250 Miles Per Breath

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“As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.”.

Order of Morning Prayer–Ancient Roman Catholic Liturgy

Free Will?

Can you stop time? Fall up? Not sleep? Never eat? Lick your elbows?

It’s been an endless fight ever since Old Faithful was young and wandered.

Some say God is Eternal and destiny Luck of the Draw.

Now entering the ring comes Steven Hawking, wearing no trunks, but occupying the Newton Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge University in Oxford. Make that the Newton Wheelchair. Since his mid-twenties, Mr. Hawking has been a victim of Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He is our modern day Einstein. His intellectual capacity and power is unmatched in This Place. He is generally regarded as the smartest man on the planet.

Hawking speaks through a computerized voice synthesizer.

And says –

“The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. Is man determined? Yes! But since we do not know what is determined, he may as well not be.”

Hmmmmmm.

Hawking concludes inconclusively.

Fuck!

This Place.

We balance in perfectly planetary alignment. Above is the Sun, while beyond orbit frigid sister planets. Below churns the molten core of an Earth upon which we rest in cool comfort, between Fire and Ice.

We’re moving two hundred and fifty miles per second (one quick breath) in our annual journey around the Sun, and that doesn’t factor an expansion of the Universe which may even exceed the speed of light.

“Hang On, Sloopy” — The McCoys (1965)

“Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.” Genesis 3:19

We are pure stardust.

We cooled four billion years ago when Earth was formed.

We’ll be free again in another four billion years when the Sun runs out of hydrogen and becomes a giant red star.

This Place is in between.

We monkeys haven’t been in charge of This Place very long. It took hundreds of generations thousands of years to guess our planet has more sides than one. You’d think the Moon might provide the clever with a clue.

In one of his more wildly optimistic moments, noted Astronomer/Scientist/Pot Smoker Carl Sagan once calculated chances of the human race avoiding self-extermination through a full nuclear exchange at less than one percent.

It’s become so fashionable to ignore the obvious.

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