World Population : 7,810,521,683
just in case somebody start feelin too important
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7 billion people experienced this day in a different way
In a busy world in which there seems to be a shitload of yelling & screaming & gnashing of teeth … it almost seems like while we claim being unimportant, or let’s say “my individual vote just doesn’t matter” or “why should I do something … it really won’t matter”, our individual opinion and thoughts have gained importance in our own mind.
This has reached an almost absurd position in which we say we are unimportant but our view is of ultimate importance.
Maybe another way of saying this is to say that while we feel increasing insignificant as an individual in the larger world we believe our individual beliefs are increasingly significant in the larger world.
That said … within this wretched place many of us find ourselves in … I almost called this ‘empty ideology.’
Because while we may struggle with a belief we are relatively insignificant in the grander scheme of things we are becoming increasing worse at articulating the significance of our feelings, thoughts & beliefs.
Basically … in a busy world we have chosen to be hollow thinkers on specific topics.
One of them is ideology … pick your poison on this … liberalism, conservativism, green, etc.
We take some ideological stance and argue it mostly with an “it just is” rationale.
Let me further explain hollow.
“… for conservatism to keep doing what it’s been doing—another policy journal, another article about welfare reform, another half-day seminar on limited government, another tax credit proposal—even though we’ve been losing ground for at least a century, then you’ve implicitly accepted that your supposed political philosophy doesn’t matter and that civilization will carry on just fine under leftist tenets.”
I don’t care if you are a conservative or a liberal … our arguments seemingly reflect an overall belief that our argument just doesn’t matter.
If you don’t believe arguing, or a healthy debate, is actually going to matter you will either not even invest in engaging and or if you do engage you will inevitably not invest the energy and hard work to go beyond a simplistic airheady argument.
You will fall back on trite idiotic stereotypes or the infamously shallow “it just is” logic.
“educated but ignorant, politically correct loony liberals.”
<although I always liked how Stalinists called them “rootless cosmopolitans”>.
“lunatic wall street right wing nutjobs.”
I find the generalized, stereotyped driven simplistic platitudes not particularly helpful to a good discourse let alone argument.
I could easily argue we are all important.
But I could also easily argue that to actually BE important it takes some work.
Just ponder that a little.
We certainly have to work to survive and pretty much all of us are okay with that.
We just go ‘do it.’
It takes a lot of effort and … well … work is work and leisure is leisure … and we get that.
But the truth is that a ‘non airhead simplistic argument’, i.e. knowledge, also takes work .. it takes effort. Far too many of us just do not “go do it” with reagrd to knowledge.
And as many people have pointed out … if you don’t work at knowledge, the winner <because you have become a loser> is not really ignorance … it is skepticism & cynicism.
Neither of those two things is conducive to persuasion and neither of those two things is conducive to effective listening.
This is really important <and we should discuss more often>.
People, in general, are not stupid nor are people, in general, ignorant … they have mostly just given up. If they believe if they put in the work, become more knowledgeable and more enlightened, and … yet … believe our argument will just not matter … uhm … then what is the incentive to put in the work?
Enlightenment requires you to often double and triple-check factual assertions.
Enlightenment can dispense justice and foster real betterment & opportunity only if we are not lazy, take the easy path to truth or we do not rely on “it just is” logic.
Truth is a funny thing.
Facts are a funny thing.
You don’t have to agree with the truth nor do you have to agree with facts … but you do have to obey them in order to BE important <not just feel important>.
It is easy to believe something and just say “it just is.”
And it is even easier to suggest the reason your belief is not mainstream because somebody, somewhere, is covertly operating behind the scenes <most typically wielding political correctness as a weapon> pulling the strings of society to manufacture the ‘wrong things.’
It is hard to think, gain knowledge & wisdom which is demanded to articulate what is maybe most important to actually making you important – your idea, thoughts and beliefs.
We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe.
In a world of 7 billion people it can be fairly easy to feel unimportant.
And, yet, by ignoring the other 6.99999999 billion people it can be fairly easy to feel pretty fucking important.
They may not care about you but you sure as hell better care about them because you are … well … you are important and you should BE important.
If you believe in something, it matters … it is important.
If you stand for something, it matters … it is important.
And if it is important … it is important that it not be empty but rather full of thought, wisdom and listening.
Just don’t feel too important.
Here is the test of wisdom,
Wisdom is not finally tested in schools,
Wisdom cannot be pass’d from one having it to another not having it,
Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof,
Applies to all stages and objects and qualities and is content,
Is the certainty of the reality and immortality of things, and the excellence of things;
Something there is in the float of the sight of things that provokes it out of the soul.
Song of the Open Road
By Walt Whitman