We are all connected
Here we sit somewhere on the earth in a galaxy within a universe alongside
hundreds of billions of other galaxies... and we think WE'RE the main
Come on! Do we seriously believe that we're the clever ones?
to NASA, 95% of the energy density in the universe has never been
directly detected in the laboratory. That's to say that 95% of the energy
and matter in this universe remains a mystery to us.
Let's go the other way. Imagine for a moment that we're bacteria in the
gut of a greater galactic consciousness. Imagine our function is to process
a nutrient - the earth - releasing and regulating it's heat potential.
Imagine we are providing a service to a consciousness that chooses not
to navel gaze.
I suppose what I am driving at is this...
We've slipped into thinking of ourselves, our systems, our money, faith,
culture and society as standing apart - as superior, perhaps even as being
God given, but surely this is an illusion.
In reality everything is intimitely connected, touching and jostling,
falling and rising, attracting and repelling, inhaling and exhaling, inverting.
Everything is acting in some small but significant way on everything else.
Between us is matter and energy. It connects all things. There are no
gaps, no voids, no perfect vacuums.
Living is moving air, moving matter, causing waves.
This is why the idea of the beat of a butterfly's wings triggering a storm
is so compelling. This is why our thoughts and actions are not without
This is why we should be optimistic about our potential to effect positive
change on our doorstep and, through the internet, across the globe. We
are all big enough to make a difference. But are we any more important
than the bacteria that facilitate our digestion of food or the termites
whose own digestive enzymes may help solve our energy crisis? No, in the
great scheme of things we're just one of many ingredients in the rich
soup that is this universe.
We should not underestimate the small things and we should certainly
not overestimate the big things. We're all rich in potential. We've much
in common. Nobody is a zero. We are all connected.
Ends | 30 Oct 2008 | The Leg