Good Morning, God!
I thought this was a beautiful photo . . . but it turned out to be a painting. Still, it is gorgeous! The Heavens DO declare Your Glory! It is sad that we hardly ever get to see the marvels of a starry night anymore. We are urban dwellers and our own manmade lights blind us to the spectacle of Your vast array of stars. I remember being up in the San Bernadino mountains as a young person and standing outside gawking at how there were more stars than darkness. Now it is exciting if I can spot the Milky Way.
Hmmm. I wonder if we will be able to really SEE the stars when we are up at Sequoia. I hope so.
But, I digress, God. I wanted to talk about the Top Physics Story of the Year. Apparently, our Keck telescope and the European Southern Observatory’s Very-Large-Telescope in Peru, were studying 153 quasars and it seems that billions of years ago the structural constant Alpha was different. Now, God, I read this article several times and I still can’t tell if it was bigger or smaller. In fact, I can only quote their definition of Alpha: “a fundamental measure of the strength of the electron’s hold on atoms.”
It isn’t interesting to me because it MEANS anything — it is interesting because the constant seem to have varied. Ah, God, we construct our view of the Universe so diligently. And yet, things like this “happen” and we have to readjust. As in Science, so in Life, God. And once again, I am “nudged” toward Humility. Humility keeps us flexible — or is the right word, fluid? That doesn’t mean jumping from One Certainty to Another — so much as entering a deep compassionate perspective on ourselves and others and our Universe — YOUR UNIVERSE!