Contemplating on the universe helps me to appreciate our world more. Considering how minute the earth is compared to the rest of the huge universe that encompasses us is overwhelming. Thinking about how large is our solar system which is part of the Galaxy called Milky Way leaves me perplexed. Consider the following:
How Big is the Milky Way? Imagine that our entire Solar System were the size of a quarter. The Sun is now a microscopic speck of dust, as are its nine planets, whose orbits are represented by the flat disc of the coin. How far away is the nearest star to our sun? In our model, Proxima Centauri (and any planets that might be around it) would be another quarter, two soccer fields away. This is the typical separation of stars in our part of the galaxy. Credit: Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STSCI/NASA); US Mint
The Milky Way measures about 100,000 light-years across, and is thought to contain 200 billion stars.
We live on planet Earth which is part of our local Solar System. Our Solar System includes the Sun and everything that orbits the Sun. Our Sun is just one Star in the Milky Way Galaxy. The Milky Way Galaxy is just one Galaxy in the Universe.
Can you imagine this? Can you think how far we would have to travel to reach another solar system? It would be even farther to reach the next nearest Galaxy!
We are almost nothing in this universe. Shouldn’t this make us feel humble? Shouldn’t we reconsider how exalted we sometimes want to make ourselves feel?
We should take a second to look at ourselves and start treating each other as equal. Instead of fighting, hating, competing, we would be better off cooperating, assisting, and uniting.
My suggestion is to be honest with our commonality and insignificance compared to the rest of the universe and be content with it. Exploring the rest of the galaxy continues to be a huge task for us. But doing it with reverence is essential.