On insignificance…

January 27, 2010Jake DiMare

I once heard Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson refer to humans as a speck on a speck on a speck on a speck. Intellectually, I felt like I understood what he meant but, it is still hard to internalize the actual scale of distances in space. This video helps a little:

This probably seems weird but knowing how insignificant we are gives me comfort in some strange way. The sheer magnitude of the universe compared to my individual life puts my selfish, self centered ego in check for at least a moment…making ideas like aging, not getting what I want and death acceptable.

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