There’s a place for you in this universe
Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012 13:04
Just the other day, someone asked me an age-old question that is likely the most popular inquiry of our time. This question has plagued the world since the beginning of our existence and will likely continue to be asked here on earth until we as a race cease to exist. The question was this: “What is the meaning of life?”
I’ll admit, my first instinct was to say something cliché and cheesy like “to love” or “to laugh,” but then a YouTube video I watched a few weeks ago popped into my head. Therefore, I grabbed my laptop, pulled up the video and let technology answer for me.
Watching the video for a second time made me further realize just how true its central message really is, and I believe that message is worth sharing with you. Right now I need you to stop reading this article, go to YouTube, search “The Most Astounding Fact” and watch the video to experience it for yourself!
I’m serious. Go. Right now.
Did you watch it? Did you add it to your favorites? Good; now I can rave about it. I don’t know what it is about that video, but something about it just makes me feel so inspired and motivated. I’m sure I have astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and his “most astounding fact” to thank for that.
This fact, though a bit scientific and over my head at first, ends up being so insightful when it comes to human nature and the human condition. I mean, how true yet simple of a statement it is that people in this world just want to feel connected and relevant.
There really is no better feeling when you think about it. At the end of the day, that’s all we really want. It’s also insanely fascinating to think that not only are we all connected to each other as a species, but to the entire universe as well. The atoms that our bodies and our earth are made of are the same atoms that the entire universe is made up of! That’s one heck of a connection and something to remember when we’re feeling small or insignificant, if you ask me.
So the next time you’re feeling low and unimportant, or when you get into one of those funks in which you’re feeling so down about yourself that you question your value in this world, remember that video is sitting in your favorites on YouTube.
Watching it again will be like pressing your refresh button. For me, it’s the perfect pick-me-up to remind myself that even though I’m only one person on one planet in one galaxy, I’m still significant because I am a part of the universe and most importantly, it is a part of me.
Ethan is a junior majoring in English education.