Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Matter of Scale

When two galaxies collide, each containing billions of stars, there's essentially a zero probability of any two stars colliding with each other. This is due to the vast distance between stars. I find this fascinating.
Our perspective is always a matter of scale and is a product of our particular reference frames.  From a distance of millions of light years away, a galaxy looks well organized and compact, but from within the galaxy, it's a wilderness of empty space.  From the air, the ground may look green and pastoral, but on the ground, it may actually be hard scrabble and full of weeds. 
Differing perspectives are not wrong, they're just existing on different planes with different scales.  This doesn't mean that there aren't absolutes, there are; however, we need to not be so arrogant with our points of view because they're generally just small perspectives within a very large universe of ideas.