Mankind’s place in creation.
I think that everyone likes to think that they have some significance, that they mean something or contribute something, that their life has some meaning. At some stage in each life, I think that everyone contributes something to some degree.
For most of us individually our significance is probably within a relatively small circle of people, friends, our employe, maybe clubs we’re a member of. We contribute to the significance of those groups of which we are members, communities, charities, political parties for example.
For a few people, politicians, national and global business leadres, top sportsmen and women, they are individually hugely significant, perhaps too much so especially sportspeople and entertainers.
Often the degree of significance grows with the size of group perhaps even country, sometimes by population sometimes by wealth, But what is the significance of humanity?
We almost certainly overstate our global collective significance. Human arrogance perhaps? I think that the picture I’ve included with this post might be a reasonable illustration of humanity’s significance in the great scheme of things. Can you see the pale blue dot? That’s us, planet Earth.
The picture was taken at the edge of our solar system. The next nearest star to our own sun, Alpha Centauri, is 4.3 light years away. Our sun is roughly 8 light minutes away. Beyond Alpha Centauri are billions of other stars at even greater unimaginable distances. Is this the real measure of humanity’s significance?