Stars show us the way

The universe is a humbling place.

You probably noticed I like stars. Stars are on rich.rich’s header. Stars are on rich.rich’s About page.

When I was a kid, whenever I looked up into a rare clear night sky in Tacoma, Washington, I was fascinated and felt overwhelmed by the scenery. With so many stars in the vastness of space, how can we possibly be so serious and feel so self-important? We cannot.

For centuries, ancient scholars and navigators have looked upon the stars for direction. These stars, despite being common and numerous, are suns. The closer you look, the more impressive they are. In the modern world, many of us look upon other bright and shiny things. However, when you look closer, some of them aren’t all that impressive.

Stars teach us a lesson in humbleness. We are one of many. Countless many. Stars also teach us a lesson in how temporary we all are. If even suns can fade away, how much quicker can humans fade away?

It is foolish to think our big houses, nice cars, and other expensive properties make us better. They do not. It’s an illusion. They are all merely leased for the time being until they break, rust away, or be handed to others younger when we die. After a couple of generations, we are forgotten. Images and videos may exist but who we are as a whole would not be remembered by anyone living.

Therefore, it’s probably a good idea to look upon each other in a more appreciative light. While we are here, which isn’t for very long — just a 0.0000007% sliver on a wide 13.8 billion year time spectrum — we might want to take care of one another better. And while we are flung through the universe at 67,000 miles per hour, it seems appropriate we hang on to each other as well. This is certainly not a good time to be fighting and complaining about trivial things.