Today is Ester Day.
If you’re not a Nerdfighter (which is a horrible thing to not be) then I shall explain it to you. The VlogBrothers met a girl named Ester who had cancer, Ester really moved the Nerdfighter community along and so John Green decided that all of Nerdfighteria should celebrate her birthday each year. And Ester said that she wants her birthday to be a day about living your friends and family, not another Valentine’s Day, but a day to express your love for the people you don’t always tell that you love. Then Hank proceeded to make a brilliant video above it which you have to watch.
There are lots of things about this that I like, but there are two in particular that I would like to highlight.
1. The Olympics only have value because we give them value. Things are valuable because we determine that they are. Diamonds are valuable because they’re pretty, they’re rare and because people like them. And to be determined valuable, most things need at least two of those qualities. There are plenty of pretty things with little value: sea shells, sunsets, orange leaves, fields of dandylions, smiles. But the most important quality is that something is either desirable or necessary. That’s why computers, cars, athletes, and actors are so valuable.
It occurred to me that this is the same with fame. I was watching a VlogBrothers video once and the question “Why are the Kardashians famous?” Was posed. Then the point followed “We determine what/who is famous by what we put our time, energy, money and emotions into.” And a heck of a lit of people are investing that in the Kardashians. Why so tabloids publish news about Kristen Stewart’s relationship with that vampire kid? Because people are buying those tabloids and tweeting about it or discussing it or putting some amount of energy into it. We have that power, and we kinda suck at using it properly.
2. Much of our value comes from the things we love and the people who love us back. I think that it is a valid point, but you have to read it a little closer than that. I would say that the value a person feels that their life has is directly proportional to how much they love things. Not “I love TacoBell!” Or “I love Ben Rector!” (no matter how true it is) or even “I love Looking for Alaska!” The real value comes in “I love people!” “I love kids!” “I love God!” “I love this cause.” And more. When love becomes directed toward things that are real and when that love takes action in the right direction. That is when love gives our lives value.
And then he also said that the people who love us give our lives value. I think that quite honestly there is only one person’s love that actually gives our lives value, and that’s God. Sure, we feel that we have more value when we are loved in return by the people we love, but their love has no direct influence on the value of our existence. Plenty of people have found nothing but rejection and distaste from a majority of their peers, but their lives had value nonetheless because they were loved by He who created them.
Random Fact of the Day- The word crush is also a noun which can be defined as “a crowd of people pressed closely together, especially in an enclosed space.”
Mission of the Day- Tell someone you love (in a non-romantic fashion) that you love them.
I love you!