Thursday, July 24, 2008

Deep Field

This is a mind exercise.  Consider the Earth.  It's size, it's amazing number of plant and animal species and all the incredible natural wonders that can be found.  Let's just forget about man's accomplishments for now.  Instead let's concentrate on what is.  The Earth.  The Solar System.  The Galaxy.  The Universe.  We are all here together on a tiny blue dot in the Universe.  When I say tiny, I mean tiny.  The Universe in unbelievably vast.  In our galaxy alone there are billions of stars.  Ours is but one of billions of galaxies in the Universe.  It's difficult to comprehend numbers this large.  Now here is a (one of many) kicker.... our Universe may be one of an infinite number of Universes.  There are a few among us humans whose brains dare to fathom the crazy realities of existence.  We are for the most part, primates.  We've figured out a few things in our short time here.  What is wonderful and exciting is that we have figured out only a very small bit of what there is to know.  Look at the picture above and think.  Look at the picture and marvel.  I find the idea of us being a speck in the Universe thrilling.  We have never been nor will we ever be the center of the Universe.  If we were then why look to the stars?  We are a part of something.  We are a part of the Universe and it is beautiful.  Google 'Hubble Deep Field' or just click on the above pic and be amazed.  Those are not individual stars you're looking at... they're entire galaxies.  I am extremely humbled.

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