Be humble for you are made of earth; be noble for you are made of stars.
— Serbian proverb
Have you ever looked up at a clear night sky and felt the incredible significance of the sight before you? Stretching on to infinity is vast space, filled with other planets, asteroids, burning suns, spinning galaxies, supernovas, neutron stars, black holes.. and so much more that we may never see, even with the most powerful of telescopes. It is enormous, it is dynamic, and it is beautiful. And there you are, this tiny speck on the surface of just one little planet, in just one solar system on the arm of just one galaxy, gazing up at it all, trying to comprehend it. You feel on the brink of epiphany, yet somehow the reality of it all is just too big to quite fit inside your head. Every atom in your body has come from out there, somewhere. Everything you are made from once came exploding out of a supernova, maybe several supernovae, millions and billions of light-years from where you're standing right now. You are stardust: and billions of years of tinkering evolution by natural selection has shaped that into who you are. Despite the total feeling of insignificance that comprehending the universe gives you, it also makes you one of the most special and important things ever to exist.
Our story is the story of the universe. Every piece of everyone, of everything you love and everything you hate, of the thing you hold most precious, was assembled by the forces of nature, transformed in the hearts of the stars or created in their fiery deaths. And when you die, those pieces will be returned to the universe in the endless cycle of death and rebirth. What a wonderful thing it is to be a part of that universe. What a story, what a majestic story.
— Professor Brian Cox
When you are having a bad day, think about just how incredible it is that you are alive. No matter your struggle, big or small, it helps you appreciate yourself just that much more. ♥
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Definitely. Say, what do you think happens after we die? I think our consciousness ceases to exist altogether (so we won't actually be aware we're dead) but our atoms return to space where all the other ones are. It's a nice thought...
I basically agree! c: When the life force's gone all our atoms are left to entropy and disperse to eventually become other things, in the endless cycle of death and rebirth.. I think it's a nice thought too, it makes us very much a part of the ever-changing universe, borrowing our atoms then returning them after a lifetime of adventure ♥
It just goes to show that this is the only life we get so we must live it well before the universe needs our atoms again and thus we become stardust in the universe. I for one don't mind our consciousness ceasing to exist because it's like a well deserved permanent rest from our life, hence the whole "R.I.P" thing. hehe
Artsi-GirlyFeatured By OwnerSep 20, 2014Student Traditional Artist
Sometimws if I think alot I think about how I got here and how humans er where they came from then I think well if we knew whereverything else came from then where did we come from were we just fallen stars from the night sky?
I find this to be beautiful. I used to believe in a philosophy based on the universe (I feel like I still do) and I believed that the universe created and controls itself and everything in it, rather than a god. My belief made me feel at peace and made me feel comfortable and sure about everything, but due to recent situations, I feel like I've had to abandon that belief.
Sure! I was just referring to how people who don't believe in a divine creator can also be in awe of the universe.
For instance, I don't believe in any creator or gods - I think the existence of the universe can be explained by natural laws, which we're always getting closer to understanding. Even though I don't believe the universe was created by a deity, I still have the utmost appreciation for it, and it inspires huge awe in me when I think about all the processes that have happened to form everything that exists. Sometimes I think that being familiar with those processes can lead to a better appreciation of what's around us - I personally find it more satisfying than believing a creator made everything the way it is, but that is what feels right to you and I completely respect that. c:
Silent-LullabiesFeatured By OwnerMar 7, 2014Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I seriousaly love your stamps! I love going outside at night and looking at a clear starry sky! Back in the summer, the power went out one time where I live, and my friend and I basically just sat outside looking for shooting stars and tried to find constellations for 3 hours xD (at 2 am). It's rare to see such an amazing sight for me, I live in the city and you can barely see the stars due to the lights :/ I would love to get a telescope and be able to look at the planets and what not, that would honestly be so amazing!!
Thanks so much! And I am the same, I could gaze at the night sky for hours on end ♥ Even better when it's with somebody else, and you can let your imaginations run wild with all the possibilities out there~ Imagine what we could see if there was no light pollution! It would be a dream to go to Hawaii where you can see the Milky Way so clearly. I hope you do get a telescope someday, I want one too!