|30 Days Meme - Introduction
||[Oct. 7th, 2010|12:33 am]
Jake The Snake
It's been a long time since I have posted. I may as well make it a Meme:|
Day 01 - Introduction
Day 02 – Your first love
Day 03 – Your parents
Day 04 – What you ate today
Day 05 – Your definition of love
Day 06 – Your day
Day 07 – Your best friend
Day 08 – A moment
Day 09 – General, important beliefs you hold
Day 10 – Your spiritual beliefs
Day 11 – Your siblings
Day 12 – Your pets
Day 13 – Your favorite food
Day 14 – This week
Day 15 – Your dreams
Day 16 – Your first kiss
Day 17 – Your favourite memory
Day 18 – Your favourite birthday
Day 19 – Something you regret
Day 20 – This month
Day 21 – Another moment
Day 22 – Something that upsets you
Day 23 – Something that makes you feel better
Day 24 – Something that makes you cry
Day 25 – A first
Day 26 – Your fears
Day 27 – Your favourite place
Day 28 – Something that you miss
Day 29 – Your aspirations
Day 30 – One last moment
What is there to say in an introduction that is truly that important? The breadth of a human life is insignificant when compared to the grand scheme of the universe. Today, a human life can expect to live about 80 years. Our universe is estimated to have existed for Trillions of years (That's 1000000000000's). In fact, if the universe's lifespan thus far was measured on a 24-hour clock, human beings would only have existed in the last second of the last minute before midnight of the next day (11:59:59PM). Since an event that scientists refer to in the Big Bang Theory, our universe has existed as a result of a massive physical reaction to a source of energy. Since then, the universe has been expanding. We can measure the expansion of the universe by measuring known astrological positions over time. Their rate of movement indicates that the universe's expansion is actually slowing down...which is troubling to consider that eventually, the universe may reverse-course and start to shrink...
Since the formation of the universe, the laws of physics developed that allowed for the development of planets: inertia, gravity, molecular bonding, etc. Most of what we know of as Space is made up of a little-understood substance known as "dark matter." Things like planets, stars, asteroids, people and slices of pizza are made up of "matter," whose mass in the universe is also infintesimal compared to the amount of dark matter. Mini-big bangs have occurred that formed giant vortexes in space, known as Black Holes. These massive fields of gravity attracted the building blocks of pure energy, which eventually collided and bonded into stars. Groups of stars gather together around these black holes to form Galaxies, and a black hole is at the center of each galaxy. Galaxies move and drift around in space, much like planets do around stars and stars do within Galaxies. There is typically a large amount of dark matter between each galaxy, and many of the distant stars that we see are actually distant galaxies whose light took thousands or millions of years to reach earth.
With the formation of stars, collisions and heat made molecules bond into other elements, forming things like asteroids, comets, etc. The gravitational pull of stars attracted large amounts of these molecules, and the explosions within these stars also produces large amounts of solids that cooled and solidified once they were projected far enough from the stars. Other stars and galaxies failed to bond together completely, forming objects like the Horsehead Nebula. Nebulas are the largest producers of non-pure energy elements, like comets and asteroids. They are made up of large gas elements that formed as a result of the failed bonding process.
The eventual result of all of this violent action was the forming of big rocks that started to linger in a regular orbital pattern around stars. Over the course of billions of years, these rocks would be hit by thousands of these element-containing objects, which would introduce the other molecules necessary to form water, and eventually, atmospheric gasses. If the gravity of these objects was large enough, they would retain these gasses near the big objects, eventually creating the building blocks of planets.
This takes us eventually to our own solar system, where yet another series of cosmic coincidences occurred. First, we need a sun that is our size to sustain us. Second, we have to be in the ideal range from the sun for our planet to not be too hot (like Venus) or too cold (like Mars). We also had to be big enough to retain an atmosphere. At one time, the Earth was much smaller, and had an orbital twin - the moon. The moon once had an atmosphere, similar to ours, but the two bodies collided and we stole both the mass of the moon and it's atmospheric elements. We are also essentially in the shadow of Jupiter, a planet thousands of times the size of the Earth, whose gravity protects us from the constant bombardment of asteroids and comets that would destroy our planet.
So, in essence, I was born, will live in a microscopic span of time, and die. And my life will be of less consequence than the few droplets of water vapor that came off of a comet millions of years ago containing the basic amino acids needed to create the first invertibrate life.