“A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.”
“What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet”
– Woody Allen
Do you ever get this overwhelming feeling of sheer beauty and awesomeness when you take in the simple fact that you exist, that you are conscious, that Time, the Universe and Everything is probably just an illusion in order to give you the sense of reality!?
I could be doing the most useless of things when this feeling overwhelms me. The other night I was pissing in some street corner when the stark beauty of the world hit me; The physics in everything, the blowing wind, the invisible air, the gravity that attracts, the centripetal force; the awesome chemistry that makes up our world, the sand, the cells in our body, the plants, the pee; I see an insect crawl by and revel in the immense complexity of the world even in the simplest of things, more so in the simplest of things and with my bike parked nearby standing as a testament to human intellect and the power of science.
To Think, The Visible Universe, All the Galaxies that there are, the Pulsars, the Quasars, the GRBs, the Black Holes, the Stars, the Gas Giants, The Rocky Planets, Our Pale Blue Dot, Amino Acids, Proteins, DNA, Water, Benzene, Ozone, Organic Chemistry, Life, Earth, Ellipses, Mathematics, Calculus, Evolution, Biology, Photosynthesis, Rainforests, Beaches, Sand, Schrödinger, Love, Strings, Branes, The Human Body, Quantum Mechanics, Plank’s Length, The Uncertainity Principle, Gluons, Bosons, Positrons, Homo Erectus, Bipeds, Genghis Kahn, Friedrich Nietzsche,The Birds, The Brain, Neurons, The Mind, Consciousness, To Think.
Just close your eyes, and think of these and all the other things that make up everything that we know of, just run images of these concepts in your mind in a few seconds and if that does not overwhelm you and give you goosebumps, nothing ever will.
Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.