I was digging up old stuff when i got stuck with this Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. I will not discuss so much about the movie, instead i will jump into the Chapter 15, There is a song, known as “Galaxy Song“, in which i just realized, the lyric is astronomically accurate, disregard how grim & nihilistic the movie is. Should I laugh, grin or just a simple smile? To realize that even we study astronomy in a way to comprehend the meaning of life?
Here is the complete lyric
Whenever life gets you down, Mrs Brown,
and things seem hard or tough,
And people are stupid, obnoxious, or daft,
and you feel that you’ve had quite enou-huh-huh-huh-huh-hooooooough…
Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving,
revolving at 900 miles an hour.
It’s orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it’s reckoned,
The Sun, which is the source of all our power.
The Sun, and you and me, and all the stars that you can see,
are moving at a million miles a day
In the outer-spiral arm, at 40,000 miles an hour,
of the Galaxy we call “The Milky Way”.
Our Galaxy itself contains a hundred-billion stars,
it’s a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light years thick, but out by us,
it’s just 3,000 light years wide.
We’re 30,000 light years from Galactic Central Point,
we go round every 200 million years,
And our Galaxy is only one of millions of billions
in the amazing and expanding universe!
(Small Instrumental & Animations — Uh Oh)
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
in all of the directions it can whizz,
As fast as it can go, the speed of light, you know,
12 million miles a minute and that’s the fastest speed there is,
So remember when you’re feeling very small and insecure,
how amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,
’cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth!
Make you feel so — sort of insignificat, doesn’t it?