throwing bricks at the temple.

I don’t normally write and post something all in the same day, but today has to be the exception. I saw a video today that reminded me of Stephen Crane’s short story “The Open Boat,” and with it, one of the greatest literary quotes of all time. It reads something like this:

“When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply that there are no bricks and no temples.”

In context, the main character of the tale is stranded at sea with three others after their ship has been wrecked. Throughout the story the reader can’t help but feel this overwhelming sensation of helplessness. In that moment, our character realizes how truly small and insignificant his existence is, in the grand scheme of nature and the universe, and there is absolutely nothing he can do about it.

This video captures the same effect. Not in a daunting fashion, however, but in a somewhat enlightening and motivational way. I hope the link works out for you. If not, you can find it on A solid reminder of how precious life is. How we treat each other does really count.