Is man the highest fruit of the universe or is he just an insignificant speck in infinite space—or something in between?
Man is neither significant nor insignificant, but man reflects the laws of the universe, being a microcosm. If a man gets ill, the universe gets somehow affected.
"An invisible dot on an invisible dot, infinitely small"
- with acknowledgements to the late Douglas Adams
Humankind is just a life-form, like billions of others, not significant or insignificant, but is inclusive to the totality of the entirety of the Universe.
On an individual level, many are insignificant and impossibly unable to damage the Universe, while being significant and possibly able to damage other aspects within it.
Man judging by our Earths history has probably been projected as a rubbish tip of unfulfilled potential by the other worldy creatures that are looking at our planet with envious eyes!
We are all specks of something that these aliens will wipe off their shoes and slippers!
I don't think we are any more, or less, important than any other part of the universe. I think our main difficulty in understanding our place is that we think about ourselves as seperated from the whole. It causes us to ask that exact question.
Man has a dual nature. Seen it. Done it.
The physical (Homo sapiens) is obvious. But have you ever been outside your Homo sapiens vehicle and been able to see clearly? I have. Wow! What a rush.
The spiritual (true, immortal self, within) is not so obvious. Most people ignore this component. And many poke fun at the idea. Tsk, tsk!
Not only have I experienced this dual nature, but the idea is also biblical. Genesis 1:26 gives us the spiritual component (baby gods), while Genesis 2:7 gives us the physical component (dust of the ground). And Genesis 6:3 emphasizes this saying that man is "also" flesh.
So, what is the place of man in the universe? Unsettled!
For those who finally awaken their spiritual component, then that part of man regains their rightful place as a junior creator of the universe. Whoopee!
For those who don't care even to try, well they are left behind to suffer the full consequences of a continuity-based existence without outside assistance -- Newtonian action-reaction, victim-perpetrator, wailing and gnashing -- blood feuds ad infinitum. I don't think civilization would last long afterward. Aaarrgh-h-h!
The temporary vehicles (Homo sapiens bodies) are only a means to that end -- full spiritual awakening. Otherwise, they don't mean squat!
The universe may have billions of planets where life exists. However, we do not know this, and doubt we ever shall. So, based on the only facts we have, life may only exist on our own little planet. If this should be the case, then Earth would be unique, and man's place would be even more special. Whilst there are many other species on Earth, only man has the ability to look at the universe and to ask the big questions. In this sense, it may be said that man is the universe's only way of looking back at itself. As there are no other animal species on our planet that have evolved enough to make a study of the universe and everything in it, and if there are no other species anywhere else in the universe able to do this, then man could be described as the consciousness of the universe.
So far we are unique.
We dare to change the world but so far unable to elevate us from sickness and misery we are living in... trying to improve our world by killing each other, shame on us! Stupid moths...
Man has intelligence to look back deep in time to see light that left planets many light years away, collect specimens from asteroids, discover water on Mars, create life saving high tech medical machines and procedures,............. and the stupidity to act out of psychosis without even a basic understanding of self.
The Univese has been created by the Creator God; and we are in it one created.
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