How many billions of stars in our Galaxy? How many planets? How much vast empty space?

And that’s just local. But don’t feel insignificant. Most of this is non-sentient matter. Sentient beings are sure to exist in the vast universe beyond our world–but scientists concur that sentient beings are probably relatively rare. Hence your capacity to suffer and feel joy makes you non-insignificant–makes you special, significant, in the big picture.

There may be almost 7 billion of us but in the scope of the mostly unlived-in universe, we’re a rarity. You’re a rarity.

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