Putting Things in Perspective
On March 7, 2009, the Kepler Space Telescope was launched by NASA to determine the number of earth-like planets (capable of supporting life) orbiting the 1-4 hundred billion stars forming our galaxy (the Milky Way). The answer was provided on June 30, 2014, “about 20%,” which means 20 to 80 billion stars have earth-like planets in “our” galaxy. By the way, it is estimated that there are about a hundred billion other galaxies.
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=746043185466080 (I hope you can access this link)
Joe’s Perspective: I don’t know if there are other life forms out there in the universe. However, this recent information and this video reminds me how small and insignificant we are in relation to the vast universe. The earth is just a speck in this galaxy and each of us is just a speck on this speck of a planet. All of this reminds me that my problems that seem so significant and important, are anything but.
I’m not telling you to not study for your next math test (your teacher, parents and future boss will not care that you are just a speck on a tiny speck of a planet), but I am asking you to put your problems and your worries into perspective. Maybe obsessing over the next math test or how your hair looks for a date, etc. is not a really as important as we think it is in our spec-like heads.
Maybe we should spend our time and energy focused on things that really matter. What is that, you ask? You tell me.
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1. After watching this video, what kind of reactions do you have? And, what is truly important in your life?