Two universes

It is like the anthropic argument: If I had designed [the universe] differently, it wouldn’t have produced me.  So that is a meaningless question.  I’m prepared to make do with the universe we have, and try to find out what it is like.*
(Stephen Hawking)

All of us are smarter than any of us, so the value to all goes up when you share.**
(Seth Godin)

Stephen Hawking is responding to the question of how we would have created the universe differently.

There’s something in his response that is about about living in the direction of life rather than against it.

Here we are with all of this consciousness and awareness and what will we do with it to see all things thrive?

Seth Godin writes in his delightful eBook Graceful:

‘No one is born graceful. It’s not a gift. It’s a choice.’^

Gracefulness is something we’ imagined and provided expression for because we’ve taken a look at the universe and decided it’s more about abundance than it is about scarcity.

The more we act out of ego – an untrue understanding of ourselves (perhaps too high or too low an opinion of ourself and others, or an opinion that the world is here for us to use and abuse), the more the universe appears to be a place of scarcity.

The more we act out of eco – connectedness to all things and all people – an astonishing transformation takes place, the universe becomes a place of abundance. It’s the closest thing to alchemy and quite astonishing.

I feel my daily quest increasingly to be the exploration of ego to eco.

Without this mystery I can only survive.

(*Stephen Hawking, quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Stephen Hawking on the Meaning of the Universe.)
(**From Seth Godin’s blog: Yes, there’s a free lunch.)
(^From Seth Godin’s Graceful.)

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