For 200,000 years we knew the truth - we knew we were the centre of the Universe. Look, we said, the very Sun goes round us every day, and look, we are the centre of the Gods' attentions, and finally the centre of the One God's attention.
And just as every child goes through the narcissistic phase believing they are the centre of the universe, so we believed we were the centre of the Universe.
But the values of evidence and reason of the Enlightenment led us to question our belief that we are the centre of the Universe.
Evidence and reason applied to astronomy showed us we are not the centre of the Universe. We now know the centre is everywhere. In other words, where ever we are in the Universe, we have the illusion we are at the centre.
And interestingly we still believe our size is at the centre of the Universe. But Quantum Mechanics and Relativity have shown us that size is simply parochial. We are still narcissistic about our size.
But we now know that the very big or the very small are so far out of our perception of size we can't even imagine them, although we can delineate them with great accuracy.
Narcissism is a necessary phase for small children to pass through, but in grownups, narcissism is a neurosis.
This is so very true, but what of our existance as meaning-creating creatures? Isn't there something that humans can find meaningful about life and other humans?
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I say this as a reminder to myself, but this goes for everyone:
You can achieve anything you set your mind to, and you are limited only by how dedicated you are to succeed!
I do things to get the things I want so that other people cant do their things to stop me fron doing my things. The best thing is the thing that makes me feel gooder the longest and bestest and benefits everyone else in the process. aka truth.
There is this thing, which it's very nature defines it to be everything, and we're all in it. Our ability to perceive and understand it is rather limited, but in our desire to overcome those limitations, we repeatedly attempt to create mental maps of how that thing is (The nature of that desire would baffle the best alien minds, if only the sort of aliens who would be baffled by it cared enough to learn about it in the first place). From a human perspective, truth is when the mental maps of a thing and the actual nature of the thing align.
Experience cannot be interpreted as truth. It just is. The second you interpret experience is the second you are setting limitations on the limitless.
You give an object a name, like a "chair" and you are interpreting it. A chair is a concept. If you came from a planet that had no chairs, when you first saw a chair, you probably would not even know what it is for.