The Overview Effect (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overview_effect) is a shift in perspective gained via seeing the earth in its entirety from outer space. I saw the video that accompanies the above link while beginning to read The Penguin History of the World. There couldn’t help but be a connection between seeing the world visually in it’s wholeness and then holding a book which is, at its best, a verbal representation of the same. But what was daunting was not what was held in those items or knowledge but what I found happening afterwards:
I went about my daily life.
Jeff’s relationship with Gina and the twists and turns it had been taking along with what Sarah had told Max (who’s friends with Jeff) overtook my recent and fleeting sense of wholeness. Daily humanistic life easily takes over. It’s part of the human condition. But there are mechanisms people have developed to counteract these things. The prayer is one of them. It’s one of the oldest forms of practice known to man. Via a Talebian logic, it means that it stands a great chance of carrying enormous value for its most basic attributes. And it’s most basic attributes? Repetition of a logical flow. This has wonderful neuro-scientific connections through the fact that neurons that fire together once will incrementally more easily fire together again the next time they are brought to attention. So if I follow the logic of a passage and truly try to understand its idea every day, it will become engrained.
So maybe there should be a ‘prayer’ to remind ourselves of the wholeness of the world. And if one were to adhere to this, maybe the idea itself would seep subconsciously into that person’s decisions and actions instead of having to remind themselves overtly that their seemingly separate consciousness from other people is really an illusion and that in such a measly short period of time, they’ll just be space dust. Again.