I’m following that guy that’s following Adrian!
And I’m following Adrian.
Ever since I began my humble -and dare I say eye-opening- journey through Adrian’s Tumblr, I began to question both myself and the world around me. Over the past couple of weeks, I began to delve into thoughts about the significance of our culture, our place in the Universe, and even the very nature of existence itself. I can now safely say that, through following Adrian, I have been enlightened. While I won’t pretend to have all the answers, I will share some of the wisdom that I have been lucky enough to obtain.
It’s safe to say that Adrian is one of the most influential cultural icons of the decade. I would even go so far to assert that few people in the past century have had the same level of impact that Adrian could have. I’m talking, of course, about his level of niceness. Critics (if there are any) could potentially point out that the world isn’t as nice as Adrian, which means that he’s clearly not that influential. The first point is valid, but the conclusion is not as logical as it may seem. In fact, the world not being as nice as Adrian is the reason why he is so influential. The real power of Adrian’s niceness lies not in its intensity, but in its infectiousness. He seems to have the supernatural ability to not only be extremely nice, but to bring out the niceness in others. Even with this veritable superpower, he’s only one person, right? Yes, but imagine the potential butterfly effect. Say Adrian affects ten people. Those ten people now have Adrian’s niceness. If they go on to infect others, the world could possibly have to deal with a pandemic of being nice to one another. As powerful as this impact may be, it only deals with society. Adrian’s influence expands far beyond that.
If someone were to compliment Adrian, he often gives a genuinely modest response. This is a lesson that can (and should) be learned by all humans. No matter how great an accomplishment, humanity as a whole is but a small, virtually insignificant part of the Universe. This idea may depress some, but I would say (and hope that Adrian would agree) that this mentality should emphasize the fragility of our species and world. Helping and Cherishing one another should be a priority, as to secure the longevity of humanity. Adrian’s humility is almost a perfect example of this kind of behavior, whether he openly acknowledges it or not.
Humanity’s place in the Universe would be an irrelevant topic if the Universe didn’t exist in the first place. I’m not about to discuss the scientific question of “how” the universe exists, but it could be enlightening to speculate about the more philosophical question of “why”, and how it relates back to Adrian. A fellow follower of Adrian once told me “I wake up every morning and think, ‘Gosh, I’m following Adrian.’” This quote essentially confirmed what I was already postulating. Adrian Chung is the center of all existence. René Descartes’ famous phrase, “Cogito ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am) should be expanded upon, in my opinion. The full and complete phrase should be “I think about Adrian, therefore I am”. Adrian’s very presence must logically be the binding that holds together the fabric of space-time.
Following Adrian’s Tumblr has enlightened me and every other person lucky enough to look upon his wisdom. Yet while many of life’s most difficult questions have been answered, some still remain. I have mulled over one question in particular for days, but to no avail:
What is “A Cheese”?