We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"[The philosopher] Kant was attending a lecture by a materialistic astronomer on the topic of man's place in the universe. The astronomer concluded his lecture with: "So you see that astronomically speaking, man is utterly insignificant." Kant replied: 'Professor, you forgot the most important thing, man is the astronomer.'"
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day KJV Genesis, 26-31
Materialistic philosophy asserts the impossible. Nothing miraculously creates something. The "big bang" (clump of matter explodes) presupposes the existence of time and space, while positing that matter created time and space. And most people swallow this rubbish because, you know, scientists are smarter than everybody else.
Significance is a matter of perspective. Reality is a matter of relationship.
The loss of life on D-Day was 4,410 out of 156,000 Allied troops landed, or about 2.8%. Death, as a percentage of total troops landed, was relatively insignificant.
To each family receiving notification of a death, the loss of life was 100%.
Our significance only matters to us. It can matter to others depending on how we choose to engage the world. That's where reality comes into play. We impose our reality when we interact, and the reality of others impacts us. In those moments, insignificance is close to zero, the relationship is what creates significance.
The universe probably doesn't care what any of us do at any moment in time. But maybe it does just a little bit. Schrodinger must be considered. Does contemplating our significance alter our significance? Kant was right.
Reality is definitely a matter of relationship. Long ago and far away I learned the death of one soldier in a company of 150 men was painful, the loss of someone in a platoon of 30 was tragic, and the death of a guy in your squad of a dozen or so was like losing a brother.
Observing nature it becomes obvious the system cares little or nothing about individuals, my mind boggles when I try to extend that to the scale of the universe.