Below is a picture from the Hubble of the birth of a star in a dwarf galaxy.
Often in this Western Media Culture, we’re overwhelmed with news of injustice, hatred, criminal politics, capitalist exploitation, and vacuous self-interest. It’s often hard to take in and you wonder why it is that we do the things we do to each other on a daily basis.
And for what? The things we do for/with/to/at/etc. each other, does it really matter? Does matter matter?
“Whatever else it may be, at the level of chemistry life is curiously mundane: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen, a little calcium, a dash of sulfur, a light dusting of other very ordinary elements-nothing you wouldn’t find in any ordinary drugstore-and that’s all you need. The only thing special about the atoms that make you is that they make you.”
― Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything
It’s all chemistry, a friend of mine likes to say. And he’s right. You, me, them, everybody are a unique spacetime event destined to appear For One Life Only!, and those atoms are only going to make that event once and from a variety of ingredients that come from space.
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos
In the end, we are just a small speck on a microscopic fleck of dust in a universe that is wide and nigh infinite.
So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space
‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.
― Eric Idle & John Du Prez, The Galaxy Song
Have a nice weekend.