i think the meaning of life stage posts will be taking a break. the natural step after answering what life means is answering how you live life. this also fits in within Erikson’s development
So I recently came upon the videos of two astrophysicists:
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
and Carl Sagan
Go take a look at the videos, it’s semi-important that you do so to follow what I have to say below.
It seems to me that these two views are contradicting. Tyson argues a POV that we are very connected to the universe, we are bigger than our miniscule size in the universe.
Sagan on the other hand maintains we are so absolutely miniscule.
Somehow, I see meaning in both of them and in particular, I think you need to hold both of these views simultaneously to live a successful life.
Adopting Sagan’s view would prevent us from ever doing anything because it would easy to just convince ourselves no matter our actions, the world will stay the same.
Adopting Tyson’s view on the other hand would make us believe we are more powerful than we actually are.
So my proposal is believing both for different purposes. In order to convince ourselves to start doing something, we need to adopt Tyson’s view. We need to believe that we have the power to create change. When things don’t work out, we need to utilize the perspective that Sagan’s view gives us.
A conversation with Liz two weeks ago on a Saturday night gave me the same view point on this whole situation with girls. (According to Erikson, it’s at this stage of our lives that we also start to think about the types and severity of intimate relationships we want to have with people)
You need to be bold and courageous to convince yourself to make a move. But if things don’t work out, realize that we are small and that we have no control over many things.
Do you think these two views are contradicting. Leave a comment