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Is not this ironical?

 
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Hi

Isn't it ironical that we keep saying , "World is a small place"...and still....we feel "alone" ?

May be this doesn't make sense literally but you get what I mean...

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Originally posted by Maulin Vasavada:
Isn't it ironical that we keep saying , "World is a small place"...and still....we feel "alone" ?

Maybe it isn't. If you think about it, the world really is a very small place. Here's a picture and a quote from Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot:

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there -- on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. ... There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

Kinda puts things in perspective.
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The constellation is so much similar in structure to atoms and electrons as we know them, I always wonder, if it is possible that earth is an electron and the sun an Atom in some higher metal we do not know....and what would that make me ... a "Quark" ....

I think I need some coffee, the world seems drowsy, especially after a heavy lunch
 
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Hi Maulin,

Personally, I feel that feeling "alone" has nothing to do with the size of the world. Even if we're in a crowded room, we can also feel lonely. Here's a nice article on describing what loneliness is.
 
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Nice article.Joyce!
 
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Hi Joyce

Thanks for the link.

You are right , there is no relation between world being small place and feel lonely but is not that exactly the irony? We see zillions of ppl around... going to buses, trains, working, playing..may be too crowded or however and still we can't relate our mind to many of them?? Probably this is one more reason ppl say "peace is inside, not outside and the one whol realizes that frees onself..."

Forgive me, I co-relate unrelated things sometimes when think too philosophically...this just came up while I was wondering something...

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Originally posted by Maulin Vasavada:
Probably this is one more reason ppl say "peace is inside, not outside and the one whol realizes that frees onself..."

Forgive me, I co-relate unrelated things sometimes when think too philosophically...this just came up while I was wondering something...

You're not that far off what some more famous philosophers have written! In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius said:

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.



Another Stoic, Epictetus, said

No man is free who is not master of himself.

and

Man is disturbed not by things, but by the views he takes of them.


Looks like you're in good company.....
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[agrah]: Nice article.
Glad you enjoyed it.

[Maulin]: We see zillions of ppl around... going to buses, trains, working, playing..may be too crowded or however and still we can't relate our mind to many of them??

Um...you say "we can't relate our mind to many of them??", as in what way? Perhaps with an example.

I know that when the elderly and pregnant women board a crowded public transport, usually there'll be people giving up seat for them. This shows that some people do care.
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