When I was in the 4th grade, I remember playing outside during recess. I was having a good old time, as one does when they're a kid. I remember having a ribbon in my hand for some reason. It was a black ribbon, and I was waving it around, just minding my business, when all of a sudden... a sharp pain pierced my body and rose from my finger through my hand, and then through my entire arm. It was like nothing I had every felt before at the time. Completely bewildered, I ran to a teacher to get to the root of my misery. I was then informed that I had been stung by a bee! It was the worst! After that, I was deathly afraid to go outside for a while, and whenever I did, I stayed far away from anything airborne. Surprisingly enough, I haven't been stung by a bee since that fateful day. Even MORE surprising... I haven't really been seeing a lot of bees lately at all! Where the heck did those little bastards all go? I mean, obviously, they were annoying from a surface point of view so I didn't give a darn, but after doing a bit of research, I realize we actually need those pesky SOBs! Bees are responsible for the pollination of 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. If the bees are gone, we'll lose all the plants that bees pollinate, all the animals that eat THOSE plants, and so on up the food chain. As terrible as I personally think they are, the world needs all kinds to function, including some kinds that (we think) are less than desirable.
The concept of necessary evil is an old one. Wikipedia defines the theory as an unfavorable thing (an evil) that someone believes must be done or accepted because it is necessary to achieve a better outcome. The word "evil" is often used quite hyperbolically but in a general sense, I believe that we can definitely use the phrase to help understand and make sense of how the world works. There was a video I came across on Youtube the other day (which I actually posted on Facebook too), in which a girl named Evelyn spoke about the pressures of being an internet social justice warrior. (This girl is actually super funny. I got sidetracked for about an hour and a half watching her videos.)
I've been trying for so so long to put in words what she has in this video. I understand that with the dawning of internet social justice fighting being held in such high regard, it's easy to judge and disregard those who don't react and post like we do. Some are super vocal and hashtag away like no tomorrow (being looked down on for not ACTUALLY doing anything), some are quieter on social media platforms (accused of being part of the problem, etc.). It really does take BOTH kinds, no matter what your personal preference may be. Some of us are here to fight, while others are here to help those who are doing the fighting. Whether we agree or not with how another person chooses to express themselves, we can't have one without the other, it just wouldn't work, ya know?
I do understand how it's often very frustrating (to say the least), co-existing in this world with people who don't share the same views, opinions, actions, goals, morals, as you. The list of people who actively get on my nerves on a daily basis isn't a short one, I'll tell you that! But I do understand now, that they too are necessary in my world. In this world! For example, me and Ashleigh work well as friends because we understand and accept that we are much different at times, but our personality types are actually complimentary. She is a talker. Like, talk all day, to anybody, all the time, forever! Sometimes I just wanna leave a place, and she's just there talking it up with everybody. Sure, I use to get annoyed, but now I realize that if it weren't for her being the social butterfly that she is, I'D be the one forced to talk with everyone. With her doing all the talking, I can just sit there most of the time, be in my own world, and only chime in to converse when I actually want to. Perfect!
A cool exercise for today, think of something or someone that you HATE, or something that annoys you. Imagine what life would be like without it or them. But no, like really try to think about it in an unbiased way. My views and outlook on life are certainly not for everyone. Some may look at me as an "everything will be fine" hippie type of free floating, ungrounded loof. Guess what though, the world needs overly positive people or everyone would just continue to downward spiral into their own misery forever. I also need those with very grounded views of society and cold harsh reality to keep me from flying off into la-la-land... thinking about sleeping on clouds, being a fairy princess, and frolicking amongst sunflowers all day (even though I'd much rather do the latter). As I touched on in last week's post a little bit, yes, the world does suck! Things are chaotic, things are heartbreaking, justice isn't always served, tragedy is around every corner, all of this is true. However, it does (at least I think), give us the oppertunity to experience a greater and deeper love for all things GOOD and WONDERFUL. We all need each other. I'm going to try my hardest to appreciate ALL types of people, accept them for who they are, and appreciate their role in my life, and this world. I do hope you all can do the same!
P.s. It's hard to see the good side of a bad situation (or person), but trust me, if you think long and hard, there is always SOME positive. Maybe even more than you think!
P.p.s. What's worse than bees you may ask? Stupid mosquitos! I hate em! But "apparently" (still side-eyeing this one though), they too are necessary (sorta)!
P.p.p.s. And if there were no mosquitos, there'd be no Jurassic Park!