memo to earth species H. sapiens

Let us find our place:   on our knees in awe, wonderment and humility.


Earth, Jupiter and Venus seen from Mars

Consider that:

– You can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum.

– As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy.

– 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you.”

– The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star.

– Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato.

– The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist.

So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it.

This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Source: NASA Lunar Science Institute

Image: Earth, Jupiter and Venus, seen from Mars

Thanks to: love is a place

I posted this to Facebook a year ago.  It’s been circulating again recently and since many readers of this blog don’t ‘do’ Fb I decided to share it here as well.   It’s a keeper.
Where, in this whirling mix of cosmic biomaterial and activity can a solid, changeless self be found?  If such an entity can’t be found, what KNOWS this?

6 thoughts on “memo to earth species H. sapiens

  1. everything here is not what it seems….even all the scientific instruments that give us all this information are in turn limited by their range of view
    ….all is mystery

    • Yes, Milo. So true. “…all is mystery.”

      And “mystery” (or whatever we call the Unknowable) adores exploring itself via itself in the guise of scientists and sages, philosophers and artists…

      For this old waffler, anything that delivers one again, legless, to the Great Matter (see my PS) gets a bow.

      So do you.

  2. Thanks MLS for sharing this most important, truly foundational memo! Without a shade of a doubt, this is the first thing that should be taught in schools from the earliest age, then science.

    • Thanks for commenting, Laura x

      Imagine if little ones had these facts explained to them by wise parents, even before reaching school age.

      Where are the wise parents – and teachers?

      Schooling, by and large, serves to endorse separation and self-interest. All in the interests of commerce, of course. Sigh.

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