Saturday, November 16, 2013

Response: Tiny People, Big World

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life - Galaxy Song

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving

And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'.
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
It's a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide.
We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
We go 'round every two hundred million years,
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe.

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth. 

Why this response?
Well, I feel like this response is self-explanatory... BUT I will explain myself anyway. Joshua and I watched The Meaning of Life for the first time with Macky-J a few weeks ago. I loved it (although Mack tells me I took it too seriously). 

The Galaxy Song is about how tiny and insignificant our lives are in this unfathomably expansive universe. If I can't even find myself in Macky-J's photograph, imagine how invisible I am in the universe. I know my body is made of atoms, but I can't see them or even fathom their lives and existence; I wonder if that's how the universe feels about us?

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