The next time that you or I blow up our chests and think, and as well as act as if we are so very important that the Universe was made for the pleasure and use of Man alone perhaps you and I should think again. The time that the human race has existed in cosmic time is shorter than your next breath. One way to bring Mankind down to earth is to look at what Carl Sagan called his “Cosmic Calendar.”
With in the scheme of Sagan’s “Cosmic Calendar,” the average human life being some 70-80 years this life would be equivalent to approximately 0.16 cosmic seconds. Never the less to me this does not mean that Man is less important but in contrast I believe since we are all part of this wonderful wholeness that Man and all else is more important, and meaningful. Because of this fact we, Mankind, all have a greater responsibility to all others and any other entity within the Cosmos.
Do you remember the high school math class when you learned that the whole is the sum of it’s parts? What this means to me is that the whole can’t be a whole unless it has all its parts. Therefor the Cosmos can not function properly unless all its part function in a proper manner. So we are very important. We are only so if we think of ourselves in relation to all other parts of the Cosmos. According to most science at the time of the Big Bang the universe was the size of 1 millionth of 1 millionth of 1 million of an atom. This was called singularity. All was within this little speck of matter at it became the universe. All was connected and related to every other part of this small speck of matter. Science today speaks of entanglement where one particle of matter will affect another particle of matter no matter how far they are apart from one another. What this all comes down to is that every part large or small in the universe is connected, related and does affect every other part of the matter in the universe.