You are one of seven billion people on this planet, which is one of 40 billion planets in our galaxy, which is one of 100 billion galaxies in our observable universe. So what makes us humans so special? In the grand scheme of things, not that much. We could get hit by an asteroid or be burnt up by a solar flare and the universe would continue to expand without us, but for now we are here and we are the only living species in the universe (that we know of) who is vaguely aware of our position in the universe. But what I find even more amazing than our consciousness, is our expression. Amidst the chaos of the universe there is an extremely fragile and infinitesimal planet that holds seven billion people who each have their own stories, talents, relationships, strengths, weaknesses, and creations. Seven BILLION different perspectives on life with the ability to express them and literally project them across the world and into the universe.
Now, I know I’m basically regurgitating things that people like Carl Sagan said much better than me, but that is actually the point I’m getting too. Many people connected to the things that Sagan said because he had a broad knowledge of science with a unique, philosophical perspective of the universe and was able to communicate it clearly and effectively. Does that make him the best scientist? The best philosopher? The best teacher? Some may say yes on all accounts and others would disagree. In a world of seven billion people, it seems that our society is always trying to determine who is “the best”.
As a creative person, I have found this to be a very troubling subject and I think we all fall into it’s traps. We watch awards shows, give out trophies, read celebrity magazines and countless blogs and articles about the best and worst of every. single. thing. The problem with this is there is no such thing as ”the best”. People have given themselves a false sense of authority in things that are entirely subjective and often extremely personal. Whether it is film, music, art, poetry, dance, food, comedy, architecture, or one of the hundreds of other forms of human expression, all of us critics exalt those we deem worthy and disparage those who fall short of our standard of excellence.
It bothers me that we can’t just let people connect with one another without judging the integrity of the person expressing themselves. It could have a mass appeal or a small niche attraction and it doesn’t make it any better or worse. It just connects to different people on different levels, because people are different.
We all have strengths and weaknesses even within our own skill sets. Many of them are purely biological and others are products of our environment and/or relationships. Most skills are a result of years of hard work, but some people are just fortunate. There’s no need to inflate our egos and even less to degrade our fellow man for simply expressing themselves. In the end, I would like to have created something honest that represents me, the people I love and our short time on this “pale blue dot”. For now, I look forward to connecting with many more people through our personal expressions.Source: