Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Dichotomy of Existence

Science tells us how unbelievably complex life is.  How everything is made up of atoms which cannot be seen.  Held together by mysterious forces unexplainable but measurable on some level.  It tells us of the miracle of the universe, the immensity of the sun, solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, romantically named for the way the stars within this galaxy looks on a clear night away from city lights.  Yes, and how small we are on this tiny orb in space circling the sun, our star, on the edge of the milky way galaxy, made of 100 billion such stars like the sun. Science is now discovering that most stars also have planets circling them just like the sun! And yet this cluster of stars making up our Milky Way galaxy, is but one cluster in a neighborhood of other cluster of stars like this "Milky Way" with one of our nearest neighbors being the whimsically named Andromeda galaxy, our brother or sister galaxy a mere 1,000,000 light years away. A short distance in universe proportions. Since our galaxy is about 100,000 light years from end to end, that makes the Andromeda only 10 lengths away from us.  Short enough for us to yell HELLO! Additionally, science tells us that the universe as we know it today, is expanding and every galaxy is pulling away from every other galaxy.  It tells us how fortunate we are to live in the present epoch, because one day, all the galaxies will eventually be so far away from each other, that every creature in every galaxy will think it is alone in the universe!

But yet, as amazing as all these facts are to the mind, it seems that as humans we really care more about such things as how we look.  How we age.  What we feel.  What others think of us. Raising a family. Making those close to us happy.  It's amazing that we age and our skin shows it.  Because everyone's outer skin replaces itself every 30 days or so, science tells us.  But, somehow those that are over 60 have a leathery aged stretchy look to their skin, while teenagers have a smooth healthful look which they do not fully appreciate until they too age.

My point, is that the science behind our physical  reality is not all  that important, except to appreciate the love, mercy and power behind it to create this universe for us and allow us to believe in it's solidity for as long as it takes to understand the real purpose for our existence.  That is to understand love, humanity, peacefulness within, harmony with our fellow man, shared joy and happiness.  Yes, science, there is a purpose to life and it is not to figure out how the Wizard created the illusion, but to learn to be a better man, woman, person in the eyes of our creator.  Not for its sake, but for our own sake, which is its sake.

The next time you go to Panera, or the post office, a park bench, or are even sitting in a traffic jam, take a step back with your mind, and enjoy the life you are living and know that we are all in the same boat and are all sharing the same existence in our own way.  And for God's sake, smile at each other,  it's not science!

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