Putting Things Into Perspective

by Stephen Mills on November 13, 2012

There are 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the universe. The universe itself existed for hundreds of millions of lifetimes before you were born.  Most of the mass of your body is made of stardust from stars that exploded billions of years ago. Your parents could have had a quadrillion different children instead of you based just on the way their chromosomes could have come combined. So in your family you are a freak event and each of your parents were just as unlikely and so were your grandparents and so on. The odds of five thousand generations of humans producing you are so incredibly small we can’t even begin to imagine it. We are are unimaginably lucky to be alive in an unimaginable blink of time’s eye in an unimaginably small corner of an immense universe.

Don’t Throw It Away

I bring all that up because so much of what think about, stress about, get upset about, fight and argue about (like the elections we just went through),  is just a colossal waste of time. Your life is a colossal gift. You should be cherishing every precious moment because faster than you know it, it is going to be gone.   Every moment that is gone is one that you will never get back ever.  It’s real easy to say things like this, but it is pretty hard to keep it in mind as we go about our daily routines.   Perhaps we ponder on it more often.

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Ryan November 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Hey Steven,

Good to see you posting again. That’s a good point. We are so lucky to be here, and we also are so small compared to the world and entire universe.

I think about this sometimes. I also know that life is too short to worry about menial things. You have to just focus on all of the positives in life.
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Stephen Mills November 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Yeah I took a pretty long break. I read somewhere that the number of stars estimate had been increased because they found a bunch more that they didn’t know about. That’s a freaking big number! It got me thinking that in the scheme of things my little problems didn’t matter a whole lot :-)

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Christiano Kwena November 14, 2012 at 7:26 am

Wow!
This moment, its special.
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Brian Lee November 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Amazing article Steve. Thanks for this. I’ve been pondering this idea for the past year, and it’s just mind boggling how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things.

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Brian November 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Great post Stephen. We are at the leading edge of a process that has taken 14 billion years. Appreciating that is so important. Thank you for the reminder.

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Deane Alban December 9, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Even our galaxy, the Milky Way, is just a speck of dust in the scheme of things. While we should all consider each day of our existence a blessing, dwelling on the enormity of it all could drive a person insane!
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Trevor February 12, 2013 at 11:00 pm

totally great thought. couldnt agree more. preserve your life with and protect your brain against age related diseases with cerebral success
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