When mired in the middle of debating the origins of the universe against those who would believe the Earth is a mere six-thousand years old, it can be easy to forget the majesty that is inherent to scientific theory.
And while we may not be made in the image of an almighty God, spawned from some original sin in a magical garden, the mere reality of us as a species being -at least as of this moment- the culmination of billions of years of progress, with elements forged in the hearts of stars, it can be just as easy to get swept up in it.
Throughout the long, long history of the universe, the growth and development of basic elements into heavier, more complex matter, then leading to planetary, ecological and biological evolution, ultimately leading to a review of the entire process by we, the universe’s tiny little observers, plays like an ancient and epic tale of creation and reality.
Throughout the variety of philosophies proclaiming humanity to be a reflection of the universe itself, or alternately, the universe reflecting upon itself, the basic elements which make up our very physical form lend themselves nicely to these more secular ideas of the mystical nature of life in the universe.
So take a moment, let go of the mythology and surrounding debate and enjoy this short video depicting (in short order) the origins of atomic elemental structures and the reality of that which we often call “creation.” And if nothing else, try to pause and smile at the relative insignificance and utter epic nature to existing in this universe we share.