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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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.
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When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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