The moment you think you are nothing is the moment others will control you.
Someone did me no good last week suggesting everyone is insignificant in this universe, the problems too great to bother with. This bleak attitude of this person reminds me of a quote in the children’s film Neverending Story:
Atreyu: But why is Fantasia dying, then?
G’mork: Because people have begun to lose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the Nothing grows stronger.
Atreyu: What is the Nothing?
G’mork: It’s the emptiness that’s left. It’s like a despair, destroying this world. And I have been trying to help it.
Atreyu: But why?
G’mork: Because people who have no hopes are easy to control; and whoever has the control… has the power!
There are billions of people who believe they are insignificant, who become apathetic, their hopes and dreams lost to the belief they are so insignificant to make no difference in this world. The priest, the politician, the marketing men, they love people who feel insignificant, who are easy to control, to manipulate, to use and misuse. Because so many believe they are insignificant, humanity faces oblivion.
Who says I am insignificant? You? Me? This universe? The one who would use and misuse me for their own ends would want me to believe I am insignificant. I am significant to me. I just drank a cup of water, my body will love me for that, water is good for me, I was being significant to me.
If I am significant to one person, or one animal, or one plant, I am significant to them, thus I am significant. A man lost on the streets of Colchester suffering dementia in the cold, one who was unaware he was in Colchester; I was significant to him when I rang the police to assist him. The distressed bird trapped in the bonnet of an unattended car; I was significant to that bird when I hunted down the car owner and helped release the bird. The conker on the ground; I was significant to the horse chestnut tree it became when I planted it in the ground as a child, Google Earth shows me what a fine tree it is becoming, a haven for little animals. I am significant.
Albert Low, CEO of My Duc Ceramics in Vietnam runs a sustainable business; he visited Colchester as a mature student at Essex University, giving a sustainability talk in November 2012 at Essex University. Though I was environmentally focused, the word “sustainability” was an alien word corporates used. I was a face in the crowd, I never spoke to Mr Low, he would never recognise me. He was significant to me, he blew my mind away; a lightning bolt that changed everything, changed the focus of Liberated Way, added a sustainability focus to my business. His talk created a ripple of change, his ripples that impacted me will impact some of the readers of this blog, and those ripples will go on to impact others. Albert Low was a significant influence upon me, he never knew it, he will probably never know it.
Here is an appropriate video of the boy and the starfish (84 secs long):