1. Matter, as distinct from mind and spirit, is a broad word that applies to anything perceived, or known to be occupying space: solid matter; gaseous matter.www.dictionary.com
2. to be of importance; signify
It is interesting that we use the same word to identify that something has substance and that it has meaning. Inherent in our language is the suggested value that all things that exist have meaning. This single shared meaning, suggestiong that simply existing equates with holding meaning and thus, having value.
While any one thing in the universe is of little significance when compared to the awe-inspiring whole, that whole could not come into being and into its full glory without all those little things with in it. The microorganisms living in our body are too small for us to see or readily comprehend, yet they have a major impact on our health and well-being.
This use of this word “matter” suggests that all things in existence are like this.
We humans live upon the Earth in much the same fashion that microbes live within our bodies. It is easy to argue that we affect the Earth in the same manner in which the microbes affect us. And the Earth is only a tiny part of the universe, a cell in the making of the cosmos.
Matter is neither created nor destroyed, it simply changes from one form to the next. This is the fashion in which the cycle of creation and destruction moves. A creature dies and its body is consumed; its matter is brought back into the cycle of creation to make something anew. Thus all things that exist matter and continue to matter even when they cease to be. Their importance is neither created nor destroyed, only changed from one form to the next. This is the Life Stream and its unseen waves wash over us continuously, breaking down and recreating around us all the time. Our very life depends on this cycle. We kill living things to eat; to continue living.
This is easy to argue for those things which are living. But what about the rocks and dirt upon which we walk? They also have matter. Their existence also affects us as readily as the food we eat. The mountains affect the weather patterns which of course affect the way that things grow, live and die. The soil holds the nutrients for the plants that we eat. Living or not; having matter (existence) makes it matter (hold meaning)…
In the end, this means that simply by existing, we as individuals matter. We are important and hold inherent value that cannot be given nor taken away from us. This mattering is bound to our matter and a fundamental part of our identity.