7 days ago
I posted this one year ago, the day Stephen Hawking died. If I had more time to elaborate, I could talk about him and the cosmos forever. We share the same birthday and the same stardust. But for today, last year’s thoughts will have to do and are just as relevant.
Did you know there are more atoms in just one of your eyes than there are stars on all of the known universes? We exist in a cosmos so vast and complex, we may be just mere stardust, but that stardust is a magical collection of three billion, billion, billion atoms that always existed, forming just one perfect specimen. And yet as individuals, we act as though the universe revolves around us alone. Timespace, black holes, string theory, cosmology, the quanta—these aren't just fundamentally fascinating subjects, they're simply fundamental. They are our answers, our reasons, our existence. We aren't just humans co-existing on one planet. We are cosmosapiens, all part of this intricately woven and ever-expanding universe, completely connected and yet so very individually isolated, concerned more with the banality of every day life and reality television than we are with the magic that is not just around us, but literally inside of us. We are made of the same particles as the moon and the stars and yet we act better than each other and separate, rather than infinitely universal. I may never fully comprehend the complex mathematics of thermodynamics or gamma ray involvement in the creation of mini black holes, but the greatest of life's mysteries to me will always be that in a world full of eight billion people, only a handful care to even consider the sheer magic of the cosmos and the utter improbability of their own existence. Thank you for being one of the brightest and one of the few, Stevie Hawks, and for helping my small brain understand these very big concepts just a little more and love it all infinitely. Because of your work, I'll always remember that even the bleakest of black holes emit bright light just beyond their event horizon and for me, that makes everything possible. .
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