Dangers lurk within our world that only very big human beings can confront—not one or two, but a multitude of big human beings.
The world, the universe, is so vast it can make us feel small, even insignificant. So how do we assess our place in a vast world that contains frightening dangers?
Frank Wilczek, Nobel Prize-winner in Physics, writes in his new book, “Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality,” “The world is large, but we are not small,” then adds that we are able “to contain the outer universe within our minds.”
Walt Whitman put it this way in his “Songs of Myself”: “I am large, I contain multitudes.”
Blaise Pascal: “The universe grasps me and swallows me up like a speck but through thought I grasp it.”
Ah, we are very big in a different, wondrous way. Some tiny human beings can even ride an elephant! We figured out a way to do that! Because we are very big!
Now, some make our bigness into something quite ugly. They let their egos grow wild, untamed, to the harm of those around them. Some demand all the attention instead of paying attention.
Let’s face it: small, petty, angry, aggrieved, hateful, selfish people—these make small what is otherwise something very big found in each of us. Such human beings cannot confront the dangers of our world, but rather, are part of the danger.
I think the world is designed for very big human beings to work together to do very big things that make the world ever better, ever birthing the new, ever overcoming the odds. We deal with fires, earthquakes, floods, wars, pandemics, surprising ourselves, again and again, with the untapped resources found within us.
Yes, great dangers lurk within our world, but we are very big. You are very big. You astonish us with the good you do—with those around you. You can ride a very big elephant…because you are very big.