Numbers don’t define your worth


Artwork by Gianna Cabral

GIANNA CABRAL, Staff Writer, Arts and Culture Editor

People tend to judge each other based on their outside appearance. But who we are on the surface does not show who we truly are as individuals.

Society defines us by little things, such as our size, age, and height, just to name a few. Although those are just some simple, small details, they all add up quickly and most of the time, we don’t even realize we are judging others.

There’s a million and one reasons why we all get judged but let’s face it- we are all unjustly defined by numbers. I know it sounds crazy, but did you know that when you go to the doctors, they have you in their system as a number? What about how when it comes down to it, the Government knows us as our social security numbers, not by our names?

A majority of teenagers tend to judge others based on the number of friends they have. Typically, if someone is the stereotypical definition of “popular,” everyone wants to be friends with them. If someone doesn’t follow certain trends, they tend to be frowned upon and be brushed to the side.

The funny part about it is, it truly does not matter how many friends you have or how you look. You could have so many friends and feel so alone in the world, and you could have absolutely no friends but still have the biggest heart.

I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that nowadays, no matter how great or not-so-great of a person you are, all that people care about is how many days you’ve kept streaks on Snapchat and how many followers you have on Instagram.

I don’t understand why we can’t just define each other for who we are on the inside. We all have stories worth telling and we don’t even get the chance to share them because people automatically judge without getting to know us. Why can’t we put faces to names instead of associating people with numbers?

We were all given names for a reason, let’s learn how to use them.