Sometimes, a little lesson in humility can be a good thing

A sense of perspective — an ability to step outside ourselves and our daily preoccupations and see things on a larger scale — can be a powerful thing. It can help us understand what is important and, more crucially, what is not important. It can serve as a source of humility, balance and patience, virtues greatly undervalued in modern life.

So before we kick off the week, here are a couple of perspectives from sources that were created by human hands yet are far removed from human toil and trouble. First, a look homeward from astronaut Reid Wiseman, who recently returned to Earth after a four-month tour aboard the International Space Station:

BrAP34jCMAAAXuJ-1And next, a look outward from the Hubble Space Telescope. The view below is of the NGC 7793 galaxy, a relatively nearby galaxy located in the constellation Sculptor, visible only from Earth’s southern hemisphere. According to NASA, the pink dots represent “star nurseries” where new stars are constantly being formed.

Jets and explosions in NGC 7793We shall resume our petty arguments and disputations shortly.

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FloydLiberal
FloydLiberal

When you consider that all light and matter - galaxies, black holes - are only 5% of the multiverse. Black energy and black matter which we have no clue about make up the other 95%. We really are insignificant.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

This is my standard view of things. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Strangely, nothing up yet at Foxnews.com about net neutrality.


A search/skim of their existing stories on the topic would indicate they're not thrilled about it, but not necessarily ready to die on that hill. 



fedup52
fedup52

Watched interstellar over the weekend.  It isn't as good as 2001 space odyssey.  It was pretty good.  Makes you humble looking at space and seeing how insignificant we are yet intelligent enough to explore it.

gotalife
gotalife

The worst part of the election was the record breaking low turnout.


When people give up on governments and media,, bad things happen.


The President gave them hope for change to stop the riots after the bush depression.


Now, there are no pols that can stop them.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@gotalife There were riots under Bush?  Who knew?

moonbat_betty
moonbat_betty

I love this new format!  

The AJC brought their A-Game with this one.

It pops.

It has synergy.

They put lipstick on a pig.

It has legs and can go really far.

They raised the bar, thought outside the box and pushed the envelope.

They casted a wider net.


Now lets run it up the flagpole and see who salutes!


gotalife
gotalife

The President is in China pushing for a free trade deal for your corporate power.


Is that a conspiracy too.

gotalife
gotalife

No more arrests in NYCity for small amounts of weed.


Thank you Mayor.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

Net Neutrality = democrats wanting ALL news articles and reports in their favor.  After all, MSNBC just isn't enough......

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@ElemennoP


This really shouldn't be a partisan thing.


I have to wonder what's really motivating you to post this kind of silliness. Work for an ISP perhaps? Or depend upon their unfettered ability to monopolize and screw their customers, in some less-direct way?

Those'd be my guesses.

Or else you're just a sheep doing what you're told.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@stands_for_decibels Perhaps a sales agent for "Stacker" or "Lipozene" or one of  those other guaranteed-to-make-you-lose-weight-oh-no-it's-not-because-our-fingers-were-crossed diet "supplements."


gotalife
gotalife

Did you expect no drama Obama to freak out because the dems lost?


I say take as many vacations, executive actions and pardons as other Presidents.


Take it easy the last two years and enjoy your time left in office and finish the job .

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Read the Pope's 10 list of things for happy life.  He sounds like an Asian monk in this interview, I must say. 

Though I am Catholic too, I find his number 9 and 10 immediately contradictory.  In 9, he says, "don't prosyletize" and by the next point he is saying we should shout for peace. 

I'm confused Holy Father.  What do you say we should do here?  If Muslims want jihad, you not going to preach to them? 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Tuna Meowt @Yes_Jesus_Can


Fair enough, but YJC's question is fair as well.


I think the Holy Father is asking his flock to consider the very same things Jay's posted about with Item 10. Work for peace. Set an example. You won't need to proselytize if the goodness is self-evident to your audience, and if you do it right, it will be self-evident.

...maybe? Don't claim to know.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@Yes_Jesus_Can "I'm confused Holy Father.  What do you say we should do here?"


Pipe down, quit acting the fool and pray SILENTLY for guidance and wisdom.


It may or may not help you, but it would do the rest of us a world of good.

gotalife
gotalife

The President is consistent with net neutrality and will stay consistent on his positions on the issues.

gotalife
gotalife

I am not going to cry over a free blog but noticed some sites like my bank went to this format. With hacking a constant things will change to try to stop it.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Bamster speaking on the "freedom" of the internet, even as he misstates his electoral butt-kicking last week, and even as he visits China where the internet is a vehicle for propaganda, and where it is illlegal to say something bad about communists. 

Bamster wants to control it via "orders" and "legislation". 

RRRRRiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

This new website is the classic case of fixing something that wasn't broken.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@HeadleyLamar

Maybe it was broken, in the view of some.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

And, yes, there's our inner universe as well, Jay - our kingdom, if you will - for if we don't have something within us, it can't exist (for us at least) anywhere else.

And if we can't learn to move beyond what we find, on the path to what it all is together, we can't find that balance you're talking about we so desperately need in our politics today.

It's well known that in the us-and-them world of politicos that the spiritual world of both and neither seems unreal, which may be the foundational problem of this age and why we can't learn to move on.

And it's that “ability to step outside ourselves and our daily preoccupations and see things on a larger scale” we need more than ever, what the spiritual life would do for us on the path of transcending our inner opposites to become!

See, Jay? I told you, you knew this stuff better than anyone else I know, and how fortunate you can say it so much better than I, you know, without sounding quite so dang weird! :-)

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@TomMiddleton 

Sounds weird anyway Tom. 

Why don't you just walk down the street and start hugging lampposts? 

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@TomMiddleton 

When his disciples asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come, he answered, “No one will say lo here or lo there, for the kingdom of God is within you."

It's in the Bible, YJC, if you're interested in becoming a real believer.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@Yes_Jesus_Can @TomMiddleton 

From the gospel of Luke:

Lu 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

Lu 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

ElemennoP
ElemennoP

“Obama says FCC should reclassify internet as a utility”

And the next step towards suppressing free speech and further moving towards socialism has begun…..

gotalife
gotalife

Why complain over  a free blog.


You got what you paid for.

Perhaps we will join our President on his fight for net neutrality today.

Or not.

Your choice.

Freedom.



Wascatlady
Wascatlady

When I look at the heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars which Thou hath ordained...

LeninTime
LeninTime

Blog changes giving commenters much less space for comments, thus putting us in our place. A blog post on intergalactic space, putting humanity on earth in perspective. 

Is Jay Bookman trying to tell us something?

gotalife
gotalife

Our great President has done a great job and I could not be happier.


Why?Because he did not fail so America did not fail.


Not complicated and a very simple ideology.


Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@gotalife 

No goat. Your "ideology" is nothing more than a personality cult. 

Not complicated at all.