Tuesday, September 13, 2005

It's a Small World After All

You've probably seen it before:

If the earth's population was represented in a village of 100 people, this is what the village would look like.

This is the 2002 version:

Miniature Earth

They say it takes a village to raise a child. What kind of children are we raising based on this version of Village Earth?

Here's yet another illustration of just how small we are, how vast the neighborhood we live in:

Large Gamma Ray Burst Discovered

In the movie "Grand Canyon", Danny Glover's character talks about how it made him feel to sit on the edge of that big hole in the ground, like a flea on the rump of a cow as it's chewing its cud, next to a freeway going 70 mph. Small.

Yet we are as precious and rare as we are insignifigant. Like grains of sand that together make a beautiful beach; something more than the sum of its parts.

God said that a nation would be made of the descendants of Abraham and Sarah, as numerous as the stars in the heavens. Through a particularity God would reveal the infinite.

Each one of us is a particularity, a doorway, an entire world of our own (but not only for our own sake), through which the infinite may be known in some way. Gerald May, God rest his soul, once said that the most important endeavor of his life was "practicing God's Presence".

What kind of village raised you? How do you reveal the infinite in your particular life? What creates awe in you? Practice the presence of the Holy every infinitesimal chance you get.

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