This is the furthest you have ever seen into the universe! And still we’re only barely scratching at the surface. It’s amazing the perspective this picture offers on our little lives. We as people live among the 7 billion other folks that are toiling for existence on this planet. 7 Billion people all experiencing the same things. The same fears and insecurities, the same bills, the same work and the same loves. Since my issues don’t affect you, they really can’t be that important compared to the big picture. Thankfully this is the biggest panoramic picture ever captured and it has way more perspective to offer.
I suppose that with all this I’m just appreciating the vastness of space while trying to gain some perspective on how honestly insignificant my own issues are; as traumatic as they might be at times to me. With this broader perspective it’s easy to see that if I worry, it should be about the issues that affect us all. The big ones like poverty, hunger, bigotry and the like. As people we are figuratively no more special than a blood cell. Fortunately we have developed the intelligence that allows us to choose to rise above our own little existence, to see and affect the bigger picture.
- Revealing the Universe: the Hubble Extreme Deep Field (blogs.discovermagazine.com)