My past two posts have been sort of “off the wall,” and not seeming to have any real grounding in my normal and usual topics. But how many times can one write about the travesties of religion, the wonders of science and nature, the amazing power of humans and our scientific endeavours and our amazing frontiers? Well actually I could write an enormous amount, but that’s not the point. Why have I been writing these whimsical stories of my life? well for a very important reason. Ideological people assuming I have no ‘faith’ or love for humans, and that I don’t appreciate the world. Clearly these people have never read my posts, and have never actually looked at what an atheist, scientist, humanist and realist actually sees.
It has been a fairly long time since I have written about the wonders of space. Since a small child the cosmos has fascinated me, and the vast expanse of the universe keeps my brain active and entertained to this day. The universe to me is a wonder of what nature and evolution can do. The sheer expanse of space-time is mind-boggling. To think the milky way, the little galaxy we live in, is 100,000 light years across is just a number so huge that the mind struggles to imagine its scale. And when you think that the milky way contains over 100 billion stars to potentially 300 billion stars, the brain stars to fuzz and frazzle, considering each one of those stars are the same size, and many more are larger, than the sun.
And to think that our star just sits in one of the arms of the milky way galaxy, being orbited by all 9 planets (pluto is still a planet to me). And our sun is just one of billions of stars in the milky way. And the earth also being just one of billions of planets in the milky way as well. ANd pushing even further out, the milky way, our home galaxy is just one of millions of billions in the universe. Now how many stars is that again? So what I’m trying to show is that the universe is big, and when i say big, i mean monstrously large, that the human mind soon crumbles at the size of the universe (and that’s just the universe we can see). So what about life? If the universe is big, what about the numbers for life?
Earth is quite big, actually to us, it’s very big. Our planet holds all 6 Billion of us, and the countless Trillions of animals, plants and fungi that thrive on the Earth. For some people the size of the Earth is so big, that they cant quite grasp it, in a sense that they cant see how something so big can exist, when in comparison, we are minutely small, let alone small birds and bacteria. Regardless how big this amazing planet is, it wont be here forever. Unfortunately I don’t know when the end will come, I’m no soothsayer, not that they’d know either. The reason I don’t know, is surprisingly simple, the end, is multiple.
Many times in my life, as i hope you have too, I have woken up and have been grateful that so many years ago, my mother gave birth to me. The reason for this is that it allows me to enjoy the beauty, wonder and majesty of plants, animals, our town, our country, our world, and our universe. (I use our quite wrongly, we do not and hopefully shall not, claim possession to the cosmos.)
Being alive means we can appreciate tastes, smells, sights, sounds and touches of the environment around us.(Albeit a flawed guess of our environment. See Brain interpretation.) But not only do we appreciate these senses, at least i hope you appreciate them, but we can also appreciate the entire cosmos around us. We have the science, maths and intelligence to decipher the language of space-time, the genome and DNA and also the wonderful but changeable and violent home we call Earth.