In 2000, artist Martin Creed installed an equation in white neon letters on the facade of Tate Modern in London: “the whole world + the work = the whole world.” This equation suggests -at least in my eyes- that the world is infinitely massive, and adding our work to it is still infinitesimal. While our existence and work may seem negligible, they are yet the most valuable things we possess.
Although we may feel insignificant, each person’s unique experiences, skills, and contributions make the world a diverse and vibrant place. Consider Rosa Parks, whose small action of refusing to give up her seat on a bus had a lasting impact on society and the world.
The equation “the whole world + the work = the whole world” reminds us to make the most of our time on this earth and leave a positive and unique impact.