At this very moment, a collection of symbiotic atoms are creating your beautiful consciousness enbalmed in your own unique organic vessel.
Right now, the way all of the atoms are arranged- and I phrase it like this because time is merely a human concept (a way of making sense of this experience, if you will)- in such a way that you can experience via sound, vision, smell, and touch, the universe in all of it’s glory.
Let me rephrase this one more time for emphasis:
Here you are, this product of a couple of particles billions of years ago, among billions of other humans, animals, planets, stars, solar systems, galaxies, matter, dark matter, and all of existence, all of the same origin, and you have been gifted with the ability to observe it all, observe the physical state of the universe, of which you are a part of.
I mean, you literally are an arm of the universe that gets to observe itself, relish in it, and experience a brief portion of this catastrophically bizare experience. I mean, you are every bit as much “the universe” as everything you see in your immediate surroundings, as the sun, the moon, as a quark. You are just particles like everything else, except that you are lucky enough to be self-aware, and have the freedom to do as you wish with yourself. You’ve been gifted with YOU, this part of the universe that you have control over.
It’s really quite incredible, and beautiful when you pull your head out of the ground and see your life in this way, for what it actually is. It saddens me that it took me 21 years to reach a place where I feel this way, and it is disheartening- even more-so - to see my friends, and so many other people from my generation, completely oblivious to it.
I feel like largely the internet is to blame. Social media, although it had it’s merits, has become a way of perpetuating this self-agrandizing instant-satisfaction culture we live in. We’re so wrapped up in the way we are digitally perceived, and in a constant quest for breif information and stimuli to keep us going, that we have become numb to the beauty in life. And outside of the daily digital drip we’ve hooked ourselves up to, were are our other priorities placed?
In the aquisition of cultural status, money, and inanimate objects that will in no way contribute to our happiness or the significance of our lives.
We’ve got it ass-backwards people. What a terrible waste of what we’ve been given. Children born into our society are dead before they’ve taken there first breath. Another cog in the machine we’ve created.