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Life today: The bigger the better

Updated on April 28, 2012
Humans and birds dwarfed against the massive ships and the shipyard in the backgound - Maybe suggestive of the idea that humanity itself is being dwarfed by the concept of The bigger the better
Humans and birds dwarfed against the massive ships and the shipyard in the backgound - Maybe suggestive of the idea that humanity itself is being dwarfed by the concept of The bigger the better | Source

What would you say if someone asked you "What is the meaning of the phrase The bigger the better?"? It is understandable if you don't have an answer. From breasts to biceps and from homes to economies, the concept of The bigger the better has swooped the world into a frenzy. There seems to be a constant battle to be the biggest in all areas and walks of life. Here's how.

Even this sand mermaid seems to be a victim of The bigger the better notion
Even this sand mermaid seems to be a victim of The bigger the better notion | Source

Impact on perception of human anatomy

1) Bigger breasts

The topic of bigger breasts has been talked about on and on and on. From breast enlargement surgery to magical breast cream to silicone breast implants, the cosmetic industry has reaped in millions of dollars from the notion, The bigger the better, especially when it comes to breasts. Bigger breasts have forever perceived to be directly linked to increased beauty which we all know to be untrue. This is a classic case of how a concept infused by society and perception in general can triumph of simple logic.

Biggest breasts trivia

Maxi Mound, a 47 year old model cum stripper cum actress from NY has the Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Augmented Breasts. For the record, Maxi wears a bra size 42M.

2) Bigger penis

Only a woman will tell you that if the size of a man's manhood is average, it is more than enough to satisfy her. In fact, she will even tell you that there are many other ways to satisfy her but that is up for a separate discussion. The concept of The bigger the better has associated itself strongly and more than ever to the size of a man's penis. Penis enlargement surgery to pills that promise larger manhood, companies are again swooping in on a cash cow that has no end.

Bigger Penis and how

Penis Enlargement procedures were relatively unknown until recently. Penis Pumps, Penis Enlargement Pills, Ointments, Penis Stretcher and other reported surgical procedures are some of the supposedly successful treatments available to men who want to be better endowed.

3) Bigger bodies

It is difficult to understand why men and women decide to bulk themselves up to an extent that their bodies look unnatural and artificial. A man's well-built body is good to look at, but not one that looks like a monster! Again, the thought of The bigger the better beats common sense and men and women alike are depending on steroids, protein powders, pills and other substances to bulk up and be bigger than the rest.

Unverified trivia

Greg Valentino, a bodybuilder who confessed to using steroids reportedly had biceps measuring 28 inches often regarded as the world's biggest male biceps. Renne Toney was officially declared the woman with the world's largest biceps at a staggering 20 inches.

It should be noted that the author does not endorse or promote any of the above procedures. They have only been stated to support the topic. In fact, Princesswithapen promotes natural living and the beauty of a natural body and advises men and women against such procedures unless medically advised.

Impact on basic elements

Buildings, ships, aeroplanes, homes and armies are some of the most basic things that we all can relate to even during childhood. These are some of the most elemental objects that affect the thinking of even a toddler. The materialistic impact of The bigger the better, in our lives has been explained around these basic elements.

1) Bigger homes

The idea of The bigger the better has infiltrated our personal spaces since beginning of civilization. A larger home was looked at a better sign of prosperity, which is generally true to a certain extent. Of course, only when you equate prosperity to money. Again, we are not going to debate whether prosperity has any relation to money or not. It all boils down to the crude fact that we are all out to get larger pieces of land and bigger homes for ourselves and our families.

World's biggest home

Antilia, the home of Mukesh Ambani, an industrialist in India is pegged to be the World's biggest private residence. The home is a 27 storey building with nine elevators out of which two are dedicated to parking only. The building will be equipped with swimming pools, spa, theatre, helipads, hanging gardens, palatial rooms, ballrooms, panoramic views, a reported staffing of more than 500 personnel and a expected cost of up to $1 billion.

2) Bigger (taller) buildings

Builders, construction companies and even countries boast with pride that they have the world's tallest building. The need to create such tall structures has been on ever since man learnt how to build. Right from the Pyramids of Egypt (146m) to Eiffel Tower (300m) to the Burj Khalifa (830m), man has constantly been looking for ways and means to build the tallest. This is a strong support to the ideology that humans have always yearned for something bigger than the biggest.

As a separate interesting note, many of you might be surprised to know that out of the top 10 tallest buildings in the world, only one is in USA – the Sears Tower (442m) in Chicago. All the rest are either in Middle Eastern or Asian countries.

3) Bigger planes

As the years have gone by, the aviation industry has seen one Boeing and Airbus after another. There has been advancement in technology which has brought forward increased safety, comfort, speed, convenience and a lot more. Another change that has remained constant is the size of the planes. Sticking true to the concept of The bigger the better, Boeing and Airbus both have evolved since the 30s, 40s and 60s to bring out bigger planes. Their latest offerings, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A380 are both mammoth jets beating its predecessors in size, flying distance and a lot more.

4) Bigger armies

Why is an army included here as an element every child can relate to? Because even a 6 year old can tell you that a bigger army means more power and more might. The talk about having a bigger army or spending more money on military expenditure in the world has been debated day in and day out since the world wars. Countries are arming themselves with cutting edge military technology and larger forces day by day. Just another testimony to The bigger the better phenomenon.

In 2010, US reportedly had a federal military budget of more than $685 billion!

5) Bigger ships

We all have played with toy boats and toy ships during childhood. In fact, if you have lived on a coast line, chances are that you have said "Look Ma, a ship!" during one of your trips to the beach or the coast. Boats and ships are etched into the history of mankind because they were the primary source of transport for humans before planes. Over the years, ships have become larger, longer, heavier and meaner.

World's largest ship

Currently the largest ship in the world is the Emma Maersk which weighs more than 170,000 tonnes, is more than 430m long and burns more than 1600 gallons or 6300 litres of heavy fuel per hour in the engine alone. These are massive proportions which itself speak for The bigger the better ideology.


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      princesswithapen 6 years ago


      I too believe that some of the things mentioned above are better only when they are bigger. And I'm sure most of the readers will agree with the both of us. But then the question is, why is human kind falling into this vicious circle?


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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I'm not so sure that all of the things mentioned are necessarily better when bigger. One thing that I do think is better is imagination

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      hi psychicdog

      I'm sure smaller tools are a boon for the workforce, especially for builders like yourself. But these small tools are being used to build bigger things. Don't you think?

      You are always welcome to rant because you always post meaningful comments!


    • profile image 6 years ago

      Great read -thanks pwap - Japanese are a little different in this regard - they miniturize - even plants(bonzai) - In my trade - small is beautiful - quality power tools that are small get into more places but newcomers make the mistake of buying huge cumbersome tools which aren't as practical for most jobs - small tools - big workload is a better combo. Cheers for letting me rant and rave here!!!

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Interesting point you raise there, Flora. Technology, at least when it comes to gadgets that affect us on a personal level is getting smaller. On the other hand, the society in general is accepting, or should we say, succumbing to "bigger is better".

      Thanks heaps for pointing out the 200 milestone. It feels great to know that there are people out there reading what you write. If makes everything worthwhile, doesn't it?


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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hi rai2722

      I'm glad you found this hub interesting. This is indeed an intriguing topic and I had a great time writing it.

      Hi naeemebrahimjee

      Yes, getting bigger has a many positive outcomes. But it has its own downsides too. The BP oil spill is a classic example.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      And yet that doesn't seem to be the wave of technology. Technological gadgets seem to be getting smaller and smaller. It is an interesting phrase. Do we believe bigger is better because everyone says that and are just parroting others? Perhaps.

      PS: I see you are at 200 followers. Congratulations!

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      naeemebrahimjee 6 years ago from London

      I think that the bigger the better idea is in our DNA. Our brains as humans are bigger then any other animal (in ratio terms). Doesn't that show that the animal with the biggest brain has developed the most and done the best for themselves? Bigger in anything can only help!

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      rai2722 6 years ago

      Very interesting hub. Just realized that everybody is looking for something bigger of everything. Thanks for sharing.

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hi Vinaya Ghimire

      I am sure that your question "why the world is crazy for bigger things" can be talked about for hours and hours till no end. It is difficult to point a finger towards one answer. Although some may simply point fingers to 'money' and 'greed', I'm sure there is much more insight and thought due to which this notion exists.

      I'm really glad you found these points thought provoking. I too was left wide eyed while I was researching for some of the facts in there.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.


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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      I wonder why the world is crazy for bigger things. It was fun to read your hub. Some of your points are thought provoking and I enjoyed reading interesting facts.