the causality is uncertain. Some say earth came into being as a result or contemporaneous with the so called Big Bang. That was so far in the past that no one seems to remember. Today, it would appear that a vocal majority not necessarily only the Green’s or environmentalists but including governments from all over the world agree. Our future is death and destruction; the obliteration of all life on earth unless we change our sinful ways; we are doomed, ostensibly because people know the problem but no what to do about it.

It is unlikely that the multitude of problems presently facing human and other life on earth will be resolved in the near future. The green movement and environmentalists blame human life for the dangers faced by wildlife and botanical species and then there is the bogie of Climate Change. Governments world wide are perplexed by the world wide situation and people are becoming increasingly worried. Humans are certainly destructive; look what they have done in the microscopic time they have been on earth, indeed, since the industrial revolution.

It seems to many that the continued existence of human life and, indeed, all life on earth is finite.

If we look at the solar system, it is generally believed that earth is the only one that supports life; the only one of eight planets orbiting the sun. In order of distance from the sun they are; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Pluto, which until recently was considered to be the farthest planet; some have said it is not a planet. That is evidence that even astrophysicists (Scientists) change their mind. Which ones of those planets are developing, dying or dead? An answer to that question may be imperative for the future of earth.

In a ‘lesson’ given by ‘Doctor Sheldon Cooper’ a principal in the television series. The Big Bang Theory, the Doctor describes the beginning of the science of Physics. He tells ‘Penny’ to imagine the ‘Agora’ In ancient Greece, gazing into the night sky… In truth, this may be a good starting point for anyone interested in the subject; an understanding of physics or the science of nature. A NASA telescope has discovered one of the most distant planets ever identified: a gas giant about 13,000 light-years away from Earth or maybe 10 trillion kilometres. This number includes thirteen (13) Zeros. Taking a look at that number it is something like 10,000,000,000,000. and the number of galaxies is estimated , at this stage,  Hubble reveals an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe, but this number is likely to increase to about 200 billion as telescope technology in space improves.

The human species has travelled all over the world. It has even ventured into space and is there today. Botanical species exist on most continents as do the animal populations. Some species of both have been imported or exported, the majority by mankind.

Once in prehistoric times, a population on earth consisted of dinosaurs, giant reptiles and flying creatures. Somewhere in this menagerie many millions of years later, prehistoric man started to develop. The botanical population continues to grow as do animals. Those two species simply multiply, the human species builds to survive and threatens plant and animal life. In view of that, is the unthinkable part of the solution and is it already underway in parts of the world; the middle-east for instance. This is the culling of the human population.

Over-population with plant and animal life quite often leads to the endangerment or even extinction of a species. Man has the knowledge of medicine and an ability to use intelligence to survive. Perhaps the bloody wars of the past and definitely the present have been nothing more than population culling.

But let us return to that tiny planet Earth that forms a part of a galaxy; a tiny part of  a great being where time and distance are unimaginable to the “normal” mind. Certainly, they know it is there but not to the extent scientific discoveries reveal. 13,000 light-years 10 trillion kilometres; 299792458 metres per second. Can the a human really grasp distances and speeds of that magnitude?

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Star Gazing:

by

John Gavin

 

Sometimes a little time spent in thinking will bring results. It is the reason for this little think-piece. Philosophy: Is the branch of knowledge or academic study devoted to the systematic examination of basic concepts such as truth, existence, reality, causality and freedom.

The planet known as earth exists so as we are told. Some will say in reality Earth exists, however

A handful of stars and clouds in the vastness of space:

Is the Truth Out There?