At this present moment we are attached to a giant sphere that is has an equatorial diameter of approximately 24,900 miles, and a mass of 6.6 sextillion tons. This sphere is hurling through space at some 66,660 miles per hour (around the sun) while spinning at approximately 1000 miles per hour at the midpoint, the rate of spin varies depending on the latitude. Our little sphere is part of a solar system of other planets separated by immense distances that collectively together are part of the Milky Way galaxy.
The Milky Way contains approximately 200-400 billions stars and is some 621371192237333890 miles across; wrap your head around that! Now consider the vastness of space compared to our little planet on which we reside and our minuscule selves that occupy this sphere, it is very mind boggling to say the least. However, what I find the most fascinating isn’t the colossal distances and sizes to consider when we stare up at the night sky, but the number of unknowns we face whether we choose to admit it or not.
The unknowns I speak of are believed to be known by multitudes of people but are nothing more than beliefs and/or faiths. These beliefs have been peddled to the people in forms of religions, scientific theories, cults, fads and cultural dogmas. Some have come and gone, many are growing popular and gaining momentum, while others have lingered for centuries. And while I really have no desire to go into great detail or to debate someone else’s beliefs I can’t dismiss what is being ignored.
Scientists, professors, government officials, religious and political leaders, New Age gurus and the average person all have one thing in common. Not one of these people can provide the indisputable answers to the following questions about human life on earth: how we got here, why are we here, and what happens after death?
Now I understand that there are many theories and beliefs for the answers to these questions but they remain nothing more than individual or collective beliefs with no substantiated proof. Hell, I even have my own theories based on my personal experiences and readings but I am willing to admit I could be wrong. And yes, there have been many scientific experiments that are starting to provide some understanding while shedding light on the questions of consciousness and the nature of reality.
Nevertheless, as of this writing the above questions still remain unanswered. And it isn’t the “unanswered” aspect that bothers me it is the complete dismissal of the significance of such questions that gnaws at my very being. What could we accomplish as a human race if we collectively decided to seek the answers to those questions?
Have you noticed lately, the state of the world? Look at how people act and treat each other along with the divisions between nations, religions, cultures, races, economic statuses and it becomes very depressing. Turn on the news and notice what they are predominately focusing their broadcasts on. When you look at people in a public venue do you wonder if they too are concerned or are they merely focused on their smart phone and what the latest post is on Facebook? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to come off as judgmental. It just appears to me that the average person seems to be more concerned with life’s daily routines, the latest celebrity gossip or social media drama.
Now considering the perspective I tried to provide in the first paragraph, something isn’t adding up. Are people truly content with what their leaders have told or not told them about human existence?
I know I’m not the only one who ponders our existence and the nature of consciousness and reality. There are others like me who have become discontent with the monotony and routines of daily life so we have started to question our surroundings. There are many who see no value or contentment in eking out a living in a corrupt, consumer based economy so they possibly started to question the whole damn system. Ultimately they may have been led to, not only questioning our human constructed economic and political systems, but our entire reality. Have we become “awakened” as many like to point out? Or are we merely seeing and questioning the world around us in a purely subjective manner?
Is this planet really occupied by a majority of people who believe those questions have already been answered or do they just not care? Has everyone just become “comfortably numb?” Why isn’t everyone on this planet asking with one collective voice, “What the hell is going on, how did we get here, why are we here, and what happens after death?”