Think Heliocentric

Alex Akagi
Dec 25, 2017 · 1 min read

I’ve started thinking heliocentric.

That doesn’t actually mean anything, but I guess what I mean by that is we should zoom out and question what we believe in today.

Today is just another data-point in history.

Back in the 1500s, people thought that humanity roughly knew how things worked. Think about how little they knew relative to what we know today…

Copernicus was like “Guys the Earth goes around the Sun!” and no one really got it.

What makes this point in history so different from then?

So if we haven’t figured it all out, then what are we missing?

We’re sitting on our tiny pale blue dot spaceship, in an inconceivably massive playground that’s so big that we can’t even look at it all because the rules of the playground say that light travels too slowly to see everything.

I think it would be fun for us to master our universe instead of getting all worked up about clickbait Facebook posts.

We’re all on the same team and the universe is on our side.

Let’s take a minute and focus on the bigger picture.

I think we can use science to master the universe, and have a great time while we’re at it.

It won’t be easy, but I think it’s possible.

I guess that’s what I mean by “think heliocentric”.

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