Not long ago two tweets arrived almost consecutively that embraced the magnitude of our human lives within a tiny fragment of the vast universe.
On the one hand the 6.5 minute video embedded below explores the enormous, and little understood, dimensions of the entire universe.
On the other hand:
Following a massive 8.3 magnitude earthquake near Samoa a tsunami has hit areas of Samoa and is predicted to hit other South Pacific nations including New Zealand.
In the whole universe our Galaxy, our Solar System, our planet, and Samoa rank as less than microscopic dots, less than specks of dust in the vastness.
We are as nothing.
And yet, we are everything.
Our friends and neighbours whole lives have been turned upside down with this earthquake. Many have died; many have had their lives and livelihoods destroyed.
The universe endures. This is not the first devastating natural disaster the world has witnessed, and it won’t be the last.
The universe may be so huge we cannot comprehend its size; yet at this moment on this tiny spot its vastness is unimportant and the speck of dust is all.