…because some thoughts are worth remembering
“If all the insects were to disappear from the earth,
within fifty years all other forms of life would end.
But if all human beings were to disappear from the earth,
within fifty years all other forms of life would flourish.”
It may seem natural to have ourselves at the center of the metaphysical universe. Some cultures are better than others at extending the sense of self to beyond the individual, family, clan or species. While some blame the rapid development of technology for limiting the sense of self to just the individual (and sometimes to our virtual representations online), technology is also helping us to see beyond ourselves (e.g., astronauts’ experience in the space station). I see why Richard Feynman was fond of quoting the Buddhist proverb, “To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.”
Photo: Site of the atomic bomb, Hiroshima, Japan