Getting a handle on the scope of things is a challenge, and I’m not sure many people have the capacity to fully comprehend the universe and our place in it. And I even wonder about those people, having read that some think the universe isn’t real, but only a large hologram. It could be that all theories are just that: educated guesses.
As I have it figured, we’ve got the universe (note that I used the singular), within which our galaxy (The Milky Way – also a wonderful candy bar) exists, and within that our solar system, planet, continent, country, state, County, etc.
So, here we are. People, made up of cells, which are made up of atoms, which are made up of neutrons, protons, and electrons, which are made of quirks and quarks. I tend to be over-endowed with quirks.
I guess, then, that I’m a citizen of the state, country, world, and universe, and the quirks and atoms and molecules in me are citizens of me. While what I do has little impact on the universe, what my individual little bits do may impact me, but they do it without my awareness.
Likewise, what we do in our town or village or city happens with the help of, or in spite of what happens at the state and national level. Our nation is affected by what happens globally, and in the case of alien invasions or meteors, by the solar system, galaxy, and universe.
But, just as my molecules and cells are busy doing their work if I am having a personal crisis of some sort, the people in a town keep doing what they do when there are crises in their state. Washington, D.C. may be really screwed-up, but despite that, we and our fellow citizens and all our component parts just keep working away.
I picture an old fashioned mechanical watch. The mechanism turns the hands of the watch to the right time, but only because of the constant motion of a dozen geared wheels working behind the scenes. We’re the wheels. And, you can bend the hands of the watch, or mess up the numbers, but we wheels just keep working away until the watch is destroyed or runs out of energy.
We, like the tiniest little sprockets in a watch, or the little quirks and quarks in our bodies, are both totally insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but we, and they, are also instrumental in making things happen.
As big wheels revolve around millions or billions of suns, and “big wheels” in Washington and Madison spin in their orbits, we’ve got our towns and families to turn within.
The earth has just about reached the start-finish line for the four and a half-billionth time, and another year is about to start. Life and death, beginnings and endings, and turning in the circles that make it all happen – inside us and outside of us – are what make up the world, and the solar system, and the galaxy, and the universe.
So, if you were feeling overly important or totally insignificant, you’re right, and you’re wrong. Just keep doing what you do in 2014. Happy New Year! See you ‘round.