Reflections #10: Who Defines what Makes a World-class Song or Movie?

I’ve quickly come to realize that there are few universal truths. The world is subjective, and the concept of “good” is no exception. As I enter into adulthood, I am beginning to realize that the world is far more subjective than I ever could have imagined. What I once believed to be universal truths are now revealed to be merely personal beliefs and opinions. One such example is the concept of “good” or “world-class.” While there may be a base minimum standard that is widely agreed upon, what qualifies as “good” beyond that point is entirely subjective.

In my short time on this planet, I have come to understand that being world-class in any particular field is subject to the rules and standards of that particular environment. Take music, for example. Who defines what makes a world-class song? Is it based on the number of streams or downloads it receives, or is it based on the critical acclaim it receives from music industry professionals? Or is it simply a matter of personal taste? The same can be said for movies. Who decides what makes a film “world-class”? Is it the number of awards it receives or the box office numbers it generates?

The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. What qualifies as “good” is subjective, and it depends on a multitude of factors, including personal preference, cultural background, and societal norms. What may be considered world-class in one environment may not be viewed in the same light in another.