In order to understand something that is large at scale, we have to compare it to something familiar. The same goes for something where the distance is far away or imagining what the world will look like in the future.
We need concrete examples but our brain can’t process the scale.
Scale is only as good as our comparison.
That’s why they say a death is a tragedy and a massacre is a statistic.
The truth is not only our scope of comparison off but we also amplify our feelings to be larger than life.
It feels like the end of the world when our heart breaks but it isn’t actually the end of the world. If we haven’t experienced heartbreak before, what we are missing is something to compare it to.
Think about it.