People often throw around the term “underrated.” But, what does that really mean? The Urban Dictionary defines ‘underrated’ as this: “Something or someone that deserves much more respect than people will allow.”
There’s something a bit peculiar about that definition to me. Basically, for something to be underrated, people disallow something a certain respect? If that’s the case, wow, the number of things I could say are underrated… For example, being a decent, kind, and generous person all at the same time is incredibly underrated in today’s society.
But, I digress…
Many times we’ll talk about songs, movies, artists, actors/actresses, and books as being overrated and underrated. But, it seems to me that the definition that U.D. has of underrated certainly covers quite a breadth. What is it that makes people so disrespectful towards something that it becomes underrated?
Does this mean that something that’s underrated has to be something that’s universally disliked? I’ve always thought of “underrated” as being something that simply never got the attention that it perhaps deserved for whatever reason. But, come to think of it, it’s hard to respect something you don’t know about it, isn’t it?
That leads us down another avenue of thinking. With so many overrated things being pumped out and forced down people’s throats all the time, there’s a whole treasure trove of “underrated-ness” that we’ve all been missing out on.
You know what else is underrated?
Good, positive news and people making good in the world.
Having good food and fresh water.
Finding people that would rather talk about things that they like rather than the things that they hate.
That last one is especially underrated.
So many times, all I hear about is how much someone hates whom or what rather than talking about those they like. It’s just like you’re judged if you like something more than if you hate something. People today are attracted more to negativity. What gives with that?
If you take away one thing from this whole discussion, it’s that positivity in general has become scarily underrated. Who thought that would be our conclusion?
What’s something you think is underrated?
~ Amelia <3