For the most part I think many people, especially in the American culture pride ourselves on our individuality. We all strive to leave our mark on the world in one way or the other, some in more original ways than others. Some even do drastic things to put the spot light on themselves in an attempt to scream for attention hoping that the rest of the world will notice their differences.
Our differences as a human race have caused wars amongst tribes and nations, civil conflict within nations in the form of racism and segregation, and I myself have even championed the idea of celebrating everyone's differences and unique qualities for the sake of fostering creativity and a more rich social environment.
But what if I told you no matter how much we wanted to be different and stress our differences, deep down we are more similar than we know or like to think? What if I told you that neither celebrating our differences or hating each other because of our differences ultimately means nothing at all in the grand scheme of things? Well, after some scientific facts that I heard from Astophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson, that's exactly what I'm going to tell you.
We can celebrate the subtle differences that we have or we can hate each other for the differences that we have, but ultimately the universe has the last laugh. That old quote that we are all brothers and sisters under god has a new meaning, unless you are one who believes that god is the universe instead of the traditional spiritual connotation that we have all grown accustomed to. As I was listening to Dr. Tyson speak on a panel, he spoke about the top five elements that the universe consisted of. Those elements were Hydrogen, Helium, Oxygen, Carbon, and Nitrogen.
This point will be significant for those of you who believe in the big bang theory because if you do, then it alludes to the conclusion that our planet as well as any other planet in our universe consists of those very same five elements. Neil Degrasse Tyson then goes on to break down the composition of the human body and points to the top four elements that we consist of. Those elements were Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon, and Nitrogen. So with the exception of Helium, which we can indeed ingest and it not hurt us, we are built or composed as beings in a nearly identical fashion to the rest of the universe.
For those who need me to still spell it out for you, "WE ARE NOT ALL THAT DIFFERENT." As a matter of fact we are all related and connected. There's a reason why people feel a connection to the earth and life in general when they cut out all of the distractions and begin to center themselves, becoming more in touch with themselves and nature. It's because the whole gambit is created from the same living energy and ingredients.
He then goes on to say this is the exact reason why it would be egocentric to believe that there aren't any other life forms in the universe. And he has a very good point. If nature can take these common ingredients that the universe consists of and evolve to create life on our planet, whose to say that the genius of nature couldn't do so anywhere else. After all, what do we know? We have yet to discover or explore our entire solar system much less anything outside of it.
How amazing is that? How amazing is it to think that you have something in common with all the plants, animals, and living energy all over our planet and off of our planet? It opens the door for so many other questions, ideas, and possibilities. It really shows us how little we know about the big picture, how little we know about ourselves and how we fit in the puzzle of life and the cosmos.
There's one thing I do know though, and that's how excited I am to learn the answers to the new questions arising from this information. How ironic it is that for a society that places so much emphasis on physical differences, that the smallest of the physical building blocks aren't different at all? For once I don't feel to bad about not being original in some fashion. Think about it, no matter how much you may hate someone else, you're actually just a carbon copy with different dressing.