I think that we generally look at the world around us as a whole without awareness of why we do this. When I wake up in the morning my first thoughts are “what am I going to eat for breakfast” and other groggy and dim thoughts until I get some tea or coffee. This is how most of us go about our day, focused on the big picture. Only recently did I realize that life has so many more details than breakfast foods and my daily thoughts.
I am made of water, organs, bones, etc. These things that I am made of are made of even smaller things like atoms, and even atoms are made of smaller particles. When I wake up in the morning and invade my kitchen for breakfast, I am actually just a myriad of atoms moving extremely fast across a surface made of other atoms, in search for other little bunches of atoms to consume. It is just mind blowing that I am a specific collection of atoms out of billions of other collections of atoms. I am specifically unique because of the atoms that I am made of. If we could count all of the atoms that make up just the human species, how many would there be? That’s a lot of atoms.
These particular particles that are typing this blog are on a mission. I, a group of atoms, am determined to live a full life, and accomplish my goals. These busy buzzing atoms are working together to become a zookeeper. Somewhere out there in the billions of other collections of particles is a group of busy buzzing atoms that are working together to become a scientist, to study atoms and particles. So there are actually atoms studying atoms. I hope I’m not the only group of atoms that finds this extremely ironic.
If we are all made of just tiny particles in space, then why do we kill each other? We do absolutely nothing beneficial, as atoms, by killing each other. Taking the life out of a group of particles doesn’t change your particles; you remain the same group of atoms in space. If we are all just tiny particles in space, then why do we love each other? Why does one group of particles want to spend their entire existence with another random group of particles? It is absolutely pointless for a group of atoms to love another group of atoms. And why is it ok for some atoms to dictate whom certain atoms love? If we are all just groups of tiny particles, then why should it matter if two groups of atoms, who make up two bodies of the same sex, love each other? It shouldn’t matter, were just atoms.
If were just random groups of atoms, then why should it matter if your shoes don’t match your top, or if you fail a test, or if you go to bed hungry every night. If we are all going to die someday, then the in-between shouldn’t matter. It all matters, though. Who would want to live approximately 78 years, thinking that nothing matters?
Our atoms allow us to ignore these thoughts. The atoms in our brains give us the ability to ignore these microscopic thoughts. These atoms allow us to live our lives with the option of loving and killing. Our atoms allow us to ignore the fact that we are just atoms, so that we can live our human lives. If we are just atoms then happiness shouldn’t matter. But because we are humans and we only have so many years to live, we ignore the fact that we are groups of particles and we try our best to achieve happiness, and we generally aren’t even aware of this.
I hate the term “the meaning of life” because I don’t think life has a “meaning”. However if I had to say there was a “meaning” of life, I would say that it is to make our lives whole, from start to finish. The only way to make your life a whole is to do the human thing, and look at everything around you, including you, as a whole, and not just particles. To make your life whole you have to sometimes forget that we are just atoms, and live. Sometimes it’s going to suck, and sometimes it will be amazing, but if we are constantly thinking that were just atoms, and that nothing human really matters, then were going to miss life as it walks right past us. We can’t ignore it either. If we ignore the fact that we are just atoms, and we think our sometimes disgusting human thoughts, then we will ruin some precious lives. If we ignore the fact that we are, after all, just groups of particles, then we run the risk of having thoughts like “love is supposed to be between a man and a woman”. And these decisions can destroy happiness for others, which could lead to a lot of people not having a whole life.
We should be conscious of the fact that we are just collections of atoms, but not consumed by it.
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