234 – Perspective …

The following, current facts, help me get a sense of perspective on my presence in, and interrelatedness with the world in which I exist:

The half-inch-long pro-biotic capsule I take every day to assist digestion contains two billion cells – Imagine! two billion cells packed in a little capsule; that’s how small cells are (the microscopic cell pictured below is from the International Human Cell Atlas Initiative). And so, it is no wonder that there are some 37 trillion cells in an average human body, each cell containing some 42 million molecules. This is the world inside of me; this is what I am made of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The NASA picture below shows the location of Voyagers 1 and 2 after 42 years of travel since they were deployed in 1977 (click on the picture to expand it). This picture also shows the oval shape of our solar system as it travels through space embedded in one of the arms of the Milky Way.[1] This is the world from which humankind emerged into existence.

[1] Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

 

 

The image below, captured by the Infrared Astronomy Satellite, shows the oval shape of the Milky Way – the collection of about one trillion stars embedded in the Virgo Cluster, which is the collection of about 1200-2000 galaxies embedded in the Virgo Supercluster, which is one of millions of superclusters in our Universe. This is the world from which our Solar System emerged into existence.

 

 

 

 

I exist amid all these worlds, a part of a Continuum of systems within systems that seems infinite in all directions; a Continuum whose beginning nor its end I can fathom, nor the extent of its immensity, nor of its minuteness. But what I do fathom is that I am a part of it; that I exist in it, that its past is in me as I might be in its future; a Continuum that seems to willfully unfold with a degree of freedom … self-generating, self-organizing, self-regulating … either with a transformative force the likes of the one that turned the Earth into Life’s playground or quietly – without intrusion, without making waves – into Life’s awareness of itself.

Revised January 2022

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