I always thought things would fall into place one day, and everything would be easier — yeah, right. Life isn’t wired that way; it has no understanding of your “place” at all. Nor is it designed to cater your interests. It just flows in random action, not really caring about your wishes and preferences. It rolls all over you not even knowing you existed. It cares about itself, to survive as a whole, and much less about every little wish needing to be fulfilled.
This is why it is so extraordinary how we manage to achieve what we achieve — whatever that may be in life. Just imagine the amount of contradictory ideas and wishes that people have, and the world is supposed to make all of that happen — at least to some extent.
And in a way, if you zoom out far enough, you can’t but be amazed about how everything functions — actually, far better than you would expect. This staggering number of people going after their daily lives, doing what they’re doing, and still managing to keep everything together — as a whole — without falling apart.
Although we always seem to be on the brink, we somehow always manage to escape the abyss even in the face of extreme adversity. We are like those action hero characters in cheap B-movies who, no matter what missile strikes them, always manage to escape the situation unharmed.
Flying on a mud ball complaining
And still we complain that things could be better and more in our favor. We are flying through the universe, seated on a mud ball moving at a speed of 490,000 miles per hour while escaping various objects that could easily destroy our whole existence, yet we manage to think only of ourselves and the next bill we’ve got to pay. Pure amazement.
The perception of our mind is that of an eternal being, as though it were built to last. You must wonder how that came about. All those people being so serious about everything, as though they had an all-season ticket for this planet. Isn’t it funny when you think about it?
And when you zoom out even further and ponder your existence in a solar system, and step further, inside a galaxy, this tiny little thing still moving through the universe with a bunch of humans constantly complaining about anything you could ever imagine, it’s just hilarious.
We are crybabies when we don’t get what we want
If you’ve ever watched the animated series created by Italian genius cartoonist Osvaldo Cavandoli “La Linea“, you know what I’m talking about. There’s this single outlined animated character which “encounters obstacles and often turns to the cartoonist, represented as a live-action hand holding a white grease pencil, to draw him a solution, with various degrees of success“.
When the character encounters something it likes, it laughs and is happy, and whenever it meets even the slightest amount of adversity, it is extremely unhappy, and makes a huge fuss about it. And the moment when it is fixed — it is happy again.
No wonder we laugh when we watch this animation so much. We recognize ourselves and our small little hysteria over everything that doesn’t work the way we want it to. Just another zoom out, with us sitting on a mud ball thrown through space.