This post is a reminder to myself that life is not fundamentally meaningless; it is not just a case of living out one's individual life in as happy a state as possible while one endures existence (which implies that if one is unhappy it ceases to be worth living - a very bleak way to look at the universe). The meaning of life can be deciphered by continually being aware of the interconnected nature of all things in the universe, and accepting that we are an integral part of this interwoven universe. This means that we can actually change the universe, for good or ill. It also means that others can change the universe, for good or ill. Understanding this means respecting oneself and others. The capacity to change the universe is in everyone, in fact it is inevitable. The people around us are changing us all the time; and we are changing them. If we feel isolated, alone, insignificant, then we have forgotten the fundamental truth of interconnectedness - so connect with others, and understand we are continually influencing the world around us, whether we wish it or not. Know these truths and make an effort to live victoriously, as one who changes the world in a way that promotes harmony, peace and virtuous pleasure. Understand too, that if we sit around and make little effort then we do not deserve to live in the realm of happiness for nothing comes of nothing. Interconnectedness is another word for cause and effect (karma). If we do not create the cause, we cannot reap the effect.
These truths I have known for a while, but I keep forgetting them. I need to keep learning them, again and again. Through this vision unhappiness can be a whetstone that sharpens the ability to connect with the world, for the world is drenched in suffering, if we cannot relate to the suffering of others then we cannot connect well and we deny the truths of our existence. The world is not fundamentally benevolent, nor is it malicious, rather it is neutral, but there is so much beauty, both physically and spiritually, and we are here regardless, so touch every part of this diversity with compassion and gratitude; appreciate what is lovely, for it will not last forever ... and nor will pain in its infinite variety.