“To gain significance, you must first realize that you are insignificant.” – Manoj Vaz.

It’s 6am as I write this, and the stars are still out. I mentioned a few posts ago how nothing makes me feel quite as full and empty as looking up at the night sky. Staring at light from a star that might not even be there anymore, knowing that I’m looking at the same sky that so many others before me have, wondering about my life, my future, the world, as they did; it humbles me to a level so fundamental that I can’t always conceptualize it.

Let’s get a little insignificant together.

1) Before you open any other link, open this playlist up and listen to it in the background. No. Don’t skip past it. Trust me on this one (Warning: first three tracks are fine, couple tracks after have a bit of swearing. Oh, Joe Rogan).

2) How many people are in space right now? Check it out.

3) This is where today fits into the larger picture of time.

4) Because space is awesome, here’s an illustration of 50 years of space exploration.

5) And, in case you wanted to get a little interactive, this model of the solar system will be right up your alley.

“It’s funny. When we were alive we spent much of our time staring up at the cosmos and wondering what was out there. We were obsessed with the moon and whether we could one day visit it. The day we finally walked on it was celebrated worldwide as perhaps man’s greatest achievement. But it was while we were there, gathering rocks from the moon’s desolate landscape, that we looked up and caught a glimpse of just how incredible our own planet was. Its singular astonishing beauty. We called her Mother Earth. Because she gave birth to us, and then we sucked her dry.” – Jon Stewart. 


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