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.
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!
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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