Monday, January 11, 2010

What most people call a "God moment," I think I just had one. But nothing to do with God.

I'll preface this by saying this all came about because of a video I saw online. I won't lie, I felt overwhelmed and did get a little choked up. I'll post the video at the end of my writing here.

It's amazing how completely random the universe is. Think of how big the universe is. Now think of how big a galaxy is within the universe. It's a tiny speck. Now think of a solar system within a galaxy. Another speck. A planet in the solar system. Speck. And now picture yourself, standing on this planet amidst all of the rest of the universe. Compared to the rest of the universe, we're all just tiny little specks on our speck of a planet moving through our speck galaxy as part of this gigantic universe. Do any of us realize how lucky we are to be here? Out of every possible reaction that could happen in this universe, the two cells that initially combined to form you is completely improbable. Now think of your situation, your conception, and think of it in terms of every living thing on this planet. The trillions of cells each which is composed of trillions of molecules all happened because of two cells combining. But it gets even crazier. Now think of the completely random chance of whatever two cells combined to make the first living thing. Or whatever molecules started combining themselves to form our planet. Or our galaxy. Or our universe. All these little random atomic reactions happening all around us to become everything we know. I find that completely incredible. We all are essentially the byproduct of billions upon billions of years of random cosmic explosions. It makes one feel very insignificant, but also very fortunate that out of all the infinite possibilities of random natural occurrences, you're here. You exist. So at least you have that to feel great about.

Now before people start throwing God at me, I'll tell you now, I don't believe in God. Or Gods. Or Goddesses. I believe in facts. So as I stated in my title, this is by no means a God moment. Consider it more of a small scientific enlightenment. Here is the link to the video. It's a little silly because it's a song, but it definitely opens your eyes to everything out there in our gigantic universe.

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