Our need to feel as if our lives matter is, as always, an issue for most of us. In her interesting article Rebecca Newberger Goldstein covers most angles in her examination of how to bring mattering into our lives. As a philosopher she ends up attempting to support her beliefs in a rational logical way.
She ends by suggesting that “mattering — none of us more than the other — is our birthright, and we should all be treated accordingly, granted the resources that allow for our flourishing”.
Mankind is forever attempting to bring justice and peace to life through the use of rationalism , logic and reasoning, all useful tools but maybe it is needing to feel that we matter that creates problems. Maybe the truth is that we do matter but that we have somehow forgotten this and our thinking minds ways perpetuate barriers rather than changing things as we think they might. Most of what we create in our effort to matter seems to create more kaos. How then do we find our way collectively to a more compassionate and authentic way.
Nisargadatta says ” You want peace, love, happiness and work hard to create pain, hatred and war. You want longevity and overeat. You want friendship and exploit. See your net as made of these contradictions and remove them – your very seeing of them will make them go.