I remember when I was a little kid…a million was just the most incredibly huge number. It was mind-boggling. I distinctly remember a local school that decided to count a million dried peas, and what a huge space it filled. I was impressed by how BIG a million was.
Today millions and billions are tossed about blithely, just common household terms. Now we hear of trillions, and that’s a number so big I really can’t comprehend it.
But this little illustration helped me to get just a little better perspective.
1 million seconds ago was 12 days ago
1 billion seconds ago was 30 years ago
1 trillion seconds ago would have been about 30,000 B.C.
According to this site there are only about 6.78 billion people in the world, so…
One trillion would be over 150 times the number of people in the world.
It’s around 10 times the number of stars estimated to be in the Milky Way. (though of course, that number is only a ‘shot in the dark’ estimate, because we can’t even see nearly all of them, so how could we possibly count them?)
It’s really incredible.
A trillion is, quite simply, a bigger number than God has enabled our minds to deal with.