I had discovered a secret -- not to remain too long at one point, forever repeating the too familiar.
In ancient times astronomers were calculating from the premise that the Earth was the center of everything and that the heavens surrounded it. There were empirical and theological reasons for that premise. Today astronomers are telling us that there is no canter to the universe because there is no edge. How do they know there is no edge? Through physical and mathematical calculations. Through science. Through intelligent observation and research.
By their calculations we now know that the Earth is a minor part of a solar system circling around an insignificant star, that the whole solar system is an insignificant dot in a large galaxy which in turn is an insignificant dot in the vast universe of galaxies.
And if there is no center to the universe how do we know where we are? We don't, except in our relationship to other planets, stars and galaxies.
When we look up at the night sky everything seems so serene and constant, and yet the astronomers are telling us that the universe is a very busy place, constantly creating, destroying and recreating pieces of itself.
Because it has no edge we will never explore it all, we will never know it all.
These discoveries have and should have redefined physics, philosophy and theology. It is veritable that old ideas are hard to discard. Is it fear that keeps people from facing the true meanings of scientific discovery? Or is it the discouraging fact that we will never know it all? Is it easier just to hold on to the fence post than to face the endless and understand it? Are the journeys of the scientist, engineer, technician and artist pointless if they have no destination?
If there is no edge to the universe then there is no edge to consciousness, and no center. But is it consciousness which makes us significant after all, no matter where we are? Is there intelligent life on other planets? Probably. But if not, at least there is on this one, if we are willing to start using it.
DB - The Vagabond
(This is not a contest.)
In your opinion what is the most amazing thing that could happen during this decade? Make it as outrageous as you want but keep it within the realm of what you consider a possibility.
Only 4 responses so far.
Answers will be published the first day of Summer.
DB - The Vagabond