It feels wonderful to be part of something spectacular; like the making of a movie or
the performance of a play or a piece of music
and we feel proud or exhilarated when we hear
an audience applaud but, peculiarly, though we all have a part to play in this world, we don’t
feel that same sense of pride and joy.
If only we could see life, the world and all of humanity as a grand project; stand back and admire it and feel excited to be a part of it.
If only we could all realise that our real worth does not lie in how rich or powerful we are but
whether we’re working for the greater good or against it. We’re encouraged to see ourselves in isolation from the rest of the world ; to focus only on ourselves and we’re encouraged to look only at the short term and what will occur within our life time but the irony is that by focussing upon ourselves we actually make ourselves less important; our lives less meaningful.
If instead, we could look at the immensity of our universe and our smallness in comparison with it we would understand that each individual is more important as a part of something than they are alone and each life is more important when it is a link in a chain or the bearer of an ongoing legacy.
Similarly, the people of every nation are encouraged to see their country in isolation from the rest of the world. We should be proud of our planet; we should be proud to be part of humanity but we are only encouraged to be proud of our nation or some other small group that we belong to, whether it be a race; a creed; a religion or particular sect of a religion and then we are further divided by boundaries of gender and wealth.
All of these small fragments mean nothing compared to the whole but we will never see that unless we can stand back from it all; rise above it all; see the big picture and how beautiful it is.