People Are Awesome…. Why Aren’t You?
This video, titled “People Are Awesome”, is simply mind-blowing. It’s basically 5 minutes of people conquering every fear, extreme, and impossible odd.
After only a few clips, i found myself asking, “Why Can’t I do that?”.
I pose this question, not simply because I’m jealous (though I can’t deny I am), but because it raises an interesting point.
What separates these people for the rest of us? What is it that allows them to perform exceptionally? And is it somewhere in all of us?
Between the acts of extreme strength and precision, I started wondering whether each of us has the natural capacity to achieve these feats. My train of thought led me to our old friend, Immanuel Kant. Remember Kant’s concept of enlightenment? That each individual impairs his use of reason through ignorance, laziness, and immaturity.
Kant’s enlightenment theory is one of self-determinism. With effort and focus, each man can learn to think for himself. But, can Kant’s theory be further applied to topics other than just knowledge? Does each person, deep down in their innate being, have the ability to land a back flip from a moving car? Perhaps the only restriction to being awesome is the restriction we ourselves place on our abilities?
I’m sure some people will argue that, with the right amount of training and skill, man can learn to do anything. However, there is also a clear counter argument to this statement.
The antithesis of this video, “The FAIL” , is far more prominent in today’s world. Everyone has seen a video of someone trying to grind a skateboard down a handrail, only to split themselves in two and double over in pain. These videos propose a far more realistic view of man’s capacity and raises another questions: What separates these “failures” from the successful “awesome” people in society?
My personal feeling is that Kant’s argument is only one aspect of the answer. I believe it requires a mixture of natural ability (biology), acquired skills (experience), and dumb luck. But, this debate is clearly open to debate.
So, what do you think? Is the thing holding you back from achieving the impossible really just a voice in your head telling you no? Or is there an awesome gene that only some of us have? Either way, one thing is certain: PEOPLE ARE AWESOME.