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Monday, May 30, 2016

Me, myself, and the universe

Originally Published: May 30, 2016
by: Kelvin Zhang

When you look up in the night sky, you see stars.
Hundreds, thousands of them, glimmering and glistening,
each and every one bigger and brighter than our own sun.
A hundred billion stars lie in our galaxy,
and another hundred billion galaxies in our universe.
Our minds are unable to comprehend how large the universe really is.

From that perspective, the Earth is tiny.
But everything you have ever known, everyone you have ever loved
lies on that small dot orbiting the sun.
Everyone that has ever lived.
Every human, every organism.
Every great leader.
Every saint and sinner.
On that small blue planet.

To think of the blood that we shed,
of all the destruction that we caused
just to be temporary leaders of a small place --
It makes you feel small. Insignificant.

Our lives may be a small fraction of the universe,
but you should feel big,
because the Universe is in you.
You are those very atoms that the Big Bang created,
those very atoms scattered by the deaths of stars.
Those atoms, the pieces to a puzzle,
that continuously rearrange themselves -
forming intricate patterns.
Growing in size and complexity
and over billions of years:

You are here.
You are connected to the universe.
Atoms with consciousness.
Matter with curiosity.
a universe of atoms --
an atom in the universe.
That is the beauty of science, the universe, and you.

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