Zooming out in space-time from within you …

earthHere’s a simple thought experiment-journey which you could take.

Within-us

In our daily lives we live in a world that is centered around our own world. We are always concerned with what happens with ourselves, how the world affects what we do or, on what we want etc. It is always our dreams, our ambitions, our hopes, our anxieties, our fears. We are so caught up worrying about all things that directly or indirectly deal with us. We are eagerly anticipating that promotion, coveting our neighbor’s new house and so caught up in jealousies and rivalries. This is the first view “Within us”

Now lets step out a bit

Without-us

If for a moment we could disembody ourselves and step out from within our confines and look at the world outside of us, in which we are one of the many. Then what would we see? We would see many people each with their wishes, anxieties, worries, hopes and ambitions. We will see a lot more jealousies and a lot more rivalries.

Zooming out in space-time, a little more …

If we could zoom out now in space-time a little more this is what we would see.  To zoom out in space, you would have to mentally move your observation to a higher point where you can view let’s say a small city. To zoom out in time, I would like you to assume that each second now represents a day in human history. So now your view would represent all the people in a city whose life is in fast forward.  You will realize that the hopes, wishes, ambitions, joys, failures and success happen and then disappear. Everything in everybody’s life is short-lived.

As you view the mass of humanity you will see joy, tears, anger all come and go in time which moves faster.

Zooming out further in space-time

Now move out so that you can see the whole humanity on earth. Assume that each second in your observation represents a year in human life. Now the joys, fears, sorrows will lose significance. Some people will rise and some people will fall. Some will succeed where others would fail. But even this will pass.

Assume you are looking at the earth from the stars and every second represents a decade in human life. All we will notice is people getting older. Success or failure, happiness or grief will be meaningless.

Finally, all that I wanted to convey in this post is that our lives in this world are really finite. Our expectations of success or glory or our anxiety of failure mean nothing in the long run. We come into this world, live, and then pass on.  This life of ours is finite and we need to look at everything in this world through that view point.

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One thought on “Zooming out in space-time from within you …

  1. Steve Tanner August 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm Reply

    It is always good to look at things from a new perspective to keep in touch with reality.

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