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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Back to the stars

Be like a butterfly! (Image courtesy the Hubble telescope)

It feels like affirmation when something - from out of the blue - seems to reinforce what you are thinking! An editorial in the New York Times last week "The Being of Being" suggests that there is confirmation - from the Fermilab in Illinois and the Large Hadron Collider - that at the subatomic level, the neutral B-meson particle vacillates between matter and non-matter, thereby tipping the universe towards being. Can personal hunches be traced to that pesky B-meson particle going back and forth?

When science seems to validate art - Hamlet's most famous soliloquy "To be or not to be" - we wonder what other insights in human art and myth may eventually be considered to be "based in fact." How else are we programmed to act from the sub-atomic, or even the galactic, levels? Could it be that our future lies not just in our nature, but that our nature is indeed written in the stars?

If as the universe suggests, there is this tendency towards expansion, towards being (rather than annihilation), towards life, why should we not be more adventurous, take more chances? What predisposes us to security, acquisitiveness, selfishness? What would it take for us to live like the lilies of the field, who sow and spin not, or butterflies, or the dolphins in the sea, who neither plant nor reap?

1 comment:

  1. The Question, I loved reading this post...thought provoking