The news broke this week that scientists had finally discovered gravitational waves, or ripples, that prove what Einstein predicted decades ago in his theories about space and time. I’ve always enjoyed astronomy, but I freely admit that when it comes to astrophysics I’m out of my element. I’ve never taken a physics course, and my understandings of physics are very rudimentary. However, this lack of deep understanding does not dampen my enjoyment of this discovery.
Whenever science is able to discover something new about the universe that we inhabit as human beings, I stand in awe. No matter what you believe about the creation of the universe, or the influence of a divine being, being able to unravel the secrets of how life and time and space all come together is an amazing moment in history. The more that we uncover about the reality in which we live, the more we move towards being a greater species of life in this vast universe. Being able to understand the complexities of how reality is put together, at a cosmic level, elevates us in the grand scheme of all of existence.
These discoveries, large and small alike, are steps in the evolution of humankind, and despite my ignorance of the technical details, I love observing it. Which brings me to another interesting post I read on Facebook today, from a friend of mine. He made a humorous comment that said, “Everyone wants to live forever, but consider that without mortality there would have been no dead parrot sketch…” Despite the obvious, that life without the dead parrot sketch would be much less rich, I personally don’t think eternal life would result in endless ennui. In fact, I often think about how amazing it would be to be able to observe humanity for thousands of years into the future.
Perhaps that fascination would quickly turn to sadness and disgust if humanity were to tear itself apart, as many apocalyptic tales would have you believe. But what if humanity were to continue on a path of discovery that results in greater and greater understanding of the universe, like the realities that were uncovered today? What if you could watch and observe as humanity moved closer and closer to being a wholly enlightened species? I think even *I* would give up the dead parrot sketch for that opportunity.