We live in a vast universe
The universe is astoundingly vast. Our solar system is one of hundreds of billions in the Milky Way, and there are hundreds of billions of other galaxies in the universe. For some, like Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, this invokes a sense of awe, wonder and appreciation. For others, the vastness of our universe can provoke unsettling feelings of smallness or insignificance.
Feeling insignificant in the universe
Thanks to science, we know we are not at the center of the universe, and that our lifespans are very short compared to the expansive space and time of the universe. But this doesn’t have to be a frightening or discouraging consideration.
Finding meaning in the vast universe
As Dr. Wiseman describes in this video, it is an incredible opportunity to be a part of a species that can observe and make discoveries about the context of our lives within the universe. Dr. Wiseman finds joy in the investigation of the mysteries around us, and considers it a privilege to be able to look for meaning in our lives, and to share the joy of discovery with others.
When viewing our place in the universe with a lens of gratitude, we don’t seem very insignificant at all — being an active participant in this wonderful universe gives our small lives a very significant purpose.