So today I was asked a very interesting set of questions by a good friend of mine. She was very coy with the context of her question, and told me to answer the question to MY interpretation. So here are the questions, verbatim:
"How important are you in this world as a whole? How do you fit in the world? You are 1 out of 7 billion people. How do you feel about that?"
It kind of gave me a lot to think about, and I obviously needed more than a single text message to convey an appropriate response.
How important am I to the world? I guess this one wanted more context, but since I'm allowed to choose my own, let me take a delicate stab at it.
In the grand scheme of things, it seems arrogant to assume my life will have a long-lasting, far-reaching impact on the world. I will live and die, all without (probably) making a huge impact. I probably won't have my name in any textbooks, or monuments, and there probably won't be buildings with my name on them for generations to come.
I do think, though, that within the locality of MY little world, I have an impact. I like to think I make an accumulation of small differences in the world of my immediate environment. Life is a series of moments and interactions, and I think these all fundamentally contribute to our lives. We are altered by every moment; every person who comes into our lives. Even minute interactions can have profound impacts on who we are, and how we perceive our world. In that sense, I think we're all a little more important in our worlds than we realize.
How do I fit into the world? I fit into the world based on my experience, perception, and choice. My place is a product of where I choose to be and how I react to things. I fit where I choose to fit, and that state of being is as malleable and temporary as I choose it to be. My place in this world is a product of my love for this world, and my personal paradigm.
You are 1 out of 7 billion people. How do you feel about that? I find this fact fascinating. These are 7 billion people I share a life with, in this short frame of time in which I get to live. It gives me, in an evolutionary sense, a gigantic family of people I can share some sense of experience with. There is a certain amount of camaraderie present knowing that in the short span of time we get to experience life, we get to experience it together.
The world is a beautiful place. We have to adjust to it as best we can, living the best life we can, interacting with the people around us in a plethora of ways. We live, we love, we learn.
To my best friend, I hope this answer your questions. I love you.
To everyone else, I hope this gives you something to think about.