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It’s all relative

27 August, 2006

“In the visible world,
the Milky Way is a tiny fragment;
within this fragment,
the solar system is an infinitesimal speck,
and of the speck
our planet is a microscopic dot.

On this dot,
tiny lumps of impure carbon and water,
of complicated structure,
with somewhat unusual physical and chemical qualities,
crawl about for a few years,
until they are dissolved again into the elements of which they are compounded.”

Bertrand Russell ‘Sceptical Essays’

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