234 – Perspective …

The following, current facts, help me get a sense of perspective on the significance of my presence in, and interrelatedness with the world in which I exist:

The 1.5 centimeter-long pro-biotic capsule I take every day to assist digestion, contains two billion cells – Imagine! two billion cells packed in a little capsule. And so it is no wonder that there are some 37 trillion cells in an average human body,[1] each cell containing some 42 million molecules. This is the world inside of me; this is what I am made out of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NASA picture below shows the location of Voyager 1 and 2 after 42 years of travel since their deployment in 1977 (click on the picture to expand). The picture also shows the oval shape of our solar system as it travels through space in one of the arms of the Milky Way.[2] This is the world from which humankind emerged into existence.

 

 

 

 

The image below, captured by the Infrared Astronomy Satellite, shows the oval shape of the Milky Way – the collection of as much as a trillion stars embedded in the Virgo Cluster, which is the collection of about 1200-2000 galaxies embedded in the Virgo Supercluster, which is one of millions of superclusters embedded across the Universe. This is the world from which our Solar System emerged into existence.

 

 

 

 

I exist in the midst of all these worlds, a part of a Continuum of systems within systems that seems infinite in all directions: I cannot fathom its beginning, nor its end, nor the extent of its immensity, nor of its minuteness. But I do fathom, not just within me but all around me, a willful continuity that links every part together with a degree of freedom to ride the moving, transforming, self-determined Continuum, either quietly – without intrusion, without making waves – or shaking it up with such a force that it transforms it, like when the Earth became Life’s’ playground; or when Life becomes conscious of itself … and decides; or when we realize that we are a part of an ancient and expanding Continuum, and that as its past is living in us, so we may live in its future … but measured by the force of our significance.

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[1] The picture of a cell is from the International Human Cell Atlas Initiative

[2] Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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