More than anything else human beings want their lives to be significant. Just notice the fascination, the isolation from reality engendered by selfies, in the burgeoning phenomenon of social media.
The unbearable truth is that the lives of most people who ever lived are insignificant; those of many people who live today threaten to become so.
"I feel so insignificant," said the ant with Woody Allen's voice in the movie Antz. "That's a breakthrough," said the ant psychiatrist. "You are insignificant." Paranoia inverts this horrifying sense of insignificance. To the paranoid, everything is significant. Every selfie is significant! Powerful forces conspire against him. He imagines himself to be a figure of great importance. Threaten his protective illusion and he may try to kill you. What he cannot bear is the notion that he truly is insignificant.
Are we a drop in the ocean, or the ocean in a drop? Are we one cell in a body, or all of the cells as the human body? We are simultaneously both insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe, and the most significant thing at the leading edge of consciousness in the now. We are a cosmic blink of nothing in the vast universe. And, every thought and action forever changes the course of history. Can you find peace in both?