“What has been will be again
What has been done will be done again
There is nothing new under the sun.”
We are all the sum-total of what we have seen, heard and experienced. Given what shapes who we are and how we think, are our thoughts, ideas and opinions truly our own? This question has been on my mind for a while now.
Pop culture is so invasive and penetrates our lives through conversations, articles, books, entertainment, television and through all sorts of other mediums, hardly begging for our permission. These ideas and notions make their way into our lives so much so that even those who choose not to partake in it have it forced down their throats.
Rebellion might be seen as the best way to formulate ones on genuine thoughts and opinions. The thing is, in order to rebel you need something to rebel against and this rebellion requires some knowledge of this status quo. The question therefore begs, can there truly be a genuine rebellion against something without knowing about it?
To muddy the waters even further, we live in a post-Edward Bernays era where the line between genuine opinion and paid opinion is more than blurry. An era where information is tactfully manipulated to suit a particular entity preferably without the targeted audience knowing.
The point of all my questioning is this: Given that there are SO many influencers – conscious and subconscious – shaping our world today, how does one genuinely stand firm for oneself? How are we then able to be the difference the world needs without falling into this perpetual cycle? How do we make our mark on this world? If there is nothing new under the sun, why then bother trying to be unique?
My self-preserving conclusion is this: I am different because though my experiences may not be entirely new to this world, the sum-total of all I have seen, heard and experienced is uniquely different to everyone else – it is uniquely mine. Pop culture is an undeniable influence to my life, but my thoughts are and will remain my own if I search for information beyond what is readily available and force-fed. I must continue to question what is given and dig much deeper than what on the surface. Only then can I begin to say my thoughts are truly my own.