posted on Jul, 11 2010 @ 03:30 PM
I pondered that for quite a long time. It seems that that statement is relatively true of wood, but if I use another thing, like Iron for example, the
statement loses its validity.
The more I thought about that, the more it occurred to me that there are more heavy things than iron. Hell gold, even though I don’t know much about
gold, is heavier than iron. And then what about atomic weight?
There are probably some things that are smaller than a grain of sand that are heavier than me. Even though I don’t really know much about atomic
weight, which explains why I don’t know much about gold. The more I thought about it, the more it occurred to me that there are probably things
smaller than me that weigh more than the earth itself. There are probably smaller things that weigh more to infinity until there is a thing smaller
than a grain of sand that weighs more than the entire universe.
Oh. Then things really got interesting in my head. Of course the tree guys told me it was a waste of my brain. That’s o.k. I only rarely work with
Anyhow, I dwelled on the idea of the grain of sand for a while. I remembered hearing one theory that the entire universe was created from a thing that
was smaller than a grain of sand. That theory had very little interest to me. But I also remember hearing that there were more stars in the sky than
grains of sand on the beach. Actually, I think it said all of the beaches on earth but I narrowed it down to only one beach for the sake of my small
mind and I started comparing our sun to a grain of sand.
If our sun and all the stars in our galaxy are merely grains of sand, then our galaxy must be represented by only a handful of sand. I wonder what is
going on at the other end of the beach.
Then of course I thought that if our sun is a lonely grain of sand on the beach, what must our earth be? Is it a simple speck of dust in between two
grains of sand? And then what about us? Are we such a small thing on such a small speck of dust in between two grains of sand that we would be
literally undetectable on such a scale?
I began wondering how small we really are. I realized that if our sun were a grain of sand and Alpha Centauri were the other grain of sand, and we
were traveling at the speed of light, it would take humans two solid years just to get to the next grain of sand on the beach. And at the speed of
light, it would take several generations just to get out of the one handful of sand. We could never get over a single dune.
And that is traveling at the speed of light. We haven’t even reached that yet. Not even real close. The speed of light is 180,000 mps and the
fastest we can go is roughly 27 mps (satelites).
It would be like walking into the yard, looking at the dirt around your feet and thinking that some being one hundred billion times smaller than the
smallest particle of the dirt were the only living thing on the planet.
The more I wondered about these things, the more I wanted to know. I went to the library and did as much research as I could on things like weight and
speed and distance, to no avail. My research skills are relatively weak. Hence the logs into the back of the dump truck.
But I could not help but wonder if we, the humans on this one insignificant speck of dust are the only ones wondering anything. Are we the only
pondering consciousness in the infinite universe? Is this undetectable speck of dust between two grains of sand on the beach totally unique? Are we
the only life? If so, what do we do? Do we do we do the best we can with what we have? Do we look inwards and try to devote ourselves to faith and
belief, or do we, for whatever reason, try to reach the next grain of sand?
[edit on 11-7-2010 by president]