The Sad Irrelevance of Individuality

With an ever expanding Earthly population in an ever expanding universe, I often question the importance of individuality and whether or not it seems to be getting lost as we increase in numbers, and as the universe increases in size.  A congested freeway or a long line is both a subject of beauty and blight, for while the order in the nature of our behavior is to be appreciated, the impersonality of a vast world of strangers is, at the very minimum, a subconscious pressure upon the tribal human mind as it emerged from the environment of evolved adaptiveness.

It is with this mindset that I approach the expression that “life goes on”–that deaths reported in wars, accidents, acts of violence, or  in disease are often ignorable to the wide majority of us.  And while our families–our genes and our blood–may grieve our absence, and while our close friends may think of us now and then, the true lonesome nature of human life and the passing of the mortal being is a subject of concern.  For even when we hold high regard for the priceless value of life, we have learned to “move on” to the extent that we are aware of the possibility that our grief can be the premature death of us, and that we must protect our own health in refraining from excessive sorrow as a result of witnessing or learning (ignorance is bliss?) about the deaths of individuals who may not just share our genes and our friendship and love, but who also share a common sense of belonging to our race–the human race.

It is this beautiful tragedy, this paradox of life and death, which often pushes my agnosticism towards the supernatural paradigm, for I wish to find non material merit in our existence, and to know that our limited time, and its limited celebration and grief by our fellows during and after its existence, does indeed prevail in some form into an immortal future.

I bow to the moral atheist  but I question the origin of the Big Bang, the”God” particle, the “Higgs boson” from which the Big Bang (or the existence of the universe in any method) resulted, and I “pray” for conclusive results from the Large Hadron Collider.  And perhaps our individuality will become relevant once more–unless of course, “God(s)” is/are nonexistent, or a transcendent power(s) once existed, but has/have (ironically) died.

2 Responses to “The Sad Irrelevance of Individuality”

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  2. Tina T. says:

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