Since the beginning of this year, we’ve all been so preoccupied with anxiety and fear of COVID-19 and how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from this deadly virus. It’s very understandable given that more than one million people around the world have lost their lives. However, one thing we can all learn from this pandemic is that it shows how frail we are as human beings.
With all our technological advancements, the ongoing pandemic is a reminder that we are not in control as we were led to believe. In fact, we’re very tiny compared to the rest of the universe. Since the dawn of technology, it has failed to rescue us from the sorrow, calamities, disasters, war, hatred, and other injustices we faced in the world today.
Learning more about our universe may help us to see our existence in a new light and also gives us new perspectives on how we view the ongoing current coronavirus pandemic and the value of life. Even as scientists explore other potentially habitable exoplanets and the distant planets that could support life, Earth is still the only known planet that supports human life.
For centuries, space and the universe have baffled and mystified even the most intelligent of scientists. Now, with the advent of new space technologies like the Hubble Space Telescope, we’re beginning to even learn more about other planets and galaxies that are billions of light-years away from our tiny planet. Even after exploring other solar systems, scientists have found no other intelligent life. Earth is the only special and unique planet known to man.
Like no other planets, Earth is the only planet that is covered with green vegetation, massive blue-green oceans containing thousands of islands, thousands of streams and rivers, continents, mountains, ice caps, and deserts. So, looking at our lives relative to the rest of the observable universe helps us to cultivate a sense of wonder and how privilege we to be on this planet.
As we gaze our eyes to the sky and gain greater perspectives about our existence, we will start to realize there that there is more to life than just the daily hustle and bustle, and mundane and transient events, and even coronavirus pandemic. Just like other pandemics in history, we will one day see the light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully look back at this time and look at the world differently. Reflecting on the big picture and seeing the forest from the trees, will help us to appreciate our time on Earth.
That being said, below is a video of the top 10 mind-blowing facts about the universe that will give you a better appreciation for life, be thankful, and also let you see the ongoing coronavirus pandemic from a different lens.
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