Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Gods or specks

Human beings. What a magnificent joke we are, right? Or at least a conundrum. Because while we think of ourselves as the be all, end all, highly vital, superior planetary species in many matters (second only to our respective, personal Gods of choice) the truth is, we're just specks in a limitless universe. Or are we something more?

Are we specks, Gods or somewhere in between?

It really is hard to say. And if you think really deeply, you'll soon realize that our air of self importance is quite amusing. Especially considering the vastness of the universe and the insignificance of our relatively inconsequential lives.

On the other hand, we can still make a difference in our own personal world and our undeniably dubious future. In fact, right now, the fate of the entire planet depends on our collective actions or lack thereof. That's huge, right?

But what if we were gone? Would it matter? Wouldn't our departure be an improvement? After all, we are responsible for much of the environmental damage that has rendered earth nearly unlivable. And really the only reason we're able to fix anything is that we're the ones who screwed things up in the first place. So, it's more of a clean up than a Godlike magic act, isn't it?

And then, there is the human ego....

Scroll through any social media venue and you'll quickly start to wonder about the state of our inflated egos. Why is it that we feel our individual opinions, beliefs, etc. are so very important? What does it matter in the scheme of things?

Oh sure, we can have a collective positive impact on our little piece of the universe for the short time we're here.

Still, we're not exactly Gods, are we? Or if we are, we're not doing a very good job. If we were that great, well then hunger, thirst, bigotry, hatred, greed, selfishness, exclusion and all the other atrocities of the world wouldn't exist.

So, we're specks then?

If so, that's OK. Still, we're self important specks, aren't we? Going around arguing or making an argument out of everything from religion to which way the toilet paper should hang on the roll. Truth is though, in the long run, none of that matters. It's all just a pathetic attempt to define ourselves or find some meaning in our otherwise mundane existence.

And what is the meaning of life anyway?

Are we a purposeful plan or a happy accident? In the end, of course, we have to admit that no one truly knows. And yet we go on bickering and battling over religion, land ownership, citizenship, money, power and the like. It's silly, really. Because we created most of the things we fight over. None of them actually exist in the natural world.

So, we're back to being Gods then?

Well, not really. Because Gods don't worship the things they create, do they? It's supposed to be the other way around, isn't it?

Folks, we are clearly just a speck on the face of the universe. Our petty, selfish concerns are just a speck on that speck. On the other hand, if we can push our pettiness and prejudice aside and work for something that really matters, like kindness, compassion and healing, we really can have a godlike impact on at least our little corner of the universe.

But hey, who cares about that garbage? There are wars to wage, sides to choose and people to place the blame on. Plus, there's that toilet paper....

By the way, the correct placement is over the roll, of course. Any idiot can tell you that.

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