Gentle Reader, I have travelled through a fair bit of our physical world and only a bit of the other one (remember I said that my journey has only now begun?) I travelled because almost every teacher I have had, stressed that through this medium I was sure to observe the meaning of life.
So I set off, to places of which I knew too little. I was in awe of my world’s beauty and grandeur. I saw what every aspect of nature has created for us to enjoy.
The waters carved their way through mountains to give us the splendour of a gorge. The earth sprouted landscapes that take our breath away. Colours of the elements in beautiful harmony with each other. And the light, the light that makes everything possible.
Besides these, the life forms of these elements, the birds through their music fill our hearts with joy. The animals offer a friendship beyond worldly pleasures; even the micro-organisms benefit what is within and beyond our body.
These realisations were so profound that I found the need to share them. And while I attempted, I saw what prevents us from accepting ourselves.
We as the human race have understood our existence as superior to any other. The concept of human life over the rest stands testimony to this assumption. We value our lives more than let’s say, a tree’s or a cat’s.
We also believe that we have a thorough handle on the world beyond us, we have congratulated ourselves on being the monarch of this kingdom. That it is in our control to save or destroy our universe.
If nature could speak, I feel that these could be her words, “Dear Humans, I love you, I love you a lot, just as much as I love everything around you.”
The beginning of everything is a circle, like the number zero and the end too, like, the earth. The circle encompasses everything imaginable and no point of this circle is more important than the core. We are all only connected to the core and hence to each other.
I met many individuals on my journey, many could speak my language and many more knew the language of kindness. Most of my travels delighted me; my favourite activity was to ask people for their view on the issues I couldn’t fathom.
Their answers were generous and I learnt that an issue is like a cup on a table, we all view only a certain angle of it. Our conception of the cup is largely based on how we perceive it. Hence, it is crucial to interchange our positions in an attempt to thoroughly comprehend it. Then and only then will we be able to affect it (remember what we discussed on how to form opinions?)
Even nature took the opportunity to enlighten me and I, no longer could see myself in the same light as before.
Life is a long lesson in humility. – J.M. Barrie
These words rung true in my soul. I was humbled by all that I witnessed and got hauled into a whirlpool of questions, ‘So where do I stand now, now that I know I am no more nor less than everything else. What must I do now?
Pay attention to my soliloquy gentle Reader, how I still couldn’t resist thinking of myself, how it mattered so much to me that I must do something; that I must be so important as to be instrumental.
Our desire to be in charge was now apparent to me. We are afraid of the unknown, the unknown that seems to only threaten us with destruction because the destruction of self is death and death, we have reluctantly accepted, is inevitable. Therefore, our propensity to future is almost always fuelled by fear.
But what if we try the course of nature? Just like the tree stands tall through spring and winter, just like the tidal waves of water and just like civilisations that have evolved and left behind a legacy that benefitted the next one. Just like how it always happens.
The universe is like a grand stage and every element has a performing role in the orchestra. It is upon us to be either the melody or cacophony in it.
I am aware that it isn’t very easy to accept this conclusion. It isn’t easy to see ourselves as an ant or the galaxy. But what if we honestly contemplate on these facts:
- Our body is made of 4 elements, namely, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon and Nitrogen.
- The human species has inhabited this planet for only 250,000 years. Roughly 0.0015% of the history of life.
These findings put us in a spot we all like to avoid, the moment of truth it is called.
So now, if our body is made of the same elements as everything else in nature and we cannot survive without our nature then are we more or less than it? And if we really are so new in this world then can we presume that the life forms older than us haven’t figured a way out yet?
We are all deeply aware that the sounds audible and otherwise, are a form of communication in nature. We have deciphered a few of these sounds too. So is it clever to assume that the creatures that survived longer than we, are doing it all wrong? Is it clever to assume that their sounds can’t be as sophisticated as ours or could hold any less meaning than ours?
I thought of it and realised the importance of elders, not just our ancestors but also the ones older than them.