It is a deep and hindering struggle for humankind.
Because it means this is it.
It means that in a moment, this feeling of what it is to exist and to be conscious and to feel everything that is good and warm and comforting, is gone.
And the world exists as it did before you were born.
Without your consciousness of it.
And with this- every moment that you are inhaling and exhaling the nitrogen and oxygen of the existing creatures of the Earth as well as that of your ancestors, has incredible value.
You are not important, beyond natural survival. You don't have a given purpose.
It is up to you only, to make your own.
It is just as great a 'miracle' of higher power to die tragically of a parasitic disease as it is to have happened to be at the right place at the right time, in any large or small instance favorable to your life.
We are lucky creatures.
Of no more supernatural importance than that of every large and microscopic living organism made up of the same elements as our dominating species.
We stand on equal ground, with respect to nature and its evolution, within billions of years- of billions of creatures, small and large, physically 'beautiful' and others what we humans have commonly deemed 'disgusting' or 'slimy,' all made up of the same basic ingredients.
Time is in the layers of the earth.
And the rise of our species is now, brief within it.
We are fortunate to be here and we are even more fortunate to possess the capability to understand and further discover how.
It is with the same method of understanding the natural world that we are capable of saving our own lives and the lives of other animals. And that we are able to use a GPS to navigate the Earth. It is with the same method of understanding that we are able to make a cup of coffee.
We forget this. Some of us fail to ever realize it.
We all too often hold the socially glorified and pretentious position that WE, individually, are chosen to be saved from death and blessed beyond measure above those that suffer greatly for the most part of their existence.
So it means that we decide what we are as conscious, moral humans.
That our scientists and engineers are rightfully responsible for our advancements and the saving of lives.
That we should ultimately embrace every good-natured creature we cross paths with on the journey.
That we are deeply connected, rooted, in the Earth that we inhabit. And the closely and distantly related animals we choose for food and for companionship.
That we are responsible for our actions and non-actions.
That we have every reason to further understand and discover.
It means we are lucky.
And we need not waste a minute of existence.