Sunday, August 28, 2016
The Pale Blue Dot: Humbling or Empowering?
When most people talk about the size of Earth in comparison to the Universe, they usually speak of our insignificance. They say its a humbling thought- to be so small, and I understand why they say that. On a model scale we are a dot. We are that town in the middle of no where with a population of 100 that doesn't even make it on the map. So yes, when thinking that way I get it, but using that same idea, of our insignificant size to the universe, and then looking back to all we have accomplished, I no longer feel trivial. As small as the earth is, we have grown and learned. We have advanced in everyway. Nations have been built. Life spans continue to grow. New discoveries arise everyday. When I do start to look at the universe as a whole and question our relevance its thoughts like this that keep me from feeling insignificant. Because sure, to the universe, Earth makes up practically nothing, but to us its our everything. It supplies us the air we breath, protects us from the harsh rays of the sun, gives us water and food, and overall gives us life. So instead of being humbled I am empowered by the idea that something so little, can give so much. If not to the universe, at least to me.