Following my earlier post: Our Place in the Universe, here’s a thoughtful response from “And All These Things”:
And All These Things: The Vastness of the Cosmos and The Place of Man
"The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God" Catechism of the Catholic Church 1700
Questions and exhortations about the insignificance of man compared to the vastness of time and space are based on confusion of quantity and quality, between what we can quantify about a thing versus what a thing is "worth." For instance a single gold bar can buy an entire tract of land many times larger than itself, and a rock in your garden is immensely older than the house it sits beside yet you would not say the house was worth less. Indeed qualitatively speaking a single celled microbe is worth more than all the lifeless stars and planets in the Universe. With life comes information, ontologically superior to the mere matter of non-life, and with his spiritual intellect and freewill man is ontologically superior again.
(tags: life cosmos)