Will you evaluate man in terms of matter and spirit?

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4.3.3-The immense world is like a dot in the imagination of man

In terms of matter, the earth is not even as big as a dot in the universe and man is not even as big as a dot in the world.

In terms of matter, the earth is not even as big as a dot in the universe and man is not even as big as a dot in the world. In other words, man is as big as a dot within a dot only in terms of its body. However, he has such a greatness in terms of his meaning, that is, his spirit, and his spiritual organs and feelings like the mind, imagination, heart and talents encompassing everything that the immense world will be as small as a dot in his imagination. The pleasures and pains that man receives with his spiritual organs are also proportional to their greatness - depending on their development. The greatness of the difference between a man and an animal is not related to matter but spirituality. Each member of humanity is like a species of other existent beings.

“Each member of humanity is like a species of other existent beings. The light of thought has broadened its scope of ambitions to the extent that even if it swallowed all of time, it would not become full. The nature, value, viewpoints, perfectibility, pleasures, and pains of the members of other species are restricted, while those of humanity are constant, universal, and unrestricted.”1

            There is not much difference between people in terms of material limbs or organs, and they are all identical. Although the height and weight of people vary slightly, the value of a person and the size of the pleasures and pains he takes from life have little to do with the size of the body. When someone is called a great person, we do not think about the tallness or weight of that person. The difference between two people can be as big as the world in terms of spiritual organs. For example, a mother who endangers her life for her baby is appreciated and praised as a hero of compassion but a person who kills an innocent baby is despised as a monster. People who deal with science and become exalted mentally are held in high esteem but big masses of people are treated as ordinary people. A person becomes a cure like medicine for the society with his high ethics while another can be poison for humanity with his ambition and fury. In short, the difference between two people can be much more than the difference between two animal species; and this difference is not related to matter, but related entirely to meaning, that is, spirit.

1.Nursi, B.S. Muhakemet. Rnk Neşriyat, Istanbul, 2008, p. 127.

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