How do you measure a person’s importance in society?

/ 11 September 2009

There are two major categories under which I, Alexander Celeste, measure how important an individual is in society. The first is how active a citizen they are, and the second is what their employment is. Before I delve into the details of these two categories I just want to point out that these are just two major categories, but there are other minor categorizations and methods I use that I won’t talk with you about here. What do I mean by how active a citizen any single individual is? Well, that in itself can be broken down. I guess the primary thought behind this category is taking the word “active” and replacing it with “activism”. A regularly used example of activism, especially this close after we elected Barack Obama president, is election years. Many people who may not otherwise by active citizens come forward as activists for one candidate or another. The way American Society is set up, in order to get votes a huge number of activists are required per precinct in order to draw out enough voters. Based on this category I’m definitely an important individual in society. Of course, almost any cause has activists. So by far you can totally reject the processes of elections and still by an active citizen. This is also the largest category by which I measure the importance of an individual in society. How can I say that employment, especially in this recession, is a measure of how important an individual is in society? First off, remember that these are separate categorizations and you only need to fall into one of these to be important in society. Secondly, as I’ll cover in greater detail later this year, the workforce of a society is essential to the continuation of its existence. It is effectively the backbone of the society. Without it we’d be unable to gather food, fuel cars, get educated, or learn important news on which to base our assumptions. These are only a few examples, there are thousands more. So, given that knowledge it is plain how I can judge what employment an individual has as part of measuring their importance in society. Though more employment than not isn’t education-oriented, it is important to note that those who are educators in our society have the most important employment of us all. Without them how would we ever keep our society alive? I’ll let you ponder those implications. I also want to point out that not only do I rarely specifically measure an individual’s importance to the society in which they reside, but that when I do it is a case-by-case measurement. The two categorizations explained above and those that aren’t explained are simply guidelines, but not solid rules like those of Trigonometry. I refer unto these when measuring someone up, but will more likely judge them important to society even if they don’t meet any of the guidelines. Another important consideration if you are going to go measure an individual’s importance in society is that no two societies can use the same set of guidelines. I wrote this entry based purely on my experience as part of the ecosystem of American Society. But in truth that is a very narrow understanding of how to measure the importance of an individual in their society. To truly understand I would have to know enough about every single human society to be able to write entries as in-depth as this one is about each of those societies. Also, as with all of these entries, know that these are my own ideas and no one else’s. So, you should only use this answer as a template for your own and not actually use it. I don’t even use it consistently or literally, so you definitely shouldn’t be using it yourself. Instead take the time to build your own list of guidelines someday.