“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” – Neil Armstrong
The scale of things fascinates me. It is incredibly difficult for our brains to contemplate the large size of universe – or the tiny subatomic particles studied by quantum physicists. And yet here we stand as humans – conveniently located somewhere in the middle between tiny and massive.
The quote above encapsulates my favourite result of our accomplishments in astronomy – that it helps me put my own troubles and challenges into perspective.
I’m personally of the mindset that the universe has done its part to bring us into this life, and now it’s up to us to pay back the universe for that gift. Each day is another opportunity to do that in any number of ways – through charity, teaching, helping others succeed, or just exuding positivity into the world around us.
On Tuesday, June 4 we will have our annual Pot Luck dinner, along with a presentation on astronomy by Bro Fernando Bernardo. We hope you can join us.
W. Bro. Christopher Hebert WM