Most people don’t feel special

MOST religions have the notion that all human beings are specially blessed. Most people probably don’t feel that to be true.
We may marvel at our unique energies and talents but rage inwardly about our restlessness and petty jealousies.

Deep down, we might know we are more than the descendants of primordial energy accidently occurring in a meaningless universe. We realise we are uniquely made for a unique purpose.
But sometimes that doesn’t make us feel, or act, any better. We are flawed people who sometimes squander our gifts of freedom. We make a mess of ourselves and others.

The truth is that we are where we are this morning because of the choices we’ve made.
Henry David Thoreau said most men lead lives of quiet desperation and “go to the grave with the song still in them’’.
Too often we feel we are drowning in a sea of anonymity. And that leaves no room for God or for the sense of what’s divine in the world.
We can become anxious that we will be forgotten.
That’s a lack of trust that we are created for significance and immortality. Maybe not in the worldly halls of fame, but in the eternal universe.

The great ancient poem Desiderata concluded: “The universe is unfolding as it should, and we’ve been given the privilege of being its vehicle’’.
We may see what is possible “through the glass dimly’’ but have the freedom to choose to live in a world of wonder and expectancy. But only in faith.

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8 thoughts on “Most people don’t feel special

  1. I always felt special, in the context of ‘different’. That usually translated to ‘inferior’ , though sometimes to ‘Thank God I’m not like so-and-so’!
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  2. Any wombat or gumtree ~ or even human baby ~ knows that!
    ““The universe is unfolding as it should, and we’ve been given the privilege of being its vehicle’’
    …. and know it all their lives.

    UNTIL ‘faith’ is foisted upon them.
    And dogma-riddled Faith is more insidiously treacherous and fatal that any other terminal disease.

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  3. Why do people commit suicide?
    By Bridget Brenton

    “Suicide is a tragedy and it often results from being unable to cope with the pressures of this world and the reality of evil within it. Expectations of this life go unreached and the void is felt – the emptiness and purposelessness of existence. Many artists feel that void as artists, writers, poets and musicians top the lists for the most suicides per professions. There’s a common link with this and it all ties into thinking deeply.

    Philosophy and deep thought about the universe often lead to suicide. As Albert Camus has said: “There is but one true philosophical problem and that is suicide.” This deep thought leading to despair and suicide is a problem for atheism. Why is that? Because the atheist assumption is that there should be no meaning in life and therefore we should live our fragile lives happily while we can with no worries. But we were created to think and thinking philosophically often leads to despair that there is no meaning in life!

    “The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.” said Friedrich Nietzsche. How’s that for despairing? But that despair would be exactly what we’d expect from the world the Bible presents rather than the meaningless atheist existence. The world is a despairing place because, as the Bible explains, it’s under a curse. That curse is why we find hate, suffering, objective evil and disease… and also why we struggle to find meaning or see a lack of meaning.

    Living in a world where your best hope is to die with nothing, where all you are in this lifetime is fleeting and ultimately vain leads to despair if you think about it. That’s why people don’t generally think about it and those that do find suicide to be an option to end a meaningless fruitless existence. And that truth is hitting people at younger and younger ages. Not long ago I read about one of the youngest suicides that had occurred in Australia – that of a thirteen year old boy. His parents claimed that before this happened he thought deeply about the universe… and found nothing but despair.

    Another reason why people commit suicide is the lack of unconditional love coming their way. People expect love to such a high degree that despair with life sets in when they feel they have no one that truly loves them for who they are. People want to be loved intrinsically as a person for their personage and not merely for what they do. Something which would be nonsense if we weren’t created by a God of love who is meant to love us unconditionally just the way we desire to be loved.

    The tragedy is that there is a personal God that gives meaning to life, purpose and pure love but it’s scoffed at and not looked into as a viable reality.

    God is hidden from the darkness of the curse but when He is found, it changes a person’s whole outlook on life. And yet there are people who believe their only option – when coming to terms with a godless (and thus irrelevant) world – is to opt for the easy way out. A tragedy indeed.”

    ‘CHALLENGE’ the good news paper—Nov. 2013

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  4. Meh, most people aren’t special, why should that be a problem, ? Unless of course you have somebody filling your head with guff like “We realise we are uniquely made for a unique purpose.” when it just isn’t true. I can see how that might exacerbate things.

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