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The astounding insignificance of humanity

By Nick Morrison

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By Nick Morrison | Staff Writer

February 12, 2013

We as humans are so constantly distracted by our own presence that we can’t even seem to grasp our own insignificance.

We are too focused with every moment of our lives to be able to sit, watch, observe, and listen to the true nature of the universe around ourselves.

A day in the life of the average human is cluttered with thoughts that cause such vast amounts of suffering that wouldn’t exist if we let go of the idea that there’s a “way things are supposed to be.”

We are so convinced that these preconceived notions of existentialism define how the world in which we live operates that we doubt a reality any different to ours could even exist.

We as humans have set evolutionary boundaries onto ourselves saying, “Wake up, go to work, go home, sleep, wake up work, etc.” that we cannot even begin to conceptualize an existence without such repetitive nature.

We as humans have brought ourselves to a standstill, and yet we have technologically, mentally, and emotionally evolved to a point of having the potential to live as beings together as being in peace in this universe, yet we choose not to.

As humans, we instinctively believe that we are constantly doing the best we can, that we are good and wholesome individuals, and that we are making progress.

Are we? Our repetitive system of living makes us think that every day we wake up we are serving a cause, but is that still the case? With upwards of 7 billion people on this world, can we truthfully say that every individual is doing what they can to contribute to this thriving race of primates?

With so many people on this incredibly massive rock, in this incredibly massive star system, in this incredibly massive galaxy, in this indefinitely expansive universe, can we truly say that every living organism is “fulfilling a task?”

No, because we are not fulfilling a purpose. Our only purpose is to have no purpose.

Most people cast away this possibility, saying that in this infinite space we call the universe we have purpose and reason, but we do not.

People will argue, “We simply have to work towards a goal, we have to strive to do our best because that’s simply the way things are supposed to be.”

That’s the misguidance of humanity, however. There is no definitive way of “how we are supposed to exist” because we are currently existing.

We cannot set standardizations for how to live in this universe because it is impossible to standardize something that is currently unfolding.

Humans did not evolve upon this earth, look at a tree, and state with pride, “Tree, I’ve decided that I’m not fond of the way you’re growing, your green leaves should now be purple.”

A human never came across an ocean’s wave and decided, “Wave, you’re not doing a very good job of being a wave, I think you should try being made of helium, not oxygen and hydrogen.”

So why is it that a human can come across an entire species of people and state, “Humans, you’re not doing a very good job at being humans, you should follow the teachings of God/Allah/Avinu/Buddha/Shiva/Science.”

How are we allowed to tell ourselves that we cannot exist freely? Why do we allow ourselves to question our own moral authenticity to simply put certain people above others? Why are “good humans” better than “evil humans?” How do we even know what good and evil are?

We as humans think in such definitive dualistic nature, that we think, “We are most certainly good!” or that “We are most certainly evil!”

Humans have proved time and time again that we are good or evil, but not that, “We are simply doing exactly what we are doing as we exist.”

To exist in this universe is to have the constant mindset that the world around you is trying to kill you, which is an instinct by nature–the fact that we seem to forget is that we as humans are still a part of nature.

We set ourselves above nature with ideas such as, “Look at us, we have made such technological advances that we are better than those petty animals.” But that’s exactly what we are, petty animals.

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2 Responses to “The astounding insignificance of humanity”

  1. A. R. on February 13th, 2013 8:16 PM

    Wait… if we call animals petty when we ourselves are petty animals, doesn’t that make our own opinion irrelevant? Therefore, we are NOT petty. ;D


  2. David A. Bloomquist on July 4th, 2015 4:56 PM

    This was one of the most interesting things I’ve read! Thank you.


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