The Grandeur .... The Mystery .... The Lesson Learned
All through history humans have gazed in awe at the starry heavens and wondered .
And though now we have the technology that give us a better understanding of the universe , the understanding is still limited at best .
As I began to read about it , one thing seemed apparent , that the more we learn about the cosmos , the scantier our knowledge appears .
I was in awe as I read about the red giants, supernovas, black holes and quasars . What fantastic mysteries to be studied and examined ... a frontier that has yet to be fully discoverd or fully understood .
When I go out now at night and lay there star gazing I have a new appreciation for what I see , and the stars I see are even that much more beautiful to me
But if it is one lesson I learned , one lesson that cannot be taught in the books I have poured over, it is the simple truth of how small I am in this great big picture.
How tiny my little life and the problems that go with it seem in comparison to this enormous galaxy ... and in turn how quick my own lifetime seems compared to the time that those stars have been shining down ...
It makes me appreciate the time I have here on this earth a little more , makes me want to accomplish more with it ... and makes the obstacles , that at one time seemed insurmountable ... smaller and less significant .
Most of our energy goes into upholding our importance. If we were capable of losing some of that importance, two extraordinary things would happen to us. One, we would free our energy from trying to maintain the illusory idea of our grandeur; and two, we would provide ourselves with enough energy to catch a glimpse of the actual grandeur of the universe."
~ Carlos Castaneda