It can be intimidating to consider the size, scale, and scope of the universe in space and time, and to compare it to the size and length of our everyday lives. It can make many of our daily concerns seem not merely small and trivial, but utterly irrelevant on the scale of all that happens. If we’re not careful, it can even drive us into nihilism, or something close to it. On a cosmic scale, nothing we do ever really matters or seems at first glance to have an impact. This can be daunting and disheartening.
While I think it’s not useful to go so far as to conclude that everything that happens to everyone is truly meaningless, I do think that taking a larger perspective—even a cosmic perspective—can be both illuminating and useful and might even make us approach life more rationally and more productively. Continue reading “A cosmic perspective in everyday life”