Little Pictures That Make Big Statements
What puts the extra in extraordinary? How does one man, with one voice, make a statement that could possibly change the world?
Efficacy is the ability to produce an intended result. A common colloquial form of efficacy is political efficacy, the belief that one’s mere, single vote can make a big change for his or her community, state, or even nation. So, how do YOU feel about YOUR efficacy?
Not so hot, huh? Or maybe you’re super confident! I don’t know I can’t say, I’m just another 18-year old girl click-clacking away on her keyboard. But then again, even if you have self-esteem that towers over the scrapers of Dubai, what would you comment on others’ efficacy?
Changing something about your life, your community, or even a acquaintance’s belief is no easy task. Do New Years’ Resolutions work the entire year? Are televangelists usually successful? What about petitioning for that new park in town? What, exactly, is preventing us from achieving our maximum potential in which we can actually execute a plan into action?
I wonder if efficacy increases in proportion to efficiency. It’s no shame that today, we are way, way, way better off than our ancestors only a century ago. Technology. Media. Liberalistic views on society today. Shouldn’t efficiency improve our efficacy? We have job seeking websites to shield our face from potential employers. We have Facebook groups and pages to quickly gather attention, support, and followers. We have Google Hang Out to collaborate, brain storm, and innovate. Heck, UPS comes earlier than ever at this day and age! So why is America shrinking in efficacy? Why do we have such low self confidence in our abilities to create and make our dreams? Here’s a wack story:
I have actually seen high efficiency decrease efficacy. Although we see shared stories of amazing women and men fighting for a cause or creating something extraordinary on our Facebook newsfeed, we become to involved in everything that revolves around the status quo and we ending up not even doing anything. Too many people are trying to discover extraordinary acts and talking about them rather than committing to one by themselves. I’m sure there’s still many, but I still feel that people are discouraged to make a difference because of the bystander effect: they’re hoping someone else is going to do it, or someone else already has. And with the technology, it’s easy to see that doing the same thing or helping the same cause will not elevate one to the same fame or kind of celebrity status. So how do you see your efficacy? Is it helped or hindered by the amount of social media today?
Jamie Jones is an illustrator from London who creates clean cut art with a cause. Although they present themselves with an air of simplicity, they carry great statements about today’s society. Feel free to check him out at whoisjamiejones.com
Always use art with respect to the artist.