“Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space…” Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Let’s just go ahead and grant that space, the universe and everything is a wee bit difficult to wrap our infinitesimally finite–dare I say small?– brains around. Many of you have probably seen Cary and Michael Huang’s clever website illustrating the scale of the universe. Today I stumbled upon a website which visualizes the seven billion plus people who life on this planet: www.7billionworld.com.

Seven billion people. Each with their own stories, awkwardnesses, fears, hopes, dreams, plans, families, desires. Each loved, loving, hating, hated, at war, at peace, in need and provided for. It is staggering to think about and draws my mind to places I would not have imagined a picture of seven billion stick figures could have.

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