In the United States, today is a holiday commemorating the life and work of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, born on January 15, 1929. The man is famous for promoting racial equality up until is death April 4, 1968. So in the spirit of today I wanted to write a more in-depth response to a prompt in the sunshine blogger award which I was nominated by Teddy the dog talks.
My original response: business-trek.com/2018/01/13/the-sunshine-blogger-award/
Who is the greatest person of all time?
In order to find who is the greatest person, we first have to define what greatness means – we could define it as financial, artistic, intellectual or whatever measure one can think up of. Unfortunately the easiest objective measure is money – yet money is very fickle. It doesn’t measure importance, it measures a strange vacillating blend of value, scarcity and feelings – this is why water, one of the most important commodities, is cheap while diamonds, one of the least useful commodities and most common gem, is expensive. However, if I were to use importance as a measure, I believe that regardless of who you are, where you come from, or what your socioeconomic status is – the most important person of all time is everyone – every human being who has lived, is living and has yet to live. We are all important and here’s why:
Every job is important regardless of economic utility
I was heading to the Getty Museum in LA over the weekend and a construction site caught my eyes. I’ve always loved watching construction sites – the fact that what was once an empty lot now becomes an engineering marvel is to me art.
A construction projection is funded by wealthy investors, designed by engineers and architects and built by builders. Of course the investor gets paid the most and the builder gets paid the least – so imagine if there were no builders and everyone was an investor – the building would never be completed. Now lets go further, imagine if there were teachers – there would be no one to teach the engineers and architects – thus the building would never be designed.
We can take one role away, no matter how economically small and the building would never get done. Of course we could talk about machines taking over human jobs but that doesn’t mean the person replaced is no longer important. We are important because we all impact each other in someway or another.
We are all connected: Past, Present, and Future
Now if we take away one person out of this world – would the world still be the same?
No it would not.
If we took away Catherine the Great’s neglectful mother, then she would probably still be Sophie, an obscure German princess. If we took away Aristotle from Alexander the Great, he might not have become a military legend. If we took away Einsteins parents – he might have never learned mathematics and physics – he might have ended up a concert violinist instead.
We can even go a few steps further, if Aristotle had never met Plato, then he might have never become the fable Philosopher. If Plato never watched his mentor die of poison – he might have never continued his mentor’s work – if so, we wouldn’t have the United States, we wouldn’t have western culture or even eastern culture as they are today.
Of course, I’m only using the famous because they were written down in the history books – but the same still holds true for the obscure. Imagine if your parents didn’t exist or that friend of yours never came into your life, or that person at your work never insulted you – would you be the same you?
The answer is probably no.
I believe that if we can remove someone out of this world, and the world remains the same – then they are unimportant – but I don’t believe that will ever happen. Everyone impacts someone in someway – look for it and you will be surprised on how connected we all are.
In conclusion I believe that we are all important, that every human being who has lived, is living or will live has a significant role to play no matter how small economics or history says it is.
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