Human life is just a “blip” in the universe

Human life is just a “blip” in the universe

Nivi Khatana, Centerspread Editor

This is home. This is Earth. Everything you have ever known is located right here. 

American astronomer Carl Sagan said, “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”

Some people may think of irrelevance as a disappointing or terrifying thing, but I find it liberating. 

It makes me remember that the modern world is a construct and constantly changing. I am here for just a moment in which I can make my own meaning for myself. 

When I feel frustrated with life, expectations or any of the tedious things that make up modern existence, I try to remember how trivial our daily lives are in the wider scale of the universe. For that reason, I love to look up at the sky and stare at the stars. Feeling so small and insignificant gives me peace. We are part of a much larger universe, that existed billions of years before us and will continue to do so after.