The Myth of Important Events, etc.
Ask a twenty-five year old mother what is more important – her child’s first birthday or World War II. She might say, based on what she has been led to believe over the years, World War II. However, in truth, it is her child’s first birthday. In 2014, World War II is merely a topic of conversation for 25-year olds; a series on PBS; or a news item appearing on TV. This generation is so far removed from that War that they recognize it by rote.
Do you want to find out what’s important to people? Go on Facebook or other social media site and read the posts. The items cited are as diverse and numerous as those posting them. This all goes to portray the premise that importance in any facet of existence is entirely relative to each individual. No matter what event it may be, the level of importance is totally subjective. Do you think African tribes follow the Super Bowl? I’d be willing to bet that there are those of you who just read Super Bowl in this post and don’t know what it is. Yet, there are a multitude of maniacs that live and breathe not only this particular event but the whole sport of football.
One can’t judge importance as it pertains to each person. I remember having a discussion with one of my employees who needed a day off from work. “It’s very important that I go to the doctor today,” she said. I told her she would have to re-schedule because another person had already submitted to have off that day. I said she could ask that person if he would consider taking another day. She did and he didn’t want to since he had arranged to go fishing with his son. “He’s just going fishing, that isn’t as important as my doctor’s appointment,” she argued. I replied, “It is to him otherwise he would have switched days.”
A minor and perhaps trivial example for sure, yet it personifies what important means and it can only be determined by each person. Granted, we have many events that are accepted as important by a great many people. Let’s say Christmas for example, a day that millions think is important. Not in Israel. They have their own important days and feasts.
So, as I continue, the predominant theme will be the subjectivity connected to almost anything one might deem important. Next, I will look at a very laughable aspect of importance, usually displayed by those who think they are important, or at least try to convince others that they are. The sad part about this phenomenon is that the gullible and mindless actually buy into the premise and even try to emulate the moronic behavior at the expense of their dignity.
Next: How People Display Importance
• “Respect is not a given. It is earned. Those who expect respect without giving it to others or working for it are simply looking for an excuse for their own ineptness.” DD