13.7 Billion years in the making - Feel reality clawing itself a way through the depths of time, right up to this very moment.

Our reality is so utterly mindblowing in its beauty and complexity that we tend to bury our head in the sand and confine our view and thinking to the mundane drudgery of daily life. With the passing of time, we have constructed this glorious human reality of ours, layer upon layer, out of a shitload of different ideologies and technologies. Consumerism, religion, traditions, our own individualistic hopes and dreams about money, power and love, lady Gaga and Ashton Kutcher, tv dinners and coca cola,... These have become our day to day reality, a reality that blinds us from nature. It's not just the stars that our cities and their lights obscure from our mind's eye. Sometimes I feel as if we are about to lose ourselves in the entertainment jungle that we have created. With so many Bells and whistles fighting for your attention, you have to really make time to think about something deeply. From rainbows to atoms and black holes, there are worlds worth exploring hiding behind such easy to use labels.

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." -Confucius 

Put on some of your favorite inspiring and hopeful music, darken the room and then just kick back and enjoy this stunning collection of photos which I compiled with the specific reason to stimulate thinking about the bigger picture. These are imo 450+ of the most thought inducing pictures out there so it could take you quite a while to get through them but please take your time!

"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives." -Albert Einstein 

Now and then, people could use a reality check. It allows you to momentarily break free from the shackles of modern popular thinking. Yes we live in houses but we also live as self organizing neural patterns in biologically evolved machines powered by a massive nuclear fusion engine on a tiny life rich planet on one of the outer arms of the milky way in our 13.7 billion year old universe. I want you to look at these pictures and forget that you are looking at pictures. This is the universe we are living in. Try to grasp how it all fits together. Think about deep time. How did all this come to be? What does all this accumulated knowledge mean for our future? We are truly privileged to be able to access this wealth of information. 

"Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite. " -Francis Bacon 

I started collecting these pictures a long time ago but I never wrote down their source. In other words, I wish to thank the makers of these pictures and I want you to know that I love your work! If you would like your picture credited or removed, just send me a message and I will get right to it. 

"Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?" -George Bernard Shaw 

Did I miss anything? Do you know of some other mindblowing picture that belongs here? Let me know!

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." -Helen Keller

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Big_Bang
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_natural_history
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_evolution
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_human_evolution
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_human_prehistory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_ancient_history
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Middle_Ages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_early_modern_history
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_modern_history
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_future
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_far_future


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An excellent collection - I had the one showing the Big Bang expansion as a giant six monitor background wallpaper for awhile.
I look forward to going through the rest of these tonight.
 
Always worth sharing again Koen!
 
I love this album of yours +Koen De Paus. I'm not sure if I've already told you, but it's truly fantastic, and has indeed served as a reality check to me on numerous occasions. Thank you for putting this awesome collection together!
 
I regularly get lost in these myself, I use them as my screensaver. :)
I've added about 60 new pics compared to last year's share so there's something "new" for everyone! ^^
 
This is elementary, my dear Koen!
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