I love the picture above and everything it conveys. That’s us, right there. Tiny, little, insignificant, just…nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m talking about the universe and its mysteries when there are far more important things to worry about like where Angelina Jolie’s right leg is and what it must be doing right now but pretend like you’re interested in what I have to say, for a bit, yes?
As luck would have it, this week, barely started, has involved a number of universe/space/time related events, including the landing of the Curiosity on Mars, my finally getting past the halfway mark of Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” or just my near-ritualistic staring at the sun when I sit to study. Most significantly, the Curiosity landed on Mars on Monday morning, India and for virtually everyone, it being a Monday morning, it was something they were less than curious about.
But if you consider the pace at which we’re moving, this is exciting stuff. Scientists predict that we’re less than a decade away from setting foot on Mars. Isn’t that exciting? I mean, hey, one more spanking new planet for us to fuck up! Hallelujah! Bring on the pollution, corruption, raping, killing and Justin Bieber’s music bitches, us humans are here to stay!
Seriously though, that picture above makes you realise just how irrelevant we are as a species, heck, as a planet in the grand universal scheme of things. And yet, we all fight over the little things. We obsess about what we want and how others should treat us when, truth is, we should be working on making this tiny blue-green speck of dust a little more welcoming should aliens from the dark side of Betelgeuse come a-callin’ (or just for fellow mankind but whatevs). And think up a plausible explanation should they demand to know how Lara Dutta once became the most beautiful woman in the entire universe without equal cross-planetary representation.
Of course, being as puny as we are, the things we worry about on a daily basis are completely insignificant in the cosmic sense. Heck, things as inconsequential as exams and a career really shouldn’t matter, right? Right? Guys? Sigh…
PS – I’ve got exams coming up (major, life-changing and all that jazz) so apologies in advance to my minuscule readership if I delay the next post.