An overview of insignificant parts of life

Michael Joshua August 6, 2019

Reviewing truly insignificant things in life

An overview of insignificant parts of life

Humans occupy a very small part of a mind-bogglingly huge universe. It’d take humans 100,000 years to cover the Milky Way by traveling at about 671 million miles per hour – the speed of light. This compels many people to become concerned about their size and status in this universe. While the universe is overwhelmingly big, humans are small and confined to a remote corner of it. This difference often makes people feeling insignificant.

The insignificance of human life becomes evident if one considers himself/herself in this grand scheme of things. Humans only have influence over a microscopically small blip of space-time. Comparison of the physical and temporal smallness often takes people to a darker hue, which is the thought of insignificant parts of life. Everything in a person’s life – successes and failures, busy ambitions, joy, anxiety, sadness, and all that make up human life’s material becomes inconsequential and insignificant.

Despite all these insignificant parts of life, one shouldn’t forget the potentials that make humans significant on the surface of this Pale Blue Dot. From harnessing energy from the sun to redirecting rivers to fertilizing infertile land, and more – lots of things have been done by humans.

One should also remember that despite all the insignificant things in life and the fact that no one does matter to the universe, the universe only exists in one’s consciousness. Once one can let his/her ego go, one can become free from suffering and worry. This is the realization where true empathy is born and one starts to understand the inherent importance of kindness.

 

 

Call to action:

Do you think yourself insignificant in the context of the universe? Let me know in the comments section below. To take the conversation further, you can also get in touch with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. To read some inspiring poems, be sure to check out my books.

 

References:

Hughes, Nick. “Do we matter in the cosmos?” aeon, June 29, 2017. https://aeon.co/essays/just-a-recent-blip-in-the-cosmos-are-humans-insignificant

Humphreys, Joe. “Does the scale of the universe make human life pointless?” THE IRISH TIMES, October 3, 2017. https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/does-the-scale-of-the-universe-make-human-life-pointless-1.3235860

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Michael Mohan Joshua graduated with two degrees from the University of Michigan. He earned a bachelor of scien . . .

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