Mother Nature don’t care

A really cool picture from 2009 resurfaced on Reddit today.

Image credit: NASA/ISS/Expedition 20 Crew, Scientific American

Pictures such as this one remind me of two things:

1. The world – nay, the entire universe – doesn’t care a wit for our species. It doesn’t owe us happiness or security or meaning. It just is, and we owe it respect in that regard.

2. In its infinite hostility, the world provides us daily with beauty that surpasses our imaginations. Science sheds light on that beauty. Knowledge isn’t just power; knowledge is elegance.

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