Thursday, February 5, 2015
GOD, GUNS, GRITS, GRAVY, COSMOLOGY AND CHIVAS REGAL
Today my wife bought me a bottle of twelve year old Chivas Regal Scotch Whiskey and I am enjoying my second glass.
Until you get melancholy and philosophical (and whiskey helps) you miss the point that we are creatures with limited-intelligent living in a meaningless world; and since we are all alive only through happenstance, if we do value above all things moments of enjoyment we are squandering our chance existence.
We only need to pull our heads away from daily triviality and ponder infinity to realize how unimportant the human race - and you and I are.
Now wrap your mind around this: we are God’s chosen little pissants creatures living on a tiny spec in the Milky Way Galaxy, but it doesn't stop there - our Milky Way Galaxy is only one of millions of other galaxies inside our universe.
Cosmology is the scientific study of the universe. The only actual truths known among cosmologist are that our universe is 13.7 billion years old and that when astronomers peer out into the universe they can only see to a distance of 42 billion light years (known as our Cosmic Horizon) as this is how far light can have traveled since the Big Bang. Almost everything else proposed by cosmologist is speculation.
The only difference between a science fiction writer and a cosmologist is the sci-fi writer tells a story - since they are both speculating from a known to an unknown.
Common sense tells us that space does not stop at our Cosmic Horizon and that there must be realms beyond our observable universe; but we have no ability to ever see or know this for a fact.
The Idea that space has no end is beyond our meager ability to comprehend – some things just are.
Cosmologist have speculated that we are living in a bubble universe, brought about by the Big Bang - and that our bubble is composes of particles like electrons, quarks etc. that are held together by forces like electromagnetism and gravity - and that our bubble continues to expand.
Outside of our bubble are other bubbles produced by the same or similar eruption – some having very different types of physics, particles and forces.
Outside our bubble exist an infinite number of other bubble universes.
In other words: mankind is an insignificant creature and our personal existence is an anomaly: so why, as pseudo-intelligent life forms, are we squandering our brief existence on wars and politics and dividing factions and on the trivial minutia of everyday existence without stopping to enjoy a glass of Chivas Regal Scotch Whiskey?
I’m just asking