Accidental Conglomeration

“You are a temporal, accidental conglomeration of particles. The interrelation, the change of these particles, produces in you what which you call life. This congeries will last for some time; then the interaction of these particles will cease, and that which you call life and all your questions will come to an end.” Tolstoy goes on to reason in his work “My Confession” that based totally on this (rationality), the meaning of life is destroyed. He reasons this under the assumption that life is a mere particle lost in the infinite—thus, life has no meaning. That is, how can the finite have meaning amidst the infinite?

However, one has to understand that quite the opposite is true. Tolstoy’s reasoning is like searching for the sun, but using a lamp to do so. What sense does that make? The best way to see the sun is against the backdrop of the infinite, not by shining light on it. One day we will cease to be. But just as a flutter of a butterfly’s wing can cause a tornado across the globe, so can the actions of individual have a profound effect on the universe itself. Paul Dirac was correct when he said, "Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star."

Each and every action you make has a profound effect on the infinite, the universe. Even if something is infinite, or eternal, it does not mean that it does not have shape or form, and it does not mean an individual cannot influence that shape or form. Your actions echo throughout eternity. Remember this when considering your path in life, when considering its meaning.

Don't you know yet? It is your light that lights the world." - Rumi