earthweal EWC — every atom…

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Every atom gets its chance to be every thing.

When the Chinese call it the 10,000 things, I thought it was just an expression to encompass all, no matter how many. What I know now is that the term is talking about opportunity rather than quantity. In the beginning, when atoms were trying to figure out how every one could get a chance to be every thing, they had to develop a system where they could be endlessly recycled into a finite set of forms.

How is it that out of all of the zillions of atoms that comprise the known universe, many of them common out there, beyond the bounds of our atmosphere, we have a closed system? The sun acts as a giant battery, and the planets and satellites in our solar system hold us spinning pretty much in place.

Did the atoms come up with this plan? Or are we like a cosmic snow globe that was constructed to be shaken once in awhile for the entertainment of our makers? Did our makers set up betting sheets to see how long we would last? Or are we just one maker’s science project? Will we win them a prize? Or will we be an embarrassment that ends us up in an interstellar landfill.

Opportunity
of endless lifetimes?
Or final winter?

 

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Brendan is today’s host of earthweal‘s weekly challenge.  Brendan wants us to write on gifts.  Just before I read Brendan’s wonderful, illuminating essay on strawberries, a gift of an idea came to me.  No idea where it came from but like Brendan becoming reacquainted with trees, the idea felt so familiar but different this time.

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Ingrid says:

    Such deep, unfathomable questions! When I witness the rise to power of characters like Trump, I do sometimes wonder if we are the butt of some cosmic joke…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      If ever there was a global wakeup moment, we are at it.

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  2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Hey you never know…we could be the cream of the crop! lol

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You never know! I think the maker did ok. We just need to get our damned acts together and get back to the garden.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Yea that garden….and all politicians are snakes….

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      2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        or serpents!

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  3. Sadje says:

    Very interesting thoughts.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        Always a pleasure

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  4. memadtwo says:

    The ultimate question. Perhaps we are just a mathematical equation with multiple solutions. Which one will we choose? (K)

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  5. I love your questions, Lisa.

    -David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. What’s your theory on it?

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      1. For the most part, I don’t have a theory, other than it makes somewhat more sense to me that there is a supernatural force that created the world than that there was a big bang. But – why did this force create the world? I have no way of knowing that.

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  6. judeitakali says:

    Very deep thoughts Jade

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jude, lots of time to think these days 😦

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      1. judeitakali says:

        My pleasure 🌼
        Why these days?

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Pandemic plague mandating isolation mostly.

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          1. judeitakali says:

            Oh, it’s become so normal I’d forgotten.☹️😭

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