Is it people who matter, strangers, your dog, your city, your planet?
Does what I’m planning fit one of these categories?
Is what I’m doing impacting any of them?
If not, why am I spending energy to make it fit?
Through my work and play – my today, my tomorrow, my future – where is my attention focused?
Where is yours?
We are humans, one at a time. We (the singular) – are not humanity.
Easy to say we are not responsible for humanity, just responsible for ourselves. But, if that is true, is anyone responsible for humanity? Who’s in charge of that?
We are, as people (the singular), the only component of people (the plural). Just as all matter is composed of atoms, all humanity is composed of humans.
There was a time when we (the people) were greater than the sum of our parts. Sadly, in the whirl of our gargantuan consumerism, freedom and flexibility modern life, technology and media age has given us, we (the plural) have become less than the sum of our (the singular) parts.
It makes me wonder about the meaning of plurality – it should be expanded, or just changed to some similarly unique word that means all of us.
And singularity. That word needs work too.
Either way, there is an incompleteness to life, to living, at this most spectacular time in history – when knowledge of every kind has stretched far beyond everything in our past.
Yet, I wonder in all our knowing how much we are understanding.
Of ourselves (the plural) and of ourselves (the singular).
Go ahead, start your day …
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 7C/44F, cloudy with little risk of rain, light breeze, light traffic, light on my feet, light thoughts … in the darkness – Gusta wanted to stop-n-sniff too much for my liking, I was in a hurry