Every now and then, this picture of the universe shows up in my Facebook feed. The universe is a beautiful place, and I like the universe—it’s where I keep my stuff. Even so, I don’t like this particular picture of the universe.
Because someone has written stupid stuff on it. The picture warns me not to get too worked up about politics and religion and money and stuff because these things are insignificant compared with the rest of the universe.
Now this might not be bad advice, if someone were counseling me to keep my small problems in perspective. Did I miss that deadline for getting my syllabuses to the administration? Don’t worry; in the grand scheme of things it’s not a big deal. This picture, however, says something else.
This picture says that you and I don’t matter. We’re all such a small insignificant part of this vast…
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