Our Place in the Universe - old man talking

Time got the best of me this week and there simply wasn’t enough time to complete my thoughts on the topic I had chosen for this post. Fortunately, there are alternatives.

From the beginning of time, humans have questioned why we are here, what is our purpose. Religions were created in an attempt to explain what was, to primitive humans, unexplainable and unimaginable. Mythologies grew, coming and going with various amounts of popularity, but it has only been in the past 400 years, a relatively short amount of time in the greater expanse of time, that we have begun to genuinely understand what our place is in the universe.

Why is this important? Because we are in need of something to give us some guidance, provide some form of compass, as to what we are supposed to do, how we are supposed to behave. When we botch the answer to this question, people inevitably get hurt. Racism, sexism, homophobia, bigotry, and xenophobia are all the ultimate result of our failure to understand what our place is in this world.

Where I am short on words, however, people much smarter and with much more experience than me fill in the canyon-sized gap in understanding. The following video, narrated by the voice of god (assuming we’re all familiar with the film Bruve Almighty), not only says everything I would want to say, but they do so in a way that is a lot more palatable than the 12,000 words it would have taken me to not even get close to saying the same thing.

My hope is that this video spurs a deeper level of thought. Perhaps there are some facts regarding the universe one has heard before but don’t be detered. The universe is a big place, after all, and this is a gigantic topic that has plagued philosophers for centuries.

No, the video isn’t short, but the topic is worth the time and you would have spent that much time reading my entire scrim anyway. Enjoy.

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