Humans on Earth - A very small part of an infinitely larger context! Get perspective of your self

What is a human?

The definition of man: Humans- known as Homo Sapiens, which in Latin means "wise man or knowing man" are the only living species within the Homo genus that walks with two legs in the great ape family. But sometimes I think that we attach ourselves to much significant! We behave as if man are superior all other lifeforms on earth at all time, and it is probably true if you look at our intelligence. We also think that we obviously own this planet, that it is ours to use. But really, it´s not so! It just so happens, that the planet Earth, have to bear with man for a short time!

Man has existed on earth a vanishingly short period of Earth´s lifetime. And I do think we sometimes need to remind us of the facts, in order to get perspective of ourselves.

Milky Way, with our sun!(Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech))
Milky Way, with our sun!(Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech))

The larger context!

We are a very small part of a larger context. The Milky Way is a galaxy that circulates in an infinite universe. Our planet, planet Earth, is one of the smaller planets in our solar system. In universe there is a kind of balance between the heavenly bodies, which must be, in that the planets will maintain at a somewhat fix point in space. But all the time there is still small change in positions, as everything moves and the universe slowly expands.

Take a look at the videos below. They help us to get perspective and every time I see the beauty on earth I get tears in my eyes!

Amazing images that give us perspective!

This video gives me goosebumps and even if you don't read the whole article you need to see this. The beauty of Earth is breathtaking!

Photo by NASA/LRC
Photo by NASA/LRC

Planet Earth!

Our beautiful planet; Planet Earth, is about 4, 6 billion years old. During this time our planet have undergone incredible changes and for about 3, 9 billion years ago science believes that the first very primitive life occurred. Since then, many different species have had there greatness times and periods; e.g. sea animals, reptiles and dinosaurs.

And for about 2 million years ago human like creatures of the genus Homo spread around the world. Homo Sapiens, our own species, developed for about 200 000 years ago.

Consider this tiny short time of humans compared to Earth´s lifetime. And then take a moment to think about; which of us is there for the other? Are we here for the Earth or is the Earth here for the human? The answer is of course none of it! Man is a very small phase in the evolution of life. The Earth would managed very well without us, or probably better!

And how do we relate to this? With reverence and humility? With pride, joy and also sadness? Yes, we probably feel all of it most of the time, but how do we behave?

What is important for man?

Well, we live our life's for a very short time, and give ourselves a very important role. Everything we do and all we want is the most important, no matter the cost! But most of us don´t know why or where we are going or for what reason!

Most of the time we seem to bother about unimportant things; to be the best, to impress the neighbours with status symbols, wear expensive clothes, look good and so on. And at the same time we are judgemental of others, short-minded, and we put a lot of effort to be right on various issues, especially in matters of religion! When it comes to religion, man can debate endlessly and even go so far as to kill people who think different!

But money! Money is probably the most important for man. Money seems to be what life for man is all about.

To collect material things and money is based in man´s struggle to survive, which is natural and very important. But we seem to have become totally speed blind in the pursuit. There seems to be no limit to man´s desire for happiness and success. And many of us has long time ago passed the line when we should feel that we probably will survive. We have roof over our head and food on the table. But yet we continue the hunt, we want higher up, better and more. No matter how successful we are or how much money we collect, we don´t seem to be satisfied and happy, instead we run even faster in the wheel of life. And that should perhaps be okay, unless we at the same time also sawed off the branch we sit on. But that is exactly what we do!

And it has now come to a point where many people think that it doesn’t matter; we can’t do anything about it now, too much damage has been done already, and therefore chooses to ignore pollution and global warming. Others think that it is just nonsense and something science and politicians have made up. And some people just feel powerless.

During the last few decades humans has begun to wake up and at least talk about that something should be done.

Large meetings are held, with important men and woman who talks about how we are going to "save" the planet Earth. But the meetings does not result in much action, because we worry more about how economy will be affected by different measures, than how the planet Earth is doing.

How can this help us when we live our life?

Compare this futile pursuit for money and happiness with our planet Earth that spins at a leisurely pace in the big black universe.

The magma in the Earth´s interior continuously moves, plate tectonic movement, which means that new crust is formed and destroyed with a few centimetres each year, the Earth's atmosphere, which ensures that the temperature is the right for us to live in, high pressure and low pressure generates winds and weather, ocean circulation generates currents and transports heat and humidity. All this is going on without our involvement and exist in a sensitive equilibrium.

Don't get me wrong, I think man is exceptional, amazing, beautiful, brilliant, good and bad, and most of all intelligent and capable of doing wonder. But I wish that we now and then considered our part in the great context and look upon our part as it really is. I think it would help us to live our lives in a better way and use our intelligence in a more dignified way.

Remember: Humans do not make the Earth spinning! We just follow our beautiful planet for a short time. A human life is an insignificant short time and the lifetime of the human species is very small compare to the Earth's lifetime.


The pale blue dot by Carl Sagan

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epigramman 6 years ago

...and yet I may have to behave that your hubs are the greatest - and this one in particular is infinitely playing a large part in my small mind which now expands .....


Wife Who Saves 6 years ago

You've done a good job of bringing human life into perspective with all other life. Now if we can only get large corporations to adopt an environmentally responsible lifestyle. Voted up and awesome.


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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi, epigramman, I am greatful that I have been able to convey my great love for the Earth and to life! That was my purpose, and that perhaps someone else can feel the same way! Thanks for stopping by!


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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Wife Who Saves, Very true, that is necessery if there ever going to be big changes! In the meantime, one can do small tings! Thanks for your nice comment!


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gg.zaino 6 years ago from L'America

Your love for the "All" shines through 'thoughtforce' I enjoyed your writing very much. You are so correct in that Man is part of the larger picture.

If only more thought as we, the enlightened, sentient organisms of spaceship earth.

Peace my friend ~ greg Z


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thougtforce 6 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi greg Z, Nice to meet you, and thanks for your friendly comment. It is just to keep on informing those who are receptive! And eventually ...


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Excellent hub with so many intelligent points. Thanks for such a good read. We really should be more humble that we are human beings.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi toknowinfo, thanks for your very kind words! And yes, we should be more humble and take better care of our planet. There is so much more we can do! I am glad you liked this!


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gg.zaino 5 years ago from L'America

God morgon Tina- Thank you for a great article.

This endless pursuit of happiness through things and money has been the downfall of Humankind from the beginning.

There is never enough- our species is greedy. Worldwide Religions for the most part- not all- causes people to adopt extreme opposing positions and fosters hate, prejudice and bigotry.

you are so correct, Money- money- money! wealth is the God the planet seeks, yet the true wealth many take for granted is what we walk on- swim in- take nourishment from... our wonderful blue marble; the planet earth.

I'm happy i came by Tina- thank you for a thought provoking Write.

Fred min vän ~ greg


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Greg, I am glad you share my love and respect for our great planet. In the end, our planet is all that counts, and no money can make up for what we humans do to this planet. We can’t stop our progress since we constantly want to move forward, but sometimes I wonder if we really move forward! We seem to have forgotten the most important and only chase after money and power.

Thanks for your words that add value to this hub!

Ta hand om dig, min vän! Tina


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Fabulous hub Tina - loved the videos, particularly the pictures of the spiral galaxy. You are right about our tendency to over-exaggerate our own importance in the grand scheme of things, and it is good to be reminded that we are but small specks (it actually makes my head hurt to think about the size of the universe).

Voted up etc.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm going to link this to mine Tina; this is so very well written. Bravo!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, this was an amazing hub, I am one of those people who do 'look up' I was brought up with a great interest in Astronomy, mainly because of my brother who had a huge telescope, and even from the earliest time of looking at the stars he used to tell me that there were billions of stars out there, and I still love it now, we should all learn to look up and see the universe and galaxies for what they are, and as it stated in the first video, 3,000 galaxys in the first hubble experiment, and over 10,000 in the second look, we must definitely not be alone in the Universe, that is so humbling, amazing, thanks, voted up! nell


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

This is an awesome hub, Tina! I enjoyed every word and agree wholeheartedly with you. Excellent videos!

Oh, you and I are boots and all on the same page.

Hugs from South Africa :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Tina, a very interesting hub. And you are so right, in the grand scheme of things we are a dot in the earth's history but we don't spend nearly enough time remembering that.

I went on a visit years ago to a nearby forest and at night we walked together and it was absolutely pitch black; I saw about eight falling stars and it was the most amazing sight. When I saw that, I realised that as an entity, I don't have too much significance, it was very humbling.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Judi, I am so glad to know that you liked this one! The vastness of Universe is almost impossible to understand but it always give me perspective of myself. Our Earth is so beautiful! Thanks for the comment Judi, and for the votes!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Billy, and thanks! I will link your hub to this one too, it is a great idea and they both have the same message! I am so glad to see you in my corner Billy and thanks for the encouraging comment!

Tina


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Tina, you are a kind and gentle heart and I'll always be in the corner of such a person. Have a wonderful Earth Day!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Nell! Yes it is humbling and amazing and my interest in astronomystarted early too. My father used to tell me all the names of the stars in the evenings and those moments were so special! The thought of life in Universe is really interesting and it would be so strange if it was only one planet with exact the right conditions for life. Thanks for this wonderful comment Nell, I am so glad you like this one!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Martie, and thanks for the awesome support! Our Earth is worth everything and I am very troubled over the way we treat our home. I send big hugs from Sweden back to you Martie:)

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Jools! No, when I think about the way we live and how our way of living affects Earth, it seems like we would benefit from getting a perspective on ourselves. To look at the stars in the night is awesome and I try to do it as often as I can too! Thanks for the wonderful comment, I appreciate your visit!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

I wish you the same Billy! Have a wonderful Earth day!

Tina


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

A thought provoking perspective of human beings. Human Beings are truly insignificant compared to Planet Earth.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Vellur! Yes we are and it is good to be reminded of that fact now and when since it is easy to forget about things that are always present and seem to work without we have to think about them. Thanks for the comment and for reading,

Tina


universalmagnitude 4 years ago

"Remember: Humans do not make the Earth spinning!" well said! There are two kind of people; ones who have contemplated on the same line of thought as the perspective you gave and ones who haven't


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

universalmagnitude, Yes, I know what you say and you are right. It is sad though, since we only borrow this planet from coming generations. If there is going to be anything left to pass on, we better put ourselves in the right perspective soon. Thanks for reading and for the thoughtful comment,

Tina


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

We are just dusts on this planet. Remember the song "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas?

"I close my eyes, only for a moment then the moment's gone...all my dreams, just before my eyes and curiosity..dust in the wind. All we are is dust in the wind."

So, let us be humble with our achievements. We don't own the Earth. It's made for us by the Higher Being (God Almighty, etc.).

We are just stewards that should protect and preserve its entities for the sake of the coming generation.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi travel_man1971. The song Dust in the wind is a beautiful song and so very true! The Earths magnificence always make me humble and we should think about the Earth more often. It is so easy to take it for granted. Thank you for reading and for the beautiful comment!

Tina

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