Everything. Every one of us, connected to every other thing and every other person in some relatable way – we breathe the same air (earth has been recycling the same air and water for 4.543 billion years). Except for the material landing here (asteroids, meteors and comets) or leaving (satellites, rockets and space stations) all material we have and every cell in everyone’s body is material we’ve had on earth that long. Therefore, we are all in some way 4.5 billion years old and made from the very basic materials.
Headlines exclaim surprise and new discoveries that will change life as we know it but so often these new discoveries they make are not inventions so much as uncovering what existed all along. For instance, that recent discovery of a black hole. Theorized in 1916, black holes aren’t new. Their old – but when we say a picture from the Event Horizon Telescope on April 10th this year it as a ‘new discovery’. A black hole, as I understand it, is like a giant drain hole that sucks (gravitational collapse) solar systems and galaxies into ‘pre-big bang’ forms. Not understanding physics well I’ll stop there with explaining it – because my point is, these things have existed for billions of years. Our learning of them is new, but their existence is so very old.
What does this teach, if anything, about how we understand each other?
I am curious to know more about people and how they work – that is fresh, always …