The human species is great, but its tendency to claim superiority may be its affliction. View these photos and challenge your perspective.
The human race has an affliction of assumed superiority. Apparently with the advent of fire, the Homo erectus brain swelled to a proportion that allowed the capability to learn and develop language, fiddle with technology, and form meaningful relationships with others.
What didn’t happen with this ‘so-called’ jump in evolution, however, was the capability to live from a space of compassion, commune with nature, and respect (or easily perceive) the innate force that ties all together.
While human beings continue to transcend previous levels of innovation, intellect, and comprehension in self and the ‘Spirit’ of life, as a collective their air of superiority still reins supreme.
Which is why we suggest everyone take a good, long look at the photos gathered by diply below and really size up their existence in proportion to the majesty which exists in the rest of the universe.
FIRST, LET’S START OFF WITH YOU.
AT 30,000 FEET, THIS IS WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE:
AT 100,000 FEET, THIS IS YOU:
AND FROM 127,852 FEET (WITH FELIX BAUMGARTNER JUMPING OUT A CAPSULE IN THE STRATOSPHERE), TAKE A GOOD LOOK…
230,000 MILES AWAY, YOU’RE PRETTY SMALL, RIGHT?
WOW – IN COMPARISON TO THE SUN, YOU’RE TINY!
IN THE MILKY WAY GALAXY, EARTH ISN’T EVEN IN THE SCALE PHOTO.
DON’T FRET. HOW ABOUT SOME MORE CONTRAST?
THIS IS ROSETTA’S COMET. A PROBE WAS RECENTLY LANDED ON IT, AND THIS IS HOW BIG IT IS IN COMPARISON TO LOS ANGELES:
TIME FOR A SELFIE! THIS IS EARTH IN SPACE. GORGEOUS, HUH?
AND IF YOU’RE NOT VISUAL, MATH CAN BREAK IT DOWN:
LET’S INTRODUCE SOME PERSPECTIVE:
50 MILLION LIGHT YEARS AWAY…
AND FINALLY, THE GRAND SCHEME:
THIS IS THE MILKY WAY. IT BOASTS OVER A BILLION STARS:
…BUT WAIT. YOU STILL MATTER.
Just because the Universe is mighty, doesn’t diminish the importance of a single life or the beauty that exists on plant Earth. We’re just hoping some perspective might introduce some well-needed humility to the human race.
It’s interesting to contemplate on our insignificance. But to understand that there is a much bigger picture out there… is also a really liberating thought. 🙂