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Significance

October 3, 2010

A friend of mine sent me this video. It’s worth watching – will take all of 4 minutes out of your time, but will alter the way you look at things forever: http://www.flixxy.com/hubble-ultra-deep-field-3d.htm

After watching it, I responded to my friend:
“Did you ever have a doubt as to how very small and insignificant life on Earth is, in actuality? And yet, how very important each of our tiny lives are to us who are living them, eh? And – when the time comes, there WILL be other places to inhabit, other planets… and yes, of course, there are beings on other planets. How can there not be?
When I look at ants or other insects, or think about the colonies of bacteria in our bodies, I wonder if we are, indeed, just little tiny living organisms in some large body – and we have NO idea!
There is still so much we don’t know.”

And truly, there IS so much we still don’t know. However much we think we know, there is still more. And so very much more to life than we usually realize.
We get so caught up in our day to day lives – the importance of having the furniture arranged just so, or owning a certain set of china, or even some status symbol car. Yet, how important is it really? In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t make a bit of difference.  Oh, don’t get me wrong. I like nice things. And I also have a detachment about them. I know I can do without them and still be perfectly happy.
We get so caught up in our causes, our politics, the way we think the world should be – and yet, in the grand scheme of things, what does it really matter?
Sometime in the future, our vistas will extend to other planets, other galaxies, and we will look back at this time as we struggle with questions about locking the borders of our country – actually trying to keep out other human beings from one land or another! Who do we think we are? Sometime in the future, we will realize how petty it all was.
I only hope, as we reach out to other life forms, that we will learn the truth – that all of life is interconnected, that we are part of it all, and that our failure to see that oneness results in nothing more than us fighting ourselves.
The lesson is love. The scale doesn’t matter. Whether it’s our internal struggles, or external struggles, the answer is love. When we learn see ourselves mirrored in the world around us, and still love ourselves, then we will finally know peace.
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