On Existence

I would like to invite you to watch this video about our universe. It is perhaps the best way to give us all some perspective of who we are and where do we see ourselves in the river of life.

The picture below is of the Laniakea Supercluster. The red dot denotes the Milky Way galaxy where our solar system with our Sun, Moon & Earth is.

 Earth, Solar System, Milky Way (Orion Arm), Local Group, Virgo Supercluster, Laniakea Supercluster, Universe
Earth, Solar System, Milky Way (Orion Arm), Local Group, Virgo Supercluster, Laniakea Supercluster, Universe

And, we have not even scratched the surface of our ‘known universe’ estimated to be 45 billion light years in radius from our Sun. Yes, 45 billion years to reach the estimated edge (of an ever expanding universe) at the speed of light.

If you watched the excellent discussion in the video above then you would have learned that this known universe of ours, is itself just a soap bubble in a sea of bubbles. Each bubble is a universe expanding and all bubbles are ever expanding from each other too.

Are you really so sure of everything?

We, human beings, are a spec of dust in the cosmos. We are fortunate to even be able to grasp some of this reality and yet we carry on our daily lives either in complete oblivion to this reality or in abject disregard of it.

There are 7 billion human beings in a potential landscape of existence of infinite life. Yet, some have convinced themselves that they “know the truth”. That their church, mosque, synagogue or favourite political party will show the way.

Are you really free or do you run circles in the prison of your mind?

Mohsin Siddiqui

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

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