almost zero

A star, nearly the size of our entire solar system exploded recently. It was close to the center of the Milky Way, our galaxy, and the amount of energy released in that instant—when the structure of the star could not support its own enormous mass—is almost inexpressible. Imagine the destructive power seen at Hiroshima or Nagasaki and multiply that by a billion, billion times. Then multiply it by a trillion more…and again. It is estimated that perhaps a million planets were instantly vaporized when that star went supernova. Planets like ours, maybe inhabited with billions and trillions of living things. Poof.


What? You didn’t notice? An event, so destructive and so unimaginatively huge and powerful happens relatively close by and no one notices it’s passing? An event that destroyed the very reality of all the living creatures within a million light-years flashes into brilliance and then is silently gone and apparently it’s not enough to grab your or anyone else’s attention. Simply…an event catastrophically immense and vitally important to every being around it and no one cared to even look.

Think about that the next time you feel ignored by a friend, by your work or by society itself.

As much as we believe within our minds that what we think and feel is immense and vitally important to every being around us, we are really nothing more than a few insignificant atoms and shreds of vitality lost immediately amongst trillions and trillions. Our tiny bits of mass and energy combined with the 7 billion other tiny bits of mass and energy on this planet are close to being nothing compared to the universe around us.

Almost zero.

Yet, within our imaginations we are all of us individually greater than the size and content of the universe…because the universe (and all that it is) can fit inside a single thought in our minds…

…and that cannot be ignored.

Believe. Go. Do.


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