Bedtime Thoughts

Why we are small, yet significant

We are human beings: intelligent and advanced. We have evolved incredibly as a species, physically and mentally. We have created vaccines that prolong life, constructed language and culture, walked on the moon that is thousands and thousands of miles away from Earth, climbed Mount Everest, taken flights all around the world, captured glimpses of our lives through photography, created the Internet that expanded our knowledge and made communication easier and much, much more.

On one side – we’re small. We are one species out of millions on the planet Earth itself not including the unknowns outside the Earth. There is an abundant amount that we have yet to discover directly. There could be something greater and the universe is too grand for us to deny it.

On the other side – we’re significant. Thus far, we are the only known advanced species. Out of all the possibilities in this universe, we are here, as human beings on Planet Earth, surviving, learning and progressing through our complex reasoning abilities and intelligence. We haven’t discovered the majority of this world, but from what we have discovered, there is a great deal we can infer. That is the beauty and power of our mind.

Here is a little perspective.

Small, yet significant

The Observable Universe


Within the observable Universe there are an estimated 170 billion Galaxies


And within the observable Universe there are 10 million Superclusters


Within the Superclusters there is the Laniakea Supercluster


Within the Laniakea Supercluster there are 100,000 Galaxies


And within the Laniakea Supercluster there is the Virgo Supercluster


Within the Virgo Supercluster there are around 100 Galaxy Groups


Within the Galaxy Groups there is the Local Group


Within the Local Group there are 54 estimated Galaxies


Within the 54 Galaxies there is the Milky Way Galaxy


Within the Milky Way Galaxy there are several billion planets


And within the Milky Way Galaxy there is one Solar System


Within the Solar System there are eight Planets


And within the Solar System there is Earth


Within Earth there are 7.4 billion People


And within the 7.4 billion People there is one. You.

Why we are incredibly small, yet incredibly significant.

Karishma

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