It’s been a while since my last post. I know I say this just about every six months, but I’ve got a family which now consists of myself, my lovely wife, and four cats (less the dog I mentioned last year). It’s a busy life, but these little messages should still come out every now and then, especially considering it appears my readership is higher when I take hiatus for whatever reason.
And speaking of reason (forgive the poorly-done transition), it seems as though it’s a commodity we have to worry about being embargoed. While you sit, casually reading this article, somewhere, for whatever reason, there are those positioning their ships of war in the Bay of Intellect, trying to keep our species from advancing on into a brighter, better future.
This post isn’t going to be about fighting the good fight, and it isn’t going to be about not letting up, or about the disposition of the “enemy,” or about the strategy in ending their blockade. It’s simply a shout-out to what’s at stake.
I’ve been watching a lot of the hit TV sit-com “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s theme song, a goofy little ditty by the Barenaked Ladies, is actually what prompted me to write today. It may just be a silly song introducing a show about socially-awkward intellectuals and their plight of scoring with the ladies, but I can’t listen to it without thinking how meaningful it is.
“Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait…
The Earth began to cool,
The autotrophs began to drool,
Neanderthals developed tools,
We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries,
That all started with the big bang!”
We haven’t been here that terribly long, but we have made some amazing leaps and bounds as a species in this time… and the biggest of these is the progress we’ve made toward understanding where we come from, and how the universe works, and how the two subjects are intertwined. It’s been a struggle, a long, arduous one, and there have been countless people who have dedicated their entire lives to unraveling the mysteries that all started with the Big Bang.
Let’s not ever give up, and let’s not just allow the “other side” to hold us back. I have a feeling that with the recent giant step of discovering (what most likely is) the Higgs Boson and some other things I’ve been keeping up with lately that there are some seriosly amazing days ahead for humanity.