As you read this, you are on a planet that is moving through space, around the sun.
You probably know this.
But on the outside chance that this is actually news to you, then (1) Really??? How did you miss this? (2) You’re probably a park skier. (3) I’m honored to be the first to fill you in.
(Totally kidding about #2.)
So the earth is traveling around the sun, and everybody knows this, even if some people only heard about it a few seconds ago.
Do you know how fast the earth is traveling around the sun? Which is also to ask: Do you have any idea of how fast you are going right now?
I bet you don’t.
I didn’t know until about a year ago. Then I started asking other people whether they knew. Nobody did. I’ve probably now asked about 200 people, and nobody has known the answer. That’s crazy, because the number is mind blowing.
So why don’t most of us know? If there was one thing that every single one of us should have learned in school, it’s probably this number.
Why aren’t we thinking about it all the time, talking about it all the time, when the fact is that, right now, you and I were fortunate enough to get a free ticket on an absolutely spectacular ride around the galaxy?
You need to know how fast we’re going.
The answer’s on the next page.