Hello North House!
I hope you’ve all had a pleasant weekend. Hopefully none of you have spent it sinning and thus condemning yourself to hell.
For this week’s blog assignment, rather than reflecting on society as a whole, I want you guys to reflect on yourselves as individuals of a society. I’m sure most of us have at one point pondered about the significance of our lives. There are roughly 7.4 billion people on this planet and each one lives out their lives until one day they die. So, how does the life of one individual change another’s? How does a woman taking care of her kids affect the world? How do we change the world when we wake up every morning and go to school? Does speaking out about something matter when no one seems to be hearing? Do any of our actions actually matter in the grand scheme of things?
To help you guys in trying to determine your significance in society and this planet we call home, I leave you with an excerpt from “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
When Dad was tucking me in that night and we were talking about the book, I asked if he could think of a solution to that problem.
“The problem of how relatively insignificant we are.”
He said, “Well, what would happen if a plane dropped you in the middle of the Sahara Desert and you picked up a single grain of sand with tweezers and moved it one millimeter?”
I said, “I’d probably die of dehydration.”
He said, “I just mean right then, when you moved that single grain of sand. What would that mean?”
I said, “I dunno, what?”
He said, “think about it.”
I thought about it. “I guess I would have moved a grain of sand.”
“Which would mean?”
“Which would mean I moved a grain of sand?”
“Which would mean you changed the Sahara.”
“So? So the Sahara is a vast desert. And it has existed for million of years. And you changed it!”
“That’s true!” I said, sitting up. “I changed the Sahara!”
“Which means?” he said.
“What? Tell me.”
“Well, I’m not talking about moving that one grain of sand one millimeter.”
“If you hadn’t done it, human history would have been one way…”
“but you did do it, so…?”
I stood on the bed, pointed my fingers at the fake stars, and screamed: “I changed the course of human history!”
“I changed the universe!“
Do you think that the actions of a single individual matter when trying to create change within a society? If not, do you think that for change to happen, more than one person has to be involved? If so, do you think that a person should even bother with trying to create change because they are only 1 in 7.4 billion?