Just saying …
This section deserves a website in its own right because it covers so much. When we talk about our planet what do we mean? I see a wealth of history (planetary and human history), the birth of peoples, cultures and civilisations. The evolution of our planet, the formation of continents, mountains and oceans; a most turbulent past and the spontaneity of life appearing from the primordial chemical soup. Even before that, the formation of our solar system, galaxy and the big bang theory.
Humans have evolved to search for answers always knowing that tomorrow will see the fruition of todays imposibilities. Humans have a purpose hard-wired, to explore and create things. Humans will one day explore space just as people once left shores on ships to traverse the unknown seas.
“A ship is safe in a harbour; but that is not what a ship is for.”
Evolution is a contested concept. The idea that things adapt to their needs over time is easily appreciated and has explained everything for centuries. But I believe things can progress much faster than evolution would allow. The passing of heredity information can also apply to inanimate objects as well as biological. Water has a memory, muscles on your body have memory and our planet too has a memory!
When particles started cooling down, 300,000 years after the big bang, things came together. Things like “forces” came in to being and just about everything was pressed from all sides to end up round shaped. It’s always been a wonder to me that we are told people once believed the world to be flat, did they not look up and wonder how the moon could be so round.
I don’t believe official stories for one bit. My first astronomy book, given to me by my father , informed me that there was only one planet in the universe, yet went on to describe how unimaginably large this universe was. So my first doubt began with a question – “how do they know that”. Today we are identifying hundreds of new planets every year.
When things came together, elements were formed and after that came the beginnings of life, be it a star’s chain reaction, the formation of galaxies, or what can be described as living organisms. Even the vast emptiness of space, what we call the interstellar medium, is not just nothing but a field for study, full of dust and particles. The heat from the big bang, known as background radiation, can still be detected as a constant temperature through the interstellar medium. Space is not just areas of emptiness.
Life is spontaneous and Our Planet proves that. Even though at present it is the only known place in the universe that we know of where organisms exist we can surmise that it cannot be the only place in the universe where this occurs. It is the unimaginable distances between planetary objects that is the frontier that humans need to breach.
When organisms are alive, they do not just pop into existence but are made of something; mass and energy. This comes from our planet. Earth knows it will die when the sun dies, it has sculpted itself and produced life, living things are its creation. In the same way that sands form to create a beach and wild plants to create jungles, planets evolve to produce life, just as stars produce elements that become planets and just as black holes create galaxies.
Our planet is just a spec of a spec of insignificance relative to the universe, yet it has intelligence through its children, humans; yet we see evidence in everything that it is the tiniest of tiniest things that the universe is made from, nothing is insignificant in the universe it would appear. We can see light years back in time and see things that were as they were billions of years ago that have long popped out of existence, yet we still see them, the light is it’s projected energy traversing the cosmos for eternity, never fading. Our technology has mapped out the universe we can see which has given us perspective of how we fit into it all.
Understanding science has shown us that, formation of things from the fermentation of amino acids in the primordial soup that create the building blocks for life to an understanding of the tiniest phenomena at the sub-atomic level. We can exploit energy and harness it, we can unleash energy with the most devastating power, yet we cannot find energy powerful enough to traverse space with any real benefit. This is an ongoing task for the future generations of humans that will reside in our future.
Violent earth forming explosions on our planet gave out gases which organisms thrive on and in turn give back soft gases like oxygen. Organisms in the form of plants and trees also take on these gases and release back oxygen. And oxygen then becomes the life-giver for living creatures. It is a real balancing act for each process and the bio diversity on our planet is the single most important factor for every living thing.
The wildlife and the nature we see today is what is here after many years of species fighting for survival and evolving. It is still the same for all things today. Not for humans, we have survived through knowledge. Out of the Middle ages and into the Victorian era we emphasised engineering and design and revolutionised what we understood by way of materials to build with.
The 1960s gave birth to new sciences as a result of discoveries made, such as plate tectonics and cosmology. Our goals since then have been to learn how to live in space. When that happens we will have a few million years to figure out how to travel vast distances through space. Then our planet will have escaped its fate. In the distant future we will encounter other beings who are also the successful escapees from other planets.
If we traverse a billion light years and discover a billion life sustaining planets, our planet earth would be the one we would have a special bond with, there is an umbilical connection through our common resonating energies. The sun has been burning for about 4.6 billion years and will continue for another five billion years. It is unlikely that the human race will be around then, but the prevailing issue is why we look at the stars but do not appreciate the wonders on earth. There is more likelihood that we will ruin our earth before we leave to explore beyond our solar system.