Tuesday, August 14, 2007
My Dangerous Idea
I'm laying in the grass in our backyard. Noah's next to me, making humming noises as he drives his little hot wheel around. The sun is shinning it's warm, late afternoon glow, the wind is just blowing enough that the trees whisper. I can see the sky, blue and illuminated, the giant old pine tree, the maples and oaks. In the midst of such natural perfection, the cliche' feeling of something greater and divine takes over. Science, a supernatural God? I am but a tiny speck.
Then I thought about the cycle of life. How the branches of a tree both grown longer, but also stem out as they age. How even the tree dies eventually. I thought about the heat of this summer, the hot, sticky, stifling days. How it must have been nothing compared to the Paleozoic era at times. And even though millions of years ago, this yard was stuck in a tropical heat, at some point, it had also been under miles of ice.
I saw the grass, the tree, the ants, the squirrels, we humans as tiny, blinking points on a graph. A visual representation in my mind to make sense of it all. We blink in when we are born and out when we die. Blink, blink , blink all over the world, like little strobe lights. I thought about the earth, it ever changing, extinguishing all life with ice and asteroid, rebuilding again. A regular,medium sized blip, blip blip on my graph. Someday, like all planets and stars, moons and sun, our home with be gone. Incinerated? Pulled by gravity into the super back hole at the center of the Milky Way? How ever it Will play out, it will happen. A large, boom, boom, boom, on the my graph, as each celestial body ceases to exist.
So you can imagines trillions and trillions of tiny, almost imperceptible blinks, going at the speed of light, surrounded by the regular and plentiful blips of life on this planet being extinguished and growing back. Then everything negated by some giants booms as the earth disappears for good. These same booms for any other inhabited planet out there.
So it seems to be the natural order that from sub-atomic particles blinking in and out as they do, so go we. So does life on this planet, so does simply our planet. Solar systems disintegrate also....then I wonder must the universe too? I think it does. If everything else has a birth, a destruction, a re-birth, then so would the universe.
If the universe goes then would a new science come about with a new universe, a new set of rules?
Here's my dangerous idea: If one day far far into the future, our universe ended, as it entailed all that existed, would God also end? If a new universe came about, would a new God be revealed? Birth, destruction, re-birth. I think nature and the working of the universe makes quite a strong point for re-incarnation.