Some, if indeed not all of us, have an over-inflated sense of self worth. Now i know some of you will scoff loudly at the thought but it is, in fact, True.
This is actually not an all-together bad thing, because, if we ever did think of ourselves in true Perspective with relation to our Universe – we just might never get out of bed in the morning.
These 3 following photographs of True Reality might give you all just a glimpse of what i am on about – or not.
(Clicking on each pic should help you see them better).
What’s that? Mandy is not out of bed yet???…
Photo 1: Planet Earth taken from a paltry 4 ooo ooo ooo miles away (some 6 or so light hours or about one 1500th of a light year away. Just a tiny bit outside our own solar system of sun and eight planets).
If you can’t see the dot (planet Earth) click on image to expand it.
Photo 2: a SMALL section of sky looking into the centre of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Every dot is a single sun – some much bigger than our own and a considerable number of them having more planets than our own Star, the Sun does.
Photo 3: Grab a ballpoint pen go out into the open air on a clear night and look at a ‘dark’ section of space. Hold out your pen at arms length. Try to focus on the ball of the ballpoint. Move it just a little bit. This photo is of what you have just uncovered in deep space from behind the ball. ONLY from behind the ball in the tip of the pen!
Those are not individual stars – they are entire galactic star systems of millions to billions of stars – comparable to our sun. And our entire planet is that smallish dot in the top band of light in the first photo. And even from ‘close up’ (inter-stellarly speaking) no-one could make you out as you live your life on the surface of that dot.
Could you live with that?
Like i said – some of us have an inflated view of our ‘place’. Maybe we need to?