We learned a lot about the Moon, but what we really learned was about the Earth. The fact that just from the distance of the Moon you can put your thumb up and you can hide the Earth behind your thumb. Everything that you’ve ever known, your loved ones, your business, the problems of the Earth itself—all behind your thumb. And how insignificant we really all are, but then how fortunate we are to have this body and to be able to enjoy loving here amongst the beauty of the Earth itself.
— Jim Lovell, Apollo 8 & 13 astronaut, interview for the 2007 movie In the Shadow of the Moon
Living your life on this planet can you keep everything behind your thumb. Can you say that everything around you or inside you is insignificant? Your family, friends, your video games, smartphone, drawing book – your entire life. Can this all be insignificant?
Of course not. Your life is a gift from almighty. So are your family and friends.
A single life can be so big, so complex, so much to discover. Let this all be multiplied by 7 billion (population of the world). Earth has so much in it. It has so many different experiences, so many stories, so many souls- so much worth.
Yet an astronaut standing on moon sees what, a small sphere which he can hide behind his thumb. All the people, their stories, history of millions of years can be hidden behind a thumb.
Isn’t that amazing. It clearly proves the fact that there is much more to the universe that a naked eye can see.
It is not important what we see, how we see it and how we interpret it is important.
Yesterday, when I was going to attend a wedding, our car got trapped in traffic jam. The jam was caused due to 3 buses that are taking two third of the road and moving with the speed of the sloth. It was really irritating. Looking at the buses I remembered similar incident but that had happened in GTA Vice City(a violent video game). At that time, I had got out of my car and blasted the f*****g bus with a rocket launcher. That had felt awesome. I imagined to do the same thing here also(thanks god Papa don’t keep rocket launcher in his car).
The paint of the window panels of the bus was dark and I was not able to see inside the bus. But as our car move closer I saw a faint shadow of a mother with her child clutched to her inside the bus. Suddenly, I realised what I was thinking a moment ago. How wrong and sinful it will be. In my guilt, I spent rest of the journey in silence.
This incidence tells us that the human nature is such that we depends on our eyes too much. Eye is most important sense of human beings, but we should not forget what makes us human. Our rational thinking and our ability to understand beyond what our senses can tell us.
Everything we see, we hear, taste, touch or feel has as much deeper meaning than it appears to be. I am sure you have heard the phrase ” behind the scenes “.
Let us take an example of a hit movie. Imagine that you are waiting for its screening in front of your tv. But before begging the screening they give a little intro of how the movie is made. How the writer got the inspiration for story? How the director imagined it? The hard work of the entire team.
So the movie for which you just have to on tv have not dropped from the sky. It is the result of the passion and hard work of many which you can’t see.
If you give a little thought to it, you will find that there are various levels of this behind the scenes. Like for the film hard work of the entire team along with latest technology is required. For this technology you require genius minds. And such geniuses can only be humans in this planet. For humans to live, air, water and food is required. For these elements are required which comes from almighty himself.(all things lead to him in the end).
The basic idea is we should not be blinded by our eyes(wow that sounds ironic). There can be a whole world behind it. Try to see beyond your eyes. May be you can find something worth appreciating.
A thing that one of my teacher told me holds great value in my life. He told me ” Whenever you decide something is boring and not worth your time, Try to bear it for just 10 minutes. And then decide again. I am sure you will find something interesting “
I have experimented in many things and found it very true(like in reading or blogging or programming. I love them now ). It has helped me in many subjects which I should have despised.
Everything weather how stupid it looks or how boring it feels, is the creation of almighty and can have a great history or hard work of many. Can such a thing cannot worth your time. Learn to appreciate these things. Don’t be a fool to think that something is rubbish.
Aesthetics is one of the basic and most important quality of human race. If you can’t love something, can’t appreciate something you will not be able to feel true happiness. Even to master any discipline like history, philosophy, IT or physics, you need to first learn to appreciate it.
See any book of any subject weather sciences or humanities or arts anything, in the initial chapter you will always find introduction or background or history of that subject. Why it is given? Why not directly come to the main topics. It is because they want to first capture your interest. To tell you that it has not come out of the sky. It has a history and hard work of many behind it. It is worthy of your attention.
Try to be more than just a watcher. Be an observer. Be an interpreter. Be aesthetic. Try to look beyond your eyes. It will make you a better person as well as a better learner.
With this let us end this article. I hope you like it and you appreciate it’s meaning. All the best for your life.