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Depression
Julia Adams, Journalist • May 15, 2024

Concepts of the world

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Earth is full of billions of people living andbreathing every single day. Billions. Each person hastheir own thoughts and feelings, they’re experiencingevery day in different ways. Someone is baking theirfirst ever cake, someone else is crying on the livingroom floor, someone is playing with puppies at a shelterdebating between which one to get, and someone isstuck worrying if everything they know will bedestroyed or not. At this very moment, it’s allhappening. I’ll admit, it’s hard to comprehend that anotherhuman being is walking around the same earth, being their own person, with their own story, instead ofjust the side character in your story. Humans tend to be self-centered, it’s just the way we’re wired.Humans are greedy, ego-boosted, self-absorbed, power-hungry creatures. There’s no way getting aroundthat, it’s just natural.However, humanity is so much more. People are forgiving, nurturing, strong, talented, intelligent,compassionate, wise, social, sympathetic, with the list going on and on.What describes normal verses abnormal? Aren’t we all a little bit crazy sometimes, and aren’t weall just like everyone else at times? After thousands upon hundreds of thousands of years later, humanstend to be quite a mystery. We’ve had philosopher after philosopher, psychologist after psychologist,researcher after researcher, scientist after scientist, answering trillions of questions we have thought ofand asked from the dawn of time.Nevertheless, humans are a mystery. What defines good and evil? Isn’t it all just subjectiveanyways? What makes someone qualified to “rule” over millions of people? Knowledge? Does the worldrun off knowledge? Or is it money and power? It’s all just a belief anyways. Nothing is set in stone real.There really is no written fact about the ins and outs of human psychology. We can have an educated,justified guess, but at the end of the day, how do we know what is true? We don’t.I have three siblings. We all grew up in the same home, with the same parents, samesurroundings, yet we’re all completely different. My oldest and youngest brother have almost a ten-yeardifference in age. The youngest isn’t even in high school yet while the oldest has a wife, his own dog, andown apartment. But they’re still brothers who grew up together, right? Or my mother is an identical twin.She doesn’t have an age difference with her sister, so they quite literally experienced everything together.Despite that, they are downright opposites. So my question is, why do we each individually turn out theway we do?

Billions of thoughts and ideas every second. Probably even trillions. In the past two hundred
years, the world as a whole, has evolved rapidly and intensely. More change than we could ever know.One hundred years ago, people were asked, “What does the future look like a century from now?” andmany of the answers are outrageous, but a lot of them are honestly relevant to the present.So, what will the future be like one hundred years from today? Will the world be run bytechnology or AI, like most people predict? Will we even be here in one hundred years? Change is good,and needed, but too much change is detrimental. Is the world changing too fast and too much?What makes life real? What makes it fulfilling? What gives purpose? Is it all about purpose or isit just being here? Humans are social creatures who crave and desire love and attention. For example, thelittle monkey during the Harlow Monkey experiment in 1958, chose nurture over sustenance.Furthermore, wouldn’t we all choose that?People are divided by introverts and extroverts, but nevertheless, you still depend on love insome kind of way no matter who you are. Whether it’s the way your dog runs toward you after a long dayat school, or linking arms with your best friend while walking, rubbing your thumb over your lover’shand, or lying in the grass feeling the earth all around you; it makes us feel something we crave to feel.The loneliest man on this planet desires love. It could be love for another person, or even love foran inanimate object. Although aren’t they the same love, or is it different? What defines love? I love mygrandmother incredibly much, and I also love grilled cheese and tomato soup. Both, I can’t live without.Both, fill me with warmth. However, it’s still a different kind of love.As an adolescent, older people tell me I don’t know what love is, I’m too young. Yet I’ve seen itin my parents, a jillion times in movies, all the weddings I’ve attended, even funerals, and countlessadditional places. Besides, not only have I seen it, but I’ve also felt it. Don’t tell me I don’t know whatlove is when I have sat on my bathroom floor screaming and crying, don’t tell me I don’t know what loveis when I have fallen asleep with the biggest smile on my face in the comfort of his arms. I experiencelove everyday whether it’s greeting my boyfriend with a kiss or driving to lunch with my best friend.Love is not reserved for when you grow up, love just happens. You don’t need life experience toencounter a certain feeling. When you are born, you are placed upon your mother’s chest to have a skin-to-skin connection. That is love. We have felt love from infancy, even from the womb if you think aboutit.If humans are to love, why do they hate? The opposite of love is not hate, but actuallyindifference. What natural component makes us indifferent? What is causing mankind to tear each otherapart? You cannot have peace without war and good without bad, moreover, that is the way the world hasbeen and the way the world will always be.So, count your blessings. Realize what you are and what you have. We forget what it’s likeoutside our bubble, now especially, we need to remember. We are made up of moments and purpose andsignificance. Biologically, we’re a whole bunch of neurons and cells, however we will always be morethan just that. Alan W. Watts says, “Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears,the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomesconscious of its glory, of its magnificence.” We are everything and nothing all at once. The world shouldscare you, but it should never frighten you. There is so much to discover and uncover in ourselves and inthe universe. So find it.

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