It’s a counter to the erosive messages we get every day: we are told that we are insignificant unless we have x amount of money, drive y car, live in z house. We are nobody unless the current paradigm says that we are somebody. And that seal of approval depends on whether we are in “the right group”. The thing is–everything we do is significant. It all matters. Walking to catch the bus? Significant. Turning over in bed while you sleep? Significant. Even taking a shower–we are all significant beings, and our actions are significant as well. The homeless guy standing on the corner is just as significant as the CEO of a major bank.
The message “everything you do is significant” came out of the blue to me while I was doing something truly inane: sitting on the sofa watching something on television that I do not remember. I thought about this while the TV blathered on in its video gibberish, and realized that if we all started believing that what we do matters then we could begin to craft a different world, first for ourselves, then on a larger scale. So–I guess you could say that my act of sitting on the sofa is/was significant. Even the things we do on “autopilot” have weight. We just don’t realize it. Ask anyone who has lost a loved one whether they miss not just the person but the things they did, said, thought. It all matters.
By the way, when you think about the word “significant” you get into the space where you know that there is meaning in everything, everything we do is a “sign” for good or otherwise. In any event, it all matters. We just have to cut through the illusion that it doesn’t (someone out there will probably argue that the illusion itself matters, and it does–as a means to discern what isn’t illusion).
Enough philosophy for today. Back to GlobalRev. There’s a nice little video synopsis out there by SwampPost that traces a short timeline of it from late December of 2010 through the beginning of March of this year (right before Japan’s killer quake and tsunami). Unfortunately, it omits the Icelandic spark, which is referred to in the Comments. Either way, it’s interesting viewing. And it is significant: