- Politics and Social Issues
How The Universe Works. . . . .
A word on how we think and why we are not thinking big enough.
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
How the Universe works: a little input on perspective.
The History Channel has a series called "How The Universe Works." I enjoy watching these episodes more than anything else I watch. It gives me a bigger perspective on my life and creates a context within me where I feel connected to all that there is in the Universe. The shear size of the Universe is incomprehensible. Scientists talk in 'light years', the distance light travels in a year to describe distances in the Universe. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second or 300,000 kilometers. Now this is per second! In a 'light year' light travels at 5.88 (5,880,000,000,000) trillion miles or 9.46 trillion kilometers. The nearest star to our own Sun is Proxima Centauri. It is 4.2421 light years away. So it is approximately 24.75 (24,750,000,000,000) trillion miles that the light travels to get to us and from us back to them. This is only the closest star to our own, though, and there are about 200 billion, (200,000,000,000) stars just in our Galaxy, the Milky Way. And now that the Hubble Telescope brought into focus this magnificent light display --The Universe, we realize that there are two hundred billion galaxies, too, in the observable Universe, each with 200,000,000,000 stars in them as well. You might wonder why I am telling you this. Well, this article is about perspective. It is about our part in the creation of the Universe.
Scientists have looked deep into space and constantly scan our Galaxy for planets like our own where life can be sustained. They have found over 400 planets circling stars in our own galaxy, but have yet to find anything even remotely like earth. We treat earth like we can afford to have it expire. We can not!!! We live in a magnificent, vast Universe which is beyond imagination, but thus far there is not another Earth. If we ruin this one we will not have another one to just move over to. We are in runaway population growth, we are destroying our atmosphere, our water and our potential for future generations and we are making it so dangerous to live here because of this pollution and the violence the aforementioned population growth is inflicting on the world around us.
It is time to do some soul searching. Before you have children, think about whether you will commit to being a good parent or not, one who will make every effort to bring a useful, thoughtful human being into the world and take total responsibility for each and every day of their upbringing. We do not need more people. We need people who are able to function in this world responsibly. This means every person who considers having a child or is considering having a child must stop being casual about this decision. In the next 20 years you may not feel much impact from more people, more violence, more abuse with our fellow humans, more wars, but your children will get to experience it all and your grandchildren will be lucky to see humanity survive. The earth belongs to all of us. Be kinder, more thoughtful, less judgmental. Don't support greed or violence in any form. We are all we have and the earth is everything to us. Respect it!