'may my heart always be open
birds who are the secrets of
whatever they sing is better
than to know
and if men should not hear
them men are old' - e.e.cummings
Right now, though you appear to be sitting very still and staring into the void of your cellphone, you are actually traveling at over 460 meters per second due to the rotation of the earth. The earth is traveling at 30 kilometers per second (67,000 miles per hour) around the sun. The Milky Way galaxy is approaching the Hydra constellation at approximately 200 kilometers per second (maybe a half a million miles per hour). You have never been in the same place twice, nor will you. The atoms that make up your body are composed of more than 99.9% empty space; so, in a way, you are a void yourself. Your DNA consists of 46 chromosomes; both a potato and a chimp each have more. Approximately half of your cells are bacteria and carry their own DNA; they are not necessarily even you. [sciencenews.org] You simply harbor them; you are infested. Perhaps the last ten pounds you packed on is only half your fault. Perhaps the voices in your head are actually the collective conscience of all those organisms feeding with you. Do you think they get excited when they see pictures of your food on Insta?
'you are stardust
you are golden
you are billion year old carbon' - j.mitchell
Even with your seemingly acute senses, your eyes detect less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and your ears hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. If you think you know what's going on around you, you should check the adequacy of your data. Neutrinos are like electrons with no charge. Our senses can’t detect them and though they were theorized by Pauli in 1930, only recently have we created machines deep within the earth that can. If you look directly at the ground at midnight, millions of neutrinos originating from the sun are passing through the center of the earth, through your eyes, and out the back of your skull unencumbered. They are so small that they pass through the entire earth (and your brain) without hitting a thing.
"The relative abundance of chemical elements in the universe matches the relative abundance of atoms generated in stars so well as to leave little doubt that red giants and supernovae are the ovens and crucibles in which matter has been forged. All the matter you see around you has been through one or two of these previous cycles of stellar alchemy." - c.sagan
Not only are you stardust, but you are the collective evolution of several exploding stars manifesting the growth of the universe toward a fuller understanding of itself. Whether you believe in God, or Allah, or the Great Mother, or math, you can't deny the importance of this continued growth and evolution toward sustainability.
"The earth thrives on the edge of a knife." - b.swimme
A few million miles closer to the sun and the earth is a hot, lifeless rainstorm of sulfuric acid. A few million miles further and we'd have been a dry, dusty rock. Once all the helium has been fused within the core, our Sun will turn into a red giant and engulf the inner planets in a wonderfully brilliant and cleansing fire. No more will pain and suffering be part of our solar system. No more will peace and love. Take aim at what you really want in life and remember that you're down to only a few billion years left to accomplish your goals here on Earth before the sun swallows us up.
The Roman god Jupiter was the boss. He kept the skies in check. Two thousand years later and Jupiter is still keeping us safe. Below is the satellite data of the asteroid belt showing how Jupiter's gravity protects the inner planets by drawing away the asteroids each year. This singular image is the result of an astronomical amount of astrological study. Say a prayer (to whoever your god is) that Jupiter keeps working His magic. There is a potential that those few billion years could be a significant overestimate of this timeframe.
"What we are is the sum of a thousand lives, what we know is almost nothing at all. What we are, well we are till the day we die, or till we don't have the strength to go on… or till we don't have the strength to go on" - t.mcilrath
Editorial Note: The information presented has been plagiarized from the collective knowledge of a lifetime of stacked books on my nightstand. Citations noted above are incomplete and unchecked for accuracy. I encourage you to check the data, and all data, for yourself. The internet is a clever construct constructed by a confederacy of dunces and the current scientific and philosophic methods are a work in progress and subject to change at any time without notice. Collectively, we know very little and individually, we know almost nothing at all. Put down the pokemon and get to work people.
"Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see" - l.reed.