It's been 12 days since I last posted a showerthought. There were several times I had a great thought, but I just didn't have the time because teachers decided that these last two weeks are the perfect time to assign gigantic and heavily weighted projects. I think in the past I would have taken this onslaught of exams and projects with offense, but this time I just felt like this is what I had signed up for. I think with this year I've grown a lot and I've learned to accept challenges and embrace them when I can. It feels good.
Anyways, I wanted to talk about the title of this post. During some event (open house? open house.) first semester, my mom was walking the halls and meeting my teachers (she's very adamant that it's Mr. Willy and not Mr. Wiley). I think it was near the end of the night when Isabella Gomez was standing in the crossroads between the engineering department and math department, and my mom just hit it off with her. It was kinda strange to see two worlds colliding, but I took two and a half things away from it.
My mom always jokes that I'm a clone of my father - we have the same body language, the same body type, similar interests, and we share a few personality traits. We're both pretty reserved with strangers, though I think I'm less so than he is, but my mom will talk to anyone she thinks is interesting, which is a classification pretty much reserved for adults. There's been times where when getting rung up, we have to wait in the store for an extra 15 minutes because my mom is learning about the cashier's lifestory. So, when she hit it off with Isabella G. I was pretty surprised that she found a teenager interesting.
For a couple of years I felt pretty distant from my family, and in retrospect it was probably just that tween-y and hormonal phase that most kids go through. Recently, I've been a lot more involved with family life and I really enjoy it. One thing that I've noticed about myself is that I've started taking my parents' input much more seriously than I had before because I'm growing closer and closer to a point in life where I don't know anything. So the fact that my mom was able to connect with someone 30 years younger than her, really impacted me and grew my love for SciTech as well because it's so densely populated with driven and amazing people. My mom loves Isabella Gomez, and it made me love SciTech.
Change is many things. It's guaranteed, inevitable, and easy. Change will occur no matter what - our universe and our species are sprinting through spacetime, gaining speed with every second, becoming more entropic with each millenia, falling further into disarray with every eon. Because of change. Change is guaranteed. Change is inevitable. Change. Is. Easy. Progress - now progress requires sacrifice and intent. Progress is not guaranteed. Progress is not inevitable. Progress is not easy.
The universe exists and persists without us, without humans. Or does it? It can be argued that the universe only really "exists" because we are here to observe it, but who cares if we can't realize that we need to deserve it. Deserve the chance to take what we've been given and turn it into progress, but instead many of us give into our entropic human nature and destroy the nature around us. We are complex beings, getting more complex by the second because change is guaranteed. Change is inevitable. Change is easy.
Too many of us don't realize that change does not equate progress. It never has and it never will. Those who realize this, the ones who work tirelessly to carry the rest of our species on their shoulders, the Atlases of our generation, they have realized that it is their duty to defy our entropic human nature. They serve us so we can deserve this universe instead of destroy it. Progress is not guaranteed. Progress is not inevitable. Progress is not easy.
The number of Atlases grows with each generation. I think there are more now today because unobstructed reporting of global issues and events is available to the public. Our scope of the world is so much greater than our parents, and from this disparity arises issues, namely balancing selfishness and selflessness. It's fine to enter a field for our individual progress, it's great to enter any field really, but we need to shift our focus from individual progress to global progress. Everyone carries the burden of achieving their own definition of success in one lifetime but the Atlases of our generation realize that we also carry the burden of leaving the world a better place. It's not about satisfying our parents by entering their career of choice, it's about ensuring our children will live a better life than we did even if it means rejecting our parents' definition of success and implementing our own. We are the ones who need to carry the world into a better era. Progress is not easy - but it is our duty to do everything we can, to synthesize our talents with our motives to make sure that progress surrounds us.
Be an Atlas.
Change the world.