I have always found it interesting to think about what life would have looked like when famous and accomplished scientists like Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei made some of their groundbreaking discoveries that changed the world. Nowadays there are millions of people working on research and discovery and we, as a planet, seem to have the infrastructure to support these new developments but there is still a consistent theme of past scientists, like those mentioned above, being challenged by the society around them and often not being credited for their work at all until numerous years after their deaths.
Those, at least the majority of people, who live today have the existing mediums to publish their work and seemingly don’t have the same struggle that those who came prior did.
I think that it’s absolutely fascinating to think and learn about the vast size and scale of the universe. Everybody’s been told that their problems aren’t important in the grand scheme of things and while getting a C on a test might ruin your day, your life probably isn’t going to change course because of it. But it is absolutely fascinating to me to take this a few steps further.
Expanding your view exponentially to everything going wrong right now in the city you live in changes the relevant discussion from a bad grade to something like the amount of debt that Nashville is in, a topic that my roommate and I just randomly discussed. Expanding your view again to the country you’re in or even the entire planet can make your life feel entirely irrelevant and unimportant. While in the grand scheme of things, you’re still just a speck of dust on a planet that is even tiny compared to other planets in our solar system as in the graphic below, you cannot lose sight of the meaning of your individual life. That said, the universe is so much bigger than even our solar system so we’re likely even smaller than we had initially thought.
Thank you for reading my musings on how unimportant we each are in the grand scheme of things. I hope it wasn’t too overwhelming.