When looking up at the sky on a starry night, I’m always amazed at the beauty and size of the universe. Star gazing can bring up some of the most profound questions we have about life.
The speed of light seems slow when compared to the sheer size of the universe. There are estimates from 100-500 billion galaxies in the universe. And within each galaxy, there are hundreds of billions of stars. That’s right… a billion times a billion…
1,000,000,000 x 1,000,000,000 ……… a staggering number of stars
And with many stars hosting planets orbiting around them, there are even more planets. So you think about that big question often asked by sci-fi junkies and astrologers, “Is there life beyond our small blue planet?” I mean, statistically speaking, many scientists think it’s likely. Then you have scientists also posing the hypothesis that there are probably many universes beyond our own.
The point is that we know so so little about the universe. Even what we do know about the universe is staggering. And how about our own planet? We know so little about so much. The more we know, the more we realize how little we know.
Life is complicated. We all have our problems and things that get us down. We are the centers of our own personal universes. Now think about even just our planet – all of the bloodshed that takes place daily, malnutrition, and all the other problems. What are our own problems, but tiny occurrences in this vast universe.
We are small and finite, limited beings. We can’t truly know the nature of everything and the universe. So the next time you’re having a bad day, look up at the stars; look at the beauty of our natural world; look to your brothers and sisters who trudge through each day with you, an army of people who’ve forgotten the vastness of life and the universe. You can think and wonder, how big is this problem, really?
Enjoy these thoughts and enjoy the rest of your day. Share them with a friend. Enjoy being small, if only for a day. For in smallness, there’s peace of mind. In realizing the smallness of our problems, we can enjoy the moment.