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lendwill's avatar

Have you ever realized how insignificant your everyday actions are compared to the big scheme of life?

Asked by lendwill (187points) April 23rd, 2009
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kenmc's avatar

Yes. It’s sincerely depressing.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

It’s not depressing to me. It merely provides perspective.

adreamofautumn's avatar

I regularly realize that and it’s actually the best thing I can do to help myself calm down. It’s more a “this is hard, but your life nor the world are ending, look at the big picture” feeling.

mcbealer's avatar

reading the book The Five People You Meet in Heaven , may help alleviate your frustrations and/or the finality of that concept and give you more insight on that perspective.

cak's avatar

Sometimes, some of those small things, actually contribute to the bigger picture – it’s just hard to see it at the time.

Like @The_Compassionate_Heretic, it really doesn’t depress me, it just keeps things in perspective.

AstroChuck's avatar

I don’t think my everyday actions are insignificant. At least they aren’t to me.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

I was having a rough day at work today. Then I realized that one of our field offices tomorrow is having a day of remembrance for an event that happened last year where one employee came in to work and shot another employee dead.

My day didn’t seem nearly as bad after that.

Facade's avatar

actually I believe every little thing is important

benjaminlevi's avatar

Just another ant in the maze…

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Sometimes I feel that way. Other times I don’t – because I’m as much a part of life as any other part of life.

Dansedescygnes's avatar

What is the “big scheme of life”?

And I agree with @DrasticDreamer.

YARNLADY's avatar

I was raised to know this, so it has never been a surprise to me.

vulcanjedi's avatar

I think you may be wrong. Every action causes branching in the threads of time. Sometimes they split and form new threads that play out their own existance in parallel. Sometimes the move faster or slower than the one we ride. Sometimes they meet up again in the future. Our actions are compounded by others who observe them. Based on Jung’s theory of synchronicity and Einstein’s concept of simultaneity I would have to say there is no such thing as an insignificant action.

dynamicduo's avatar

Yup. I love it. I also love considering the sheer improbability of my existence, and when I am astounded at how unlikely I actually am to exist yet I do exist, it counters the feelings of helplessness for me (why be helpless when you technically shouldn’t exist?).

Triiiple's avatar

I tend to think of this sometimes, when im driving around the city i live in. Its just 1 little speck in a huge state, part of a huge continent, part of the world, part of the universe. Just 1 little speck.

kevbo's avatar

… or as they say in English, “apropos.”

tiffyandthewall's avatar

yes, but isn’t the ‘great scheme of life’ just billions of other people doing the same ‘small scheme’ things i’m doing?

Aster's avatar

I am aware of this continually.

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