Our insignificance

hugo's picture

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Plant an identity and self consciousness in something and soon after, it will recognize itself and believe that it is highly significant.

Plant God in something and it will immediately believe that it is of the highest significance,
after God.

Plant awareness in something and it will start to understand what significance truly is.

zoya's picture

insignificance as body-mind individuals vs. as souls

To put it more accurately - our insignificance as the individuals, the mind-based persons, the body-based persons, right?

Not the soul, not what we are beyond body and mind.

But at a second thought, this which is beyond is said not be individual, not an isolated object so there cannot be significance anyway to something that does not really exists.

zoya | Thu, 12/24/2009 - 08:58
nelo's picture

Mankind and nature

Words of wisdom.

The first 2 paragraphs explain the great achievements of mankind on one hand and on the other hand the great trauma of mankind and terrible damages humankind inflicts on nature.

The third paragraph provides the disillusionment but also the hope. Disillusion because it leaves us completely devoid of significance. Hope because it neutralizes the bad effects of the first 2 paragraphs. Only hope because there are so few of us who truly reached the level described in the third paragraph.

nelo | Fri, 12/25/2009 - 23:11
john's picture


This insignificance, in spite of what we all want to think about ourselves, is further demonstrated in the terrible outcomes of the earthquake in Haiti.

They say now that there are over 150,000 dead and who knows how many suffering casualties, and those devastated by the loss of relatives and friends, and those who lost their home and intimate things, and their daily life, and their plans for tomorrow.

Think about one and you will feel the sorrow for the many. There is no other way, you cannot truly sympathize with great many.

By this you will realize the complete insignificance of whatever you attribute to your "I".

john | Sun, 01/17/2010 - 20:34
alon's picture

This is why we are unable to identify

I think this is part of the reason why after some time we forget the catastrophes and keep on in our regular life as if it didn't happen at all. Such mass numbers of people like us who die or severely injured just like that in an arbitrary way undermines our sense of significance.

Moreover, this is maybe also the reason why we find it so hard to identify mentally with these unfortunate individuals. We feel sorrow, we sympathize with their terrible fortune, we even donate money and try to help but if we were really been identified than our life would have shattered to pieces, we would have not been able to function at all.

And there is also survival of course, mental survival that probably prevents us from being identified too much.

alon | Mon, 01/18/2010 - 08:05