Today I stopped on my bike ride to watch a tree blowing in the wind, and it reminded me of some truths I’ve been considering lately. It was clear, first of all, that the leaves weren’t doing any of the work -- nor, in fact, was the breeze that was nearest to each leaf. No, the work was being done by a far larger force, something we might call the weather system of the universe, or just “the universe”. The swaying of the leaves and limbs on the road along the
1) The ideas contained in the above paragraph are certainly not "my own". Countless numbers of people, including classic thinkers like Plato, Lao Tse, Shakespeare, Milton, Whitman, and Dickinson, have expressed the same ideas. I just "rephrased" them.
2) Some readers might think I am a "determinist" -- a person who believes people are powerless and life is ultimately pointless because of the absence of free will. Nothing could be further from the truth. I believe that understanding the powerlessness of the personal ego paradoxically makes us way more powerful. It's the difference between the power of a single wave in the ocean, and the power of the entire vast ocean. The point of the paragraph above is that we are not separate waves, but the ocean itself, and the wonderful point of life is to simply be that ocean, and enjoy it.