- like salmon do, swimming upstream, that’s the job. salmon do it, why not me? although do remember what happens to them afterwards.
pebbles and eggs.
plain talk for folks who don’t much care for impressionistic abstract stream of consciousness free association kind of stuff. is that you?
only forever lasts forever. nothing else. nothing.
there’s these folks who say, once upon a time there were no stars, only hydrogen with a little helium perhaps, oh yea, and some dark matter scattered unevenly throughout whatever whatever was. the hydrogen was appealing to gravity so some of it gathered together too. in clumps. bigger and bigger clumps. are you following? everything is still all and totally dark, no light. in time enough hydrogen got itself heavy and heavier, pressing in on itself. you can kinda do the same with your hands. gets warmer, doesn’t it. so did the hydrogen, till that moment, a great ball of it ignited and began to burn. now, now there was light in the universe. first time, you understand. there was a very first single star. imagine that. but good ideas, they repeat. more and more first stars began to shine. and in the shine, things began to move more and more, and more stars came to heaven.
- we are a speck of dust upon a speck of dust.
we are but a sentence in the book of the universe. so it is incumbent upon us to write the best sentence we can do.
that’s where we are right now. so many many many galaxies, each with so many many many stars within their gathering. over more time, galaxies they get attracted too and fly right through each other, changing each in many many many ways. and that’s where we all are right now this very instant.
lots of stars and lots of light. beautiful, that’s what we think to ourselves. and we are right. beautiful. we live in the age of stars.
but all things, yes Virginia, they must come to an end. many many times stars have grown old and died – some few into mysterious big black holes that make us wonder even more – what is all of this and who are we. some just turn to a sort of burnt out coal and done forever too. now some some far away day all the hydrogen will all get burnt up by stars and their lights will all go out one by one by one trillions of times. almost black. but not black holes we now understand, they evaporate slow slow slower than that, in so doing release a little heat, which we can also call a kind of light. now that will take an even long long longer time and we certainly by then will also be gone like the stars. but yes, eventually even the black holes will run out of steam. the universe will be all dark and without heat. no stars, no us. like it was in the beginning. perhaps. we’re not sure. but we won’t be wondering then. so that property you’re thinking of buying as a long-term investment, understand long-term don’t mean very long. and surely, not forever no matter what you think or want.
I wonder what god thinks of all that? do you?
and in case you weren’t sure about your participation, yes Joni Mitchell was right. we are stardust, billion year old carbon. we are golden. literally, all body, all of earth, this was once upon a time in the middle of a burning burning star, the molecular result of consuming hydrogen. all this dirt, all these leaves, all these limbs, you and me. no stars, no us.
so, you see the poetry of existence? everywhere.
- two cats in an alleyway. they’re not mine, one is black, the other stripes of grey and darker grey. I shutter my eyes so they won’t be afraid of my gaze. does that work for you?
please fully enlarge image for an amazing view & see below
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/S. Stolovy (Spitzer Science Center/Caltech)
This dazzling infrared image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope shows hundreds of thousands of stars crowded into the swirling core of our spiral Milky Way galaxy. In visible-light pictures, this region cannot be seen at all because dust lying between Earth and the galactic center blocks our view.
Full size TIF quality image (beyond stunning)
are you feeling any less lonely?
Joni Mitchell, Woodstock, or if you’d like a little more, Shadows and Light