughout your life because without it, the reality of life will set in and it might just eat you alive. Keep dreaming about that boy in Math class and that boy on the Baseball team and think of any scenarios you want. Your perfect someone is waiting out there for you, and he'll be here soon.

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