The Spectacular Now

Take a moment to think about the size of the universe into which we’ve had the privilege of being born.

Christopher Hitchens sums it up with super-elegant simplicity in the opening sentence of a speech he made in 2011, knowing full well he was approaching his death.

For a few milliseconds of cosmic time, our species has lived on one very very small rock, in a very small solar system that’s a part of a fantastically unimportant suburb in one of an uncountable number of galaxies.

Christopher Hitchens

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