Matter don’t matter

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.”

Albert Einstein

We tend to think that matter is what matters in life. With this as our starting point we happily devote a great proportion of our lives to pursuing, owning and storing matter. We call it ‘our stuff’.

As quantum scientists have delved into the building blocks of the universe they have found that the stuff of the world is mostly made of empty space. At the sub atomic level there is lots of empty space and what appears to be a few little bits of matter floating around. Go a few nanometres deeper and those small bits of what looked like matter disappear into even more empty space.

So the question is – if matter isn’t substantial why do we crave the material so much? And why do we spend so much time in the pursuit of material wealth?

The ancient sages new the truth and so they focused their energies on awareness and experience.

In the end if you can’t take it with you, and it possibly doesn’t even exist anyway why should we frame our lives entirely around the accumulation of insubstantial material?

Fighting over empty space seems all very weird and stupid really.

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