Entry 147: Atlas Shrugged
The title of a book, Atlas Shrugged was a popular reading topic for a scholarship essay, but I never had the chance to read it. Based on the title alone, I draw some dramatic themes from it that I can attribute personally.
According to mythology, Atlas was a titan who was forced to hold up the heaven, not just the globe. Given the fact that a mighty being was eternally required to bear a tremendous burden, what would happen if the titan "shrugged?"
As a mortal, a shrug is almost insignificant, but with a massive responsibility, a shrug is a large gesture. This shrug could be a release of tension, taking ownership from the mistakes. It could be a crude remark, denying any integrity and giving into the inevitable demise. Or the shrug could be acceptance, realizing that this is your destiny.
In my own life, a shrug is acceptance; I accept how things operate and I react accordingly. I don't find myself surprised by peoples' actions, because people are wildcards. Thus, I understand that there's a human element to it all; an err in their ways.
I also try to react based on logical choices rather than emotion, since the latter is often more biased than logic. But even so, I have to consider that others are emotional creatures, too, so this makes logic difficult. Another factor is the illogical; a person who is not open to new or conflicting ideas, especially logical notions that differ to their beliefs, which is the third factor.
When I see others shrug, it looks as if they know the effort is not worth it, like the point is moot. Dealing with these people is possibly the most difficult, since they simply do not care.