The Orions Within Us

Walking through the dark isn’t as scary anymore. Although discomfort rests on my shoulders, but if I look up to see the stars, and specifically, Orion’s belt, I feel atomic. A single, irreducible unit as a component of a larger system. Do those three stars, sequentially arranged, realize their importance or insignificance in an ordinary person’s life? But then again, do we, when we think about ourselves?

Epigenetics tells us that our experiences become a part of our genetic encoding, that an experience can translate itself into the chemical arrangement of our molecular biology. To put it simply, your traumas or experiences can travel through generations and shape their decisions, feelings and emotions. It is proven that something so abstract can become something irrevocably hard wired into your DNA. So as we ask ourselves, what relevance do we hold in a universe that consists of things exponentially greater than us, we must refer back to ourselves as atoms and molecules. If such a tiny part of our hard wiring can have a domino effect on the thinking process of our future generations, wouldn’t our entire selves multiply that power by a trillion when we think of the effect we may have on this world? We are a microscopic part of a larger system, but irreducible and essential nonetheless. The dark isn’t scary anymore because the Orion’s belt of stars will eventually be overshadowed by the sun in the solar system, even though the sun is just another star. And that is what matters.

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