Sunday, March 22, 2015
by Fred Brill
It is remarkable to realize that for the vastness that can only be described today as infinity, how incredible this tiny little dot in the universe our planet Earth truly is.
The perfect blue of a sky on a warm spring day. The warmth of the sun in a cool breeze. The green of the grass, soft on the ground to cushion a bare foot.
All the pieces so perfectly crafted.
Even in a barren dessert there is the beauty of the reds and browns of the sands sculpted by the wind and baked by the sun.
Even in the middle of the vastest of oceans, the shades of the blues and rhythm of the waves dictated by the Moon some 238,860 miles above.
The caps of the world, more barren than the desserts comprised only of ice and snow, are beautiful in their lights and shadows.
Masterfully designed, perfectly crafted, brilliant in their inception, and flawless in execution.
The physicist will tell you that all of this is a result of extreme luck – the laws of motion and gravity and probability all calculated in one big bang 13.8 billion years ago.
The spiritualist will tell you that it is all God in every second of every flutter of a butterfly's wing. That this was all done for man, for man's benefit, and that the world did not even exist before man was here to experience it.
If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
"The vibration of the force of the fall would impact the atoms of the matter in the surrounding objects to cause an effect" would state the physicist.
"If it wasn't heard, then what does it matter?" would state the cleric.
Me? I think the answer lies someplace in the middle.
I think there is an intelligent creator, responsible for all that we know now.
But not sitting right above us, not involved in every nuance of every action.
His break is very important as he shoots the cue ball into the mass of balls on the other side of the table.
Yet he knows where to aim and how hard to hit and what type of spin to use to achieve the result – precisely planned but seemingly chaotic movement of the mass of balls all reacting to each other as they bump off each other and the rails of the table - to finally rest in a position.
Where the billiards player can now pick the right order to easily make each shot.
And he makes it look so easy.
The balls all go where he wants – but his impact is only the split second that the tip of his cue – a cue shaped and chalked to his design – hit's the white cue ball. Everything else results from that precise strike.
Think a golfer who needs to sink his golf ball in the hole that more than five football fields away, and he needs to do so striking that ball only three times to score an eagle.
Like the billiard player, the golfer only controls the result at that precise moment he strikes the ball. After that, the laws of physics take over.
And so, in that same fashion, it seems to me to be completely viable – that a grand intelligence – a deity if you wish – God by any name you choose – made the most miraculous shot when triggering that big bang – patient for the resulting billions of years – to see how that shot would work out – and is still playing out.
God looked at the Sun and said, "That's a beauty"
God looked at the Earth and said to himself "Nice shot. And I got the moon just right too".
God looked at Mars and maybe he said "crap, I overshot all the water to Earth".
Remember, all the balls are still in motion from that one shot almost 14 billion years before.
The result we will never know.
The original intention and target of that shot, we will never know.
But we have and will continue to derive answers that for now satisfy our desire to know a truth.
Maybe there is still a big asteroid that was set in motion in that same shot that is out there still spinning it's way around the gravity pulls of other planets and suns in other surrounding solar systems not yet on the final swing towards striking Earth – and resulting in that miraculous shot where some of the oxygen and water and particles that would comprise life – would then also wind up on Mars afterward.
And then God, who had been waiting 14 billion years to see his result – would give a little shriek of joy and high five himself, and confirm to himself yet again ...
"I love this game".
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