When Is Something Truly Significant?

In terms of world events significance is often only attributed long after the fact. But somethings like the wall coming down in Berlin are immediately and symbolically significant.

Somethings of significance are slow burners. In that their significance takes a long while to mature.

Other things are initially only significant to a few people, but that significance then grows.

The events in Palestine ~2000 years were probably only significant to a handful of people at the time. But 2000 years later a large part of the world waits to hear the Christmas message from some geezer in Rome.

Some people fail to note the significance. For example, Matt Hancock snogging his aide was, because of the context, more significant. His lack of awareness pissed off a whole bunch of people.

I have a notion that I tend to appreciate significance and potential significance earlier than many, not always but on occasion.

I have a hunch that, if what I have been “told” is true, then that is way more significant than others might appreciate. Its significance might be of the slow burner kind.

This morning whilst lying half asleep I was contemplating on the Shantideva quote about the doctor and the medicine. Whilst someone, a bodhisattva, may wish to ease the suffering of others, the care they can give is only palliative. They can’t really help all that much with the mental angst and circling thought patterns. They can have a chat but unless the person wants to stop their own suffering sufficiently as to make real effort, the suffering will continue. They can show the way, they can open the door, but the person themselves must walk through it.

The act of making a true decision about something is always significant. A true decision changes things. Proper real and irrevocable decisions are always significant. A decision in many case implies some kind of action.