Humanity as a Hamburger

Humanity as a Hamburger

If I am to choose a food to represent humanity, it would be a hamburger - a piece of meat hiding within the cover and impression of other ingredients, associating them with it as if it was more than a piece of fatty meat.

It’s a thing we all might do - hide our vulnerable egos behind external additions of pride and attraction, but we may associate them as components of our egos nonetheless, as they are, allegedly, more “organs” of our bodies, like the skin, which is external to us but a part of our body.

From military leaders to Instagram personalities, we all hide ourselves behind filters, cosmetics and other additions that make us bigger than what we actually are. We appear to have a bigger self-worth, as a way to deny the possibility that we are not that important and significant like we think we are.

We therefore hide behind our achievements, behind our possessions, behind our friends and followers, and behind other things that are not necessarily who we are.

We all do this for compensating for a hidden, subconscious fear that we are nothing more but a grain of sand in a massive desert. We thus make others see us as fortresses of sand, while we hide our true grain selves in the depths of these hypocritical buildings of self-empowerment.

When the body is exposed to the cold of the Great Void, whilst any grandiose, warm and, yet, synthetic, piece cloth is taken away from us - what is then the point of living when we are exposed to the infinity of emptiness, threatening to make us scream in terror when faced with the likely absurdity of existence?

This what makes humility so great and so sincere - those who are modest, despite of their achievements and their social positions, are aware than many of us of mankind’s actual significance - as a sentient race of local conquerors of a mere small world, one of many worlds, in a huge galaxy, in and even a much larger universe, whose immense growth minimizes even the most famous and known humans in our relatively-short history of cultural and technological growth.

We are all hamburgers. Who will want to eat just the meat when a greater sense satisfaction and satiation, fake as it may be, can be provided?


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