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Posted on December 11, 2009

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“Each of us creates a picture of our world by connecting a dozen or so of the trillions of dots that would need to be connected to make a ‘true’ portrait of the universe.” — Sam Keen


Check out this video on Buzzfeed: https://thescene.com/watch/buzzfeed/209-seconds-that-will-make-you-question-your-entire-existence

People that have the answers may not be facing reality in their own lives. Having the answers allows us to turn away from ourselves and others, put on the façade of certainty, and walk away. Certainty is a comfortable thing; sort of a god to many people. But considering the puniness of the human mind, the sliver of human knowledge, the tiny grains of wisdom, our answers are dust in the wind. Considering the vastness of the universe, the billions of galaxies, the infinity of God, the eternity of time, the complexity of our puny minds . . . and we think we know? We think we have the answers? We are quick to speak and slow to listen (slow to learn). And we think we know? Not only know, but know for sure???

“As of 10 December 2009, the Earth’s population is estimated by the United States Census Bureau to be 6,802,000,000.” That means that for every situation, event, action, or idea there are at least 6.8 billion different perspectives concerning it. No two people see anything exactly the same . . . by design. Since there are 6.8 billion people in this world, this means that one human being has .0000000147% of the brain power in this world . . . a world that is less than a grain of sand on the beach of our galaxy.

And consider this: “There are probably more than 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe.” (Wikipedia)

“Typical galaxies range from dwarfs with as few as ten million stars up to giants with one trillion.” (Wikipedia)

“The stellar disk of the Milky Way Galaxy is approximately 100,000 light-years in diameter, and is considered to be, on average, about 1,000 light-years thick. (One light-year equals 5,878,630,000,000 miles) It is estimated to contain at least 200 billion stars and possibly up to 400 billion stars, the exact figure depending on the number of very low-mass stars, which is highly uncertain. This can be compared to the one trillion stars of the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy.” (Wikipedia)

And we think we know? And know for sure??? Who do we think we are? All smart and brilliant . . .

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble; it’s what you know for sure that ain’t so.” – Mark Twain

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell

“There is more faith in honest doubt than in all your Creeds” – A. L. Tennyson

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