Can you imagine a world without you?

@Pose123 (21661)
Canada
July 27, 2009 8:11pm CST
Strange as it seems most of us probably can't imagine a world without us. Since we wouldn't be here to witness what happening around us, would it really happen at all? We all know that we won't be here forever and someday a new day will break and we won't be here to experience it, yet many people find this hard to envision. It isn't that we think that we are so important but rather because the world to us is what we experience. Think about this before you respond.
13 responses
@grace118224 (1040)
• China
28 Jul 09
i always have such idea since i was very young. Who am I ? Why i only kown about myself , why i only know about my thinking instead of others ? It's very hard to understand that .
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@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
29 Jul 09
Hi grace, Thank you for commenting and we are very much alike in that way.I have always asked myself the same type of questions, and I agree it is very hard to understand. Blessings.
@AndrewBoi (369)
• Philippines
28 Jul 09
Yes, I can imagine the world when I'm gone. I can see my kids having a good life with their own families. I can imagine them doing thing I had done in my life. I can see grandsons as handsome as me. I hope for a brighter future for my generations.
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi AndrewBoi,Thank you for your comment. Blessings.
@jbrooks0127 (2326)
• United States
28 Jul 09
We are important in this world for everyone of us has an influence on the people in our life, sometimes far more than we ever know. Think of your past and the people you have known. You have, without even trying, changed their lives, even if in only a small way and others that you have had a major influence in. Your parents, Your spouse, Your children if you have any, and friends who count on you. We often do not consider these things and perhaps compare ourselves to others who are wildly popular for what ever reason and perhaps wonder what that would be like. Would that then give our life more meaning? You are right, that new day will break some day but until it does we are very important to someone and we all make a difference in one way or another. And we will be missed.
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@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi jbbrooks, Thank you for your comment and I agree that we all have an influence on others. Blessings.
• United States
28 Jul 09
great question, can i imagine a world without me. yes i can if i wasn't peoples friends they wouldn't of met some of their best friends. and i would wonder who would they hang out with now. and then i think things would be weird. i think my mom couldn't make it without me whose gonna watch her twin babies she can't really afford baby sitting or hmm... maybe she could if i'm not around anymore. but i know she wouldn't have any help around the house because my sister just comes and goes and never does anything. so i think her world would suck without me. i think i'm the best thing she ever created haha seriously.
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@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi justbeingtiffany,Thank you for commenting and you seem pretty important. Blessings.
@ParaTed2k (22980)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
28 Jul 09
Actually, I can.. in fact, I often do. let me explain. When I go to places where there are crowds, it never ceases to amaze me how I can be surrounded by so many people who have no idea who I am. I mean, all those people will walk by me, maybe notice me, maybe not. They all come from somewhere, where they live their lives, without even knowing I exist. Once they walk out of the little corner of the world we both briefly occupied, they will go on with their lives, still completely ignorant of my existance. How many of the people I now count as friends were among those crowds in the past. How many of them will I ever meet? Not very many. So yeah, I can imagine a world without me in it... I do it all the time.
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@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi ParaTed2k, Thank you for commenting and I understand your meaning. Blessings.
@voldrox (7200)
• India
28 Jul 09
hi pretty interesting... i haven't much though about this, the world won't stop when i will die, i am not someone famous, my family and friends are the ones who care about me, and it will not matter others when i die... it's much like subtracting a drop of water from the ocean... and it is very strange to imagine that you don't exist, when i was younger i used to imagine what it would feel like if we didn't even exist... and it was so weird thinking about it...you just can't explain how it feels like to just imagine if you didn't exist in this world.... and now you just reminded me about that...
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@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi voldrox, Thank you for your comment and I agree the world would go on nicely without us. Since we only know the world from the way we experience it however, are we able to imagine it if we we were not here? Blessings.
@machizmo (279)
• United States
28 Jul 09
I think about it sometimes but then I realize I was put on this earth for a reason and if not I would no longer be here. If I had never been in this world, I think alot of people would have missed out on the relationships and times I had with them.
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@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi machizmo, Thank you for your comment and I believe you are right about us being put here for a reason. Blessings.
@II2aTee (2559)
• United States
28 Jul 09
What a wonderfull question my dear philosipher! I'll be pondering this one for a long time to come. You know, just the very fact that we are alive is amazing. The chances of one specific sperm, reaching one specific egg to form us each as individuals... the odds are just unfathomable. My mother sometimes tells me that she thought she would marry her high school love. But due to some circumstances (life, in general) fate it seemed had plans for her to marry my father instead. What would have happened if she had not? Would I be here? Would it be my soul in some other body? Would I never have been given a chance at all? Interesting question Pose. I love it! I dont have an answer for you at the moment. Let this simmer with me for a bit and I'll get back to you :)
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@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi Tee, Thank you, and finally someone has gotten the real meaning of what I was trying to say! Since we only know the world by the way we experience it, what about if we weren't here at all? Can you imagine a world without you? Is it possible? Blessings.
• India
28 Jul 09
Yes, the world to me is as I experience yet there are so many things in this world about which I have no experience at all. My existence is but nothing more than a speck of dust on this vast canvas which we call world, it is but natural that I have not experience or will never experience most of what happens globally, yet does that mean that those areas, those people, those plants and animals…life itself, does not exist there? Similarly, one day I surely will be gone but nature will continue weaving newer patterns…the show, as they say, must go on, its only the players who come and go.
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@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi sudiptacallingu, Thank you for that response and I agree the world will do nicely without us. My thought was because we only know the world by experiencing it, it would be difficult for us to imagine it without being here. Blessings.
@4mymak (1793)
• Malaysia
28 Jul 09
a world without me.. wouldnot be much different, i think - because i dont make any difference to anyone or anything other than my own family.. i start out as my parent's only daughter - and still - my mom may not have me as her daughter, but she might have another person as her only daughter - my 4 brothers will have a different sister, my husband will be married to someone else, and my 5 children will not exist because their mine, and i dont exist.. . i guess the 5 companies that i've worked with will still be in business, because i've left 4 of them - and they've found my replacement - so my existence or non-existence would not affect their business at all, and i am sure if i hadnt existed in my current company - they would have someone to do my job anyways.. so.. a world without me.. would go on.. without me..
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@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi 4mymak, Thank you for commenting and I agree that the world will go on without much change when you and I depart. It is just that we as individuals would not experience it and that's what's difficult for many to understand.The sun would rise, yet we would not be able to see it, people would continue with their everyday business yet we would not be here to observe it. I guess the only way to explain it would be to say that for us it would no longer exist. Blessings.
@yolak69 (55)
• Philippines
28 Jul 09
This is really funny, ever since i saw the Truman Show with Jim Carrey, I said to myself, i am not alone. Ever since I was a child, i imagine the world revolving around me, it's as if i'm the creator of the world, and they all exist because of me. Much like that of the Neo thing in The Matrix. In college, i even furthered this theory as what they call existensialism. But really we are just one tiny spot in this world. As they say in the movie Sideways. "I'm just a thumbark in a sky craper' or something to that effect. It's just up to us to build our mark in the world for them to recognize us.
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@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi yolak69, Thank you for commenting and I think you may have realized what it is that I am trying to express here. I don't mean that we are so important that the world can't go on without us lol! Most of us will be missed by our family members and close friends, that's all. Life to us is our experience of it, so it has to be difficult to imagine a world that we will not be able to experience. Blessings.
@phildozer (284)
• United States
28 Jul 09
Sometimes I wonder how strange and wild the world was before we bursted onto the scene. Sometimes I jog through a local nature preserve, its a savana/grassland area, and I just think to myself "wow, this whole town used to look just like this" Its sad, because I see how beautiful the nature is in this preserve, and everyday across the globe fewer and fewer people will get to enjoy less and less of our Earth's natural beauty
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@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi phildozer, Thank you for your comment and I see the way that you are thinking here. You can be sure that the world was here long before humans came on the scene. As things look today, we may yet destroy the human race but the earth will still remain and in time recover from the damage that we have done to it. I was actually thinking of us as individuals and how we only see the world as we experience it and making it very difficult for us to think of a world without us. I don't mean it in the sense that we are important. Blessings.
@Sweeten (159)
• United States
28 Jul 09
Without me the world I know would not exist, because if the world to me is what I experienced.. and I have not experienced nothing.. then that means that the world I know would not exist! I guess thats right, but without me my sister would have been an only child or would have had many siblings (because after my mom had me her uterus was all messed up) and all of my friends would have to find another friend and it all would have had a domino effect. Other than the small things I really don't know if I would have made an impact on the world, more or less the people in it though.
@Pose123 (21661)
• Canada
28 Jul 09
Hi Sweeten, Thank you for responding, and you have the right idea. Since the world you know could not exist if you were not here, would it be possible to imagine it? Blessings.