Time for another round of thought sharing. I’ve been thinking about the fascination we all have with the individual’s uniqueness. In today’s world we deem ourselves special; separate and apart from everything else. Then I came across the words of Neil deGrasse Tyson that reflects my feelings on this notion and I could not have articulated it any better: 

” We have come to define significance as ‘I’m special and everything else isn’t’. Religions thinking they’re special. Cultures thinking they’re special. Individuals thinking they’re special. The top four ingredients in life; in your body…the top four atoms in order are hydrogen, oxygen, carbon and nitrogen. Now the top four ingredients in the universe; the top four chemically active atoms in the universe…they are hydrogen, oxygen, carbon and nitrogen. We are the universe. So upon learning that we’re not special because we do not contain special ingredients is the same fact that includes the idea that while we live in this universe the universe lives in us. We are special because we’re the same.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson


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