So, you really believe that a possible “Creator” of this enormous cosmos is obsessed with puny little human beings on a microscopic planet off to the side of one galaxy in a vast sea of universes? Note that the massive star in the image below, Antares – which so dwarfs OUR sun – is itself miniscule compared to the second largest known star, VV Cephei. Mind-blowing!
John Reardon comments:
There is a galaxy they’ve discovered that is EIGHT HUNDRED MILLION LIGHT YEARS across! It is just one of an estimated ONE HUNDRED BILLION galaxies in the universe. Now, how’s that for feeling small?
The fact is that we are completely irrelevant in the bigger scheme of things. That means all of our holy books and other religious artifacts could disappear tomorrow, and the rest of the cosmos wouldn’t feel the loss in the least.
Note to religious fanatics: Stop taking yourselves so seriously. You are a pitiful joke in the larger scheme of things. No god is concerned about whether or not you pray five times a day with your arses in the air, say the rosary a million times a day, or wear a funny hat or skullcap and so on. These are all simply trappings of your ego, not something the creator of such a vast cosmos could possibly care about in the least.
Above clockwise from left: 1. Scale of planets in the solar system (including Pluto), with Jupiter and Saturn dwarfing the others. 2. Our sun, “Sol,” with Jupiter itself made miniscule. 3. Jupiter and Sol, followed by Sirius, Pollux and the massive Arcturus, which makes ou solar system look puny. 4. Finally, Arcturus itself (bottom row, third from the left) is dwarfed by Rigel, Aldebaran, Betelgeus and Antares.
Whenever life gets you down, Mrs.Brown
And things seem hard or tough
And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft
And you feel that you’ve had quite enough
Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour
That’s orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it’s reckoned
A sun that is the source of all our power
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour
Of the galaxy we call the ‘milky way’
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars
It’s a hundred thousand light years side to side
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick
But out by us, it’s just three thousand light years wide
We’re thirty thousand light years from galactic central point
We go ’round every two hundred million years
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, the speed of light, you know
Twelve million miles a minute and that’s the fastest speed there is
So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space
‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth
Here’s another version relevant to the discussion of religious head coverings.