Friday, July 10, 2009

What Matters?


I think we all can detach ourself from our lives. At times.

Our most pensive moments are when we're truly alone. When we realize that the universe is not centred around us.

Sometimes I have these moments, when the absolute enormity and finality of the universe dawns upon me. When I imagine the vastness of the universe and our insignificance in comparison.The earth is nothing but a speck of dust in the endless desert of the universe.  The universe doesn't depend on us at all.

What are our lives really worth? I like to think of it like poultry slaughter. Chickens, throughout their time before the butcher's knife, have a complex pecking order and live their lives accordingly till the end. Oblivious to the fact that irrespective of their meticulous social heirarchy and pecking order during their remaining living days, in the end it doesn't even matter.

Our lives are not so different from the chickens. We fight all through our lives to survive; to overcome obstacles that we ourselves create and also the need of overcoming them, when in reality, it isn't going to make even the slightest bit of significant change in the universe. We fight over things that don't even matter, forgetting how insignificant our lives really are in the big picture. An entire lifetime would hardly be an instant in the time of the universe.

It's at times like these that exposes the arrogance of our beliefs - fate. Does it even matter? Do we think ourselves so important in our place in the universe that we actually believe that the courses of our future make the slightest difference to it? Fate is irrelevant in the big picture. The butcher's knife awaits us all.

Which brings me back to my original idea. Detachment. When the oblivion we are all heading to dawns, regardless of the path we choose in our lives. That fate doesn't matter. That we don't matter.

P.S. Remember this the next time you're in deep shit. If you screw something up, just remember that it doesn't really matter. The universe will go on just like it always has.

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1 comment:

dancingdunes said...

brilliant...just brilliant..