Each one of the fuzzy white bits in the photo above is a galaxy containing billions of stars and thus many, many life-forms, all at various stages of evolution. This statement is derived from the work of thousands of intellectuals using the powers of observation and deduction available to us all.
Tonight there was a show highlighting bits of the top BBC show, Doctor Who.
It was a reminder, for me, of the most cataclysmic scene, from the final (proper) episode called Journey’s End, where “The Doctor” has to wipe the mind of Donna, his companion, to save herself from going mad. (this was because she’d inherited his Time-Lord powers in the picture here, which are too much for a human).
This scene I can fully empathise with because of my own experience of an under-active thyroid gland which removed my powers of intellect and concentration, and almost removed my concept of “self”, before I was diagnosed. At the time, when I was recovering, I called it my “Flowers for Algernon” experience.
“Flowers for Algernon” is an all-time great science fiction story. Charlie Gordon, the story-telling diarist, like Donna Noble in Doctor Who, and like myself earlier, we were all crushingly aware of the powers we once had, but now were losing, visibly.
In many respects, it’s much worse than death. People sometimes worry about death and try not to think about it, hoping it will go away. Myself, I’ve always pondered it, sometimes to gloomy distraction. It’s like the great unknown.
Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.
With this, I fully agree, and can thus explain away my gloomy dallyings with the words of one of the greatest thinkers of all time.
Nichiren, the Buddhist monk of a later age said;
Life at each moment permeates the entire realm of phenomena and is revealed in all phenomena. To be awakened to this principle is itself the mutually inclusive relationship of life at each moment and all phenomena. – WND page 3, On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime
I think that with this in mind, for my next existence I’ll go somewhere different to this Earth….
Since I’ve been born I’ve always felt ‘old’, as if I’m returning here to ‘fix’ something, a devoir-faire.
Maybe I’ll be in these red centres of creation, a truly glorious image emphasising the hydrogen clouds.
It’s truly a great privilege to be able to go out on an evening and stare at our night sky and the Milky Way, pondering on the gems that must exist, both in front of our eyes and those ones hidden by vast distance.