What Moves You?
Studying astronomy is giving me a whole new perspective on life. Although I've always been aware of and fascinated by our infinite universe, I never really took the time to educate myself about it. Sure, I've seen pictures of our galaxy, and I've learned a bit from those cute little models that the kids made in elementary school. I've seen videos of the first man on the moon; a few pictures of planets; photos of the Earth from space, but that's about it. Other than that, I pretty much sit here in the middle of inexplicable phenomena -- balanced perfectly amidst forces and chemicals -- planets, and stars -- surrounded by a belt of meteors (which, by the way, seem to be aiming for us lately) -- and I somehow manage to simplify life to that which I can conjure up in my mind or that which this tiny little world tells me is true. Crazy.
One thing that really intrigues me in class is the concept and reality that everything in the universe is in motion. The Earth, the planets, the stars, the chemicals, the forces -- all of it -- everything out there is in motion! Nothing is static. I get exhausted just thinking about it! My life continues as the physical organs work and move -- the stars live on as their chemicals continue to fuse -- gravity is constantly at work; just a constant necessary force -- and round and round it all goes beating, fusing, pulling, pushing, falling, spinning, rotating, revolving... AWESOME. The interesting thing is that all of the motion has purpose. It's all working to sustain or create new life. The universe isn't just a random set of movements that create chaos -- it's beautiful, awesome, and ordered motion -- constantly creating new entities the majority of which we will probably never know.
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