Who am I? Why am I here? Is all of this real?
No amount of science, logic, reasoning or facts will be able to provide a universally accepted answer to these questions. Perhaps our idea of reality is mere misconception spawned from the chemical reactions in our brain. Perhaps we serve some greater purpose for the universe. Perhaps we’re nothing more than fluke of nature cooked up by random elements floating in space… Whatever you believe, one fact remains: We exist. We’re a part of the universe and the universe is a part of us. Through some means or another, we are aware of our own existence and we’ve developed the ability to question it.
After months of research, exploration, and thinking… I’ve decided that there are no better pieces of content that better summarize the meaning of life than the three pieces of content below.
These are, without a doubt, some of the most profound fundamental beliefs on which I base my personal meaning of life off of (which I will post about soon). Assuming you have a reasonable amount of understanding and belief in Science, I don’t think you will have a problem accepting any of the three pieces of content outlined below.
1. Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot
If you shrank the sun down to the size of a tiny white blood cell and shrunk our Milky Way galaxy down using the same scale, the Milky Way would be the size of the United States.
Think about that for a second.
Our galaxy is an infinitesimally small tiny grain of sand on a vast, infinitely large cosmic beach. There are millions of galaxies, each with millions and millions of stars, each with their own solar systems. I could go on, but I’ll let Carl Sagan take it from here…
2. Neil deGrasse Tyson – The Most Astounding Fact
“We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to selfawareness. We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose. Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.” — Carl Sagan
Our atoms are the very same atoms that existed at the infinitely small point when our Universe sprung into existence. Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s most astounding fact of the universe is based upon this point. We’re all connected. On a cosmic level, we’re made of the same “stuff”, the same atoms and molecules, the same building blocks that cooked the universe into existence.
3. Scale of The Universe 2
If the above two videos haven’t given you enough context, this brilliant work of art Cary and Micheal Huang should do the trick.
Perhaps the most amazing feat accomplished by this interactive experience is that it puts a means of truly visualizing the scale of the universe. Even so, the graphic relies on logarithmic scale, which means that each concentric circle is TEN TIMES bigger than the last. That means that after just a few circles, we’re already looking at things under the pretense that what we’re looking at is exponentially larger than the previous things we looked at.
Try out their interactive experience by visiting this link or clicking the graphic below.
Perhaps the above pieces of content are profound enough to lead you to a conclusion. Perhaps they’ve spawned more questions than answers. Whatever you’ve arrived at, I think it’s safe to say that we, as humans, are all connected on a cosmic level. If you believe in the notion of consciousness, then us humans are effectively a way for the universe to be conscious. Whatever the answer is, one thing is sure to me… Our consciousness, our acknowledgement of our place in the universe, makes us much bigger than we think we are.