The Blue Marble

I started my 30-day "creative block" of waking up at 6AM every morning (weekends included) to work on creative stuff. I might write, read, code or work on a side project. But I'll always try to write for at least 5 minutes.

Sometimes I wonder what exactly does it mean to live on Earth and this universe. Think about it. We live in the only habitable planet for our kind going around the Sun – a big, shinny, hot, and dangerous star – which beams rays of light and heat in order for us to breath and eat. Our planet rotates on its axis providing day and night to the majority of the human race, allowing us to sleep, recharge, and then wake up and do it all over again.

All these elements are connected in one never ending story. We wake up, do our chores, study or work during the day. Then comes the evening and we go to sleep. On the other side of Earth, people are doing the opposite thing at the same time. And so on.

Our blue marble

But we're stuck here (it's a beautiful place though). Our knowledge is limited to whatever we can reach, observe, and explore from the distance. Even though getting to space half a decade ago was a great achievement, our problems down here prohibited us from continued exploration since that moment. Visiting the Moon was a battle between countries and values, not necessarily a collective achievement between different humans. Yes, it did unite us and helped launch a new era of relationships, but it was really the fight between countries, not for the mere purpose of exploring the unknown, that we reached the Moon.

Our knowledge is limited to whatever we can reach, observe, and explore from the distance.

Are different opinions required in order to render new ideas that push us forward? Is that what it takes for humans to do better in this world?

A lot of successful people have come from challenging backgrounds. Perhaps there's a pattern where a tumultuous upbringing or problems builds up character. Perhaps, once that stress meets opportunity, it breeds success.

There are millions of other galaxies out there. Probably full of people like us, in planets similar to ours. But, how advanced are they relative to us? Do they also fight battles of their own?

I hope we can some day meet them to understand other places. I'm looking forward to the day that instead of saying "I'm from <<insert your country here>>", we'll say "I'm from planet Earth, that blue marble at the distance."

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The old and the new, in perfect harmony.⁣ ⁣ This dreamy, swirling spiral of stars is an image of galaxy NGC 2906 captured by @NASAHubble. The blue speckles seen scattered across the galaxy are clusters of massive, young stars, which emit hot, blue-tinged radiation as they rapidly burn through their fuel. The swaths of orange are a mix of older stars that have swollen and cooled, and low-mass stars that were never especially hot to begin with. Because of their lower temperatures, these stars emit cooler, reddish radiation. ⁣ ⁣ Regardless of their age, temperature or tint, one thing's for sure: their beauty radiates for all the universe to see -- just like yours does ✨ ⁣ Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Filippenko⁣ ⁣ #galaxy #nasa #feelgoodcontent #hubble #space #stars #universe #telescope⁣ ⁣ #outerspace

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Not our galaxy. I wonder who lives there?

Day 15