Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2011 6:30:26 PM
Our society has numerous issues, and Stage of Life has endeavored to bring attention to many of them. But often times, we spend too much time thinking about what we need to fix instead of what we have done. In particular, there have been so many advancements in all sorts of fields, from newly discovered particles to the experimental fight against AIDS. In light of all these efforts, the cause for increasing awesome deserves recognition. Without people constantly discovering new things, inventing unbelievable technology, and pushing the boundaries of our limitations, the world would not be what it is today.
The setting of how our race is constantly improving itself can be found all over this planet and beyond. From the attempts of a local village in Haiti to build a sustainable mine, to the probes and satellites NASA sends into space, there is no limit or excluded location where attempts to develop the world have not been found. And with the advent of the Internet, anyone has the ability to share his or her own efforts and discoveries with the world. Sites such as Youtube and Google support these attempts to increase awesome by bringing people together and enabling anyone with Internet to share their accomplishments as well as see those of others. For example, Google runs a yearly science fair for young students conducting research, and Youtube has many events and programs such as the Youtube Symphony Orchestra that brings together talented people from all over the world.
Stage of Life aims to unite “people from all walks of life” and share their stories; it could take it a step further and have them share the fascinating research and feats from all over the globe. If we do not recognize awesome, there will be no reason for people to pursue any new technology or possibility without a practical application. While it is important to draw attention to the problems that confront our society, it is equally essential that organizations such as Stage of Life support the efforts of people who aim to do something cool or find something previously unknown. By raising awareness of these people, others on the site will become inspired to make a difference in the world.
There are always many feats and innovations that have been accomplished at the end of each year. Why not celebrate human development and give the inventors, innovators, and visionaries their due? It would also allow teens and adults alike to learn more about science and issues in certain fields. Hank Green, a popular video blogger, once said that he “believe[s] in our country’s ability to be awesome”, pointing out NASA as a prime example of how our country has developed itself to increasing awesome. It is important that we don’t forget to be awesome, and that we recognize those of us who work to increase this awesome.