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Thoughts of existence and space

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When I was growing up (and even now), the following thoughts freaked me out to the point of terror. Has anyone else thought about this, and has it bothered you?

1. The Earth is just a ball floating out in the middle of nowhere - how did we get here?

2. Even though we are standing on the ground, we are literally just on a floating mass in space?

3. The concept of space infinity, and being so small in comparison - like the sun is millions of miles away. It's almost incomprehensible.

4. Did you ever think that we are part of someone's dream?

I don't see how someone could be an astronaut and travel in space - I would be freaked.

I always chalked it up to thinking too much about life in general (how did we get here, etc), and it led to anxiety.

I know these thoughts seem weird, but we all have our weirdness.
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Although I discourage pondering such questions when in the throes of DR/DP...

1.) The earth came about, roughly 4 billion years ago, as a consequence of the rubble left over from the creation of the sun. As to 'we' got here, well, the idea is that amino acids in the primordial ocean evolved into simple cells (this has been reproduced in labratory conditions) and from then over evolution took over.

2.) Yes, gravity is holding us to the ground. The earth is not 'floating' in space, it is strictly held to a eliptical path around the sun. We're not going to float off into the void.

3.) Yes, it is pretty startling, but not as amazing as we might be to an ant. But if the sun wasn't exactly where is was, we wouldn't be here today. Too hot or two cold, and the conditions for life wouldn't be there.

4.) No.
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