do you ever wonder how human beings have somehow gotten such a grand idea of themselves inside the larger reality of the cosmos?
do you ever get the feeling that humanity is becoming more unaware of their surroundings and becoming too busy thinking they are the center of the universe and the most important thing in the cosmos? if you were a space alien and visited for the first time, what conclusion would you come up with for humans? would go into the report as some species that inhabited a planet like an ant farm? with the way humans treat each other with fear and anger seeming to supersede deep love, would we be considered a threat to the planet and cosmos? would human beings even notice something was visiting and observing because we are too busy with our issue of pride and who amongst us had the shiniest objects?
if you have never gone to an observatory to look out of a decent telescope or looked up to the night sky with minimal light pollution, try to find a place to do this. perhaps the next day, take some time to look at what the scientists at CERN are working on and the scale and size of it. if you take the two, you get a known scale of the size and scale of the visible cosmos.
the amazing part is there is so much more as what our eyes see tonight in the night sky might be thousands, million or billions of light years away. who knows what is happening, or if anything is even there in the cosmos right now? beyond the subatomic, I wager there is much more that we can’t see right now. the one thing man is very good at, is making tools. we will make tools to see more, announce it as a new discovery, yet – wasn’t what is seen always there? isn’t it that man figured out a way to see further?
most days I think humans are pretty irrelevant in the grand picture of it all. we are too busy staring at what is right or wrong with each other’s behaviors to notice that we probably are missing a bigger picture within the scale of all that is visible to our eyes. I forget what dimension the mathematicians are working with these days. after the 3rd dimension, what are the other 7 or 8 that have been proven are like? what is there?
perhaps that is why getting away from other humans at times is valuable. your eyes are opened to more of that which is around you. the beauty, mathematics and design of nature and a night sky filled with stars and galaxies has a way of humbling you at how small you really are. most people don’t have access to electron microscopes or watching tiny objects constructed at the micron or atomic level, so we are blissfully unaware at how small things really are. I forget how big the supercollider is at CERN – all to smash a few particles together and see what else there is.
maybe that is where my faith that there is a god comes from? when you take humanity out of the bigger issue with the subatomic and the cosmic, what you get is a mind-blowing size and scale of things – and that is only with what we can see. we are still blind to the reality of what lie beyond – that for now we can’t see.
what I wonder about, if what humans haven’t really figured out how to get along very well on the planet. someone is angry with another, someone is afraid of another, sometimes we love others…but how often do we stand next to each other and take the time to realize how gigantic the cosmos is, and how small a subatomic particle is, and how tiny humans are in the grand mix of things?
I guess and I pray I never lose my childlike heart with the wonderment of the universe. I pray I never lose hope that man can change and we can make the choice to live and learn to treat each other the way we wish to be treated. and lastly, I hope we all get to experience something beyond our time on this beautiful, but tiny little planet and perhaps have blinders lifted at something far more amazing with the creation that perhaps our human form can handle.
maybe then we might all wonder, “why didn’t we get the message and take better care of each other and the planet while we were on it?”