We Make Things in Our Own Image

Remember the houses we use to draw when we were kids? We made them in our own image. The roof was the top of the head. The windows were the eyes. The front door was the mouth. And the four corners of the house were our four limbs.


How about the cars we design today? They too are in our own image. The headlights are our eyes. The front grill is the mouth. The wheels, our limbs. Many cartoons are based on emphasizing these similarities.


It’s not just the overall physical appearance that’s in our image. It’s the personality too. Compare the 1980 Honda Civic on the left with the 2019 Honda Civic:


All objects we’ve created, beginning with the first tools and writing implements, are reflections of our own minds. We need only look around to see our minds.

And then, when we want to know more, we can look to nature.

We are nature’s image. To be human is to be a part of nature. Accordingly, we pass through the stages of development that all of nature exhibits: birth, growth, maturity, decline, death—the phases of a lifetime. Plants do the same. So do animals. So do the seasons, stars, and galaxies. Beginningless ebb and flow.

So where is consciousness in all this? Consciousness is that which reflects this world of multiplicity and animation—the light in which these images are seen, and out of which these are made.

Anoop Kumar, MD, MM is board certified in Emergency Medicine and holds a Master’s degree in Management with a focus in Health Leadership. He practices in the Washington, DC metro area, where he also leads meditation gatherings for clinicians. He is the author of the upcoming book Is This a Dream? He tweets @DrAnoopKumar.