“Since the Universe has no center, you can’t be it.” @NeilTyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson made the following pointed remark on Twitter:

Our daily outlook is typically self-centered focusing on our needs and wants. Most of our daily actions are self-serving excluding the needs and wants of others. We might feel that we are the centre of not just own world but the centre of the Universe. As Neil deGrasse Tyson points out, we are not the centre of the Universe.

This self-centered view of the world is harmful to our own future joy and happiness. Based on our self-centered view where we think that we are the centre of the Universe, we perform daily actions that are harmful to others. In this false view of the Universe we have no concern for the impact of our actions on others, when in fact our actions often have an unhappy consequence for others.

The simple fact of karma is that if our self-centered actions bring about the unhappiness of others then we have created the causes for our own future unhappiness. In other words, our self-centered view where we think that we are the centre of the Universe is incredibly harmful to others and to ourselves.

As Neil deGrasse Tyson points out, we are not the centre of the Universe. All people are the same in many ways, from the way that we need clean water and air to the wish to be happy and free from suffering. We are all made of the same star dust and we are all children of the Universe. There are differences but all people are important because of this sameness. The needs and wishes of others for happiness are just as important as those of our own. There are 7 billion other people, so you could say that the needs and wishes of others are more important than those of our own. We should certainly think about putting the needs and wishes of others in front of our own.

Wishing you every happiness.

Love, @HappyOps