What is the meaning of all this? What is the greater purpose? Why are we here?
Often we are baffled by these questions, trying so hard to understand a deeper meaning.
I’m still fascinated by how this world works. A lot has changed in the last few hundred years, our understanding of reality to the way we treat this life. Now it is more than just trying to survive another day not to get eaten by the predators in the top of the food chain. We want to understand the why's and the what's. This curiosity is the one reason why we are on the top, evolving from a clueless ape to this world dominant being. Ancient life was simpler if you ask me. Earth at the center of the universe, then you have sky or heaven up above, and ground or hell down below. Then dreamers like Copernicus changed the way we see the universe.
Artists and philosophers ruined the way we see this world. They made everything a little more complex and now we look for the meaning of all the uncertainties. Everything has to mean something, from what we feel to the vacant space between the stars. Maybe it is hard-coded into our DNA, to look for meaning, to understand the reality. But what is this reality then? When we look at the bigger picture, our life is nothing but a meaningless event. It starts and ends in a blink, and this loop continues. Still, we dare to dream and look at the stars, wonders about the life beyond.
but when you really think about it we re nothing but stardust of an old age molded by gravity, decaying again but never gone. and slowly remolding into something new.
We look at the stars for answers as if an answer can make all the difference. How? Just another question waiting for another answer.
When I watched Interstellar for the first time, I was thrilled about the possibilities waiting for us in the vast emptiness. All the unexplored dreams, places and time. That is why the first photograph of a black hole is really special and poetic, in a way.
We are searching, searching for something that’s been hiding from us for so long, and we have absolutely no idea what that is. You may wonder why, why this constant curiosity to find things, to find meaning. Maybe it’s not just curiosity, maybe we are afraid of this uncertainty, the unknown, so damn terrified of the things we don’t understand.
On April 10th, 2019, Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration released the first-ever image of a black hole, situated around 53.5 million light-years away in the center of the galaxy M87. This supermassive black hole is about 6.5 billion times the mass of our Sun. It’s been 104 years since Einstein first published his General Theory of Relativity, but we never had a chance to directly observe a black hole. We can detect the black holes by observing the neighboring celestial objects but we cannot see one with our naked eye, because it’s a black hole. You must be wondering now, about how we got the picture then. It turns out, you can actually see the black hole if you zoom in radio wavelengths. This is due to the gravitational lensing of the hot plasma near the black hole. And that is exactly what the more than 200 scientists ( I’m going to call them dreamers), 8 telescopes and an algorithm did. Let’s forget about all the science stuff for a second and try to understand what it really means for us, for the future.
“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you’re lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” -Stephen Hawking
We are dreamers, that is what makes us so special in this whole cosmic mess. We have this amazing ability to create things in our imagination, wondering about all the answers, even though we don’t know the right question, to begin with. Somewhere along the way, we lost our ways. Lost the ability to dream, lost the ability to look up at the stars and wonder about the meaning of all this. We just kept on running, running between places and people, between all the what ifs, collecting all the regrets in the backpack and carrying it to our grave.
We live in a complicated world where everyone is divided based on race, color, gender, religion, ideologies…etc. In a world where everyone is trying to win a war, things like this restore our hope in a better future. Even though, things are complicated it is changing now. More and more people are brave enough to dream and fight for a better world where we are treated equally.
A few lines of codes can change the whole world. Margaret Hamilton proved that with the Apollo Space Program and now Katie Bouman has shown us the same. While multinational companies are using machine learning and artificial intelligence to collect sensitive information to create ads and making us slaves to this dopamine consumerism, people like Katie is showing us the infinite possibilities of artificial intelligence and about how we can use it to the advancement of human beings.
This is why people like Elon Musk is a great inspiration for our generation. He moved away from the typical silicon valley money making start-up to one with a future vision. Making us into believing that the future is more colorful than we think. Mars colonization is the next big step in human history and artificial intelligence is the next big step in human evolution. This is not just about making life simpler and smarter, this is about pushing our limit to make all the crazy dreams a reality. Human beings are never meant to live and die on this tiny blue planet, even if our life ends in a blink of an eye, we can accomplish a lot of things and inspire a lot of people. Maybe that is more important than the ultimate truth or the meaning. Maybe that is why we’re here…
Do you know why I love stars? They represent something extraordinary. It is like staring right into the past life of something that happened long before our existence. It questions our understanding of time, this is nothing but a universe that existed in different parts of the time. Some a few minutes before, some few hours, some thousands and some may not even exist at this moment. In the grand stage of things, our now is nothing but a collage of a past that no longer exists. We are so damn foolish, thinking we need words to tell what we feel when the universe does a better a job with this darkness and flickering lights
“Perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. That we’ve barely begun. That our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us. That our destiny lies above us.” - Interstellar
So, lately I've had this thing going on where a favorite song remains stuck in my head until I write my own lyrics to it. Last time, it was "My Immortal," by Evanescence. If you want to check out my version, it's titled "No Goodbyes." Anyway, this time, the song that's been stuck in my head is "The A Team," by Ed Sheeran. I absolutely love the song because it manages to be both hopeful and hopeless at the same time. Plus, I just like the sound of it. Of course, it deals with some pretty heavy subject matters: homelessness, drug use, and prostitution. I have no frame of reference for any of that, and I can't begin to imagine the loneliness, the isolation, the desperation, and the feelings of worthlessness. Truly heartbreaking. My heart goes out to anyone facing such difficult situations. So, this piece is quite different from my standard fare in regard to the subject matter; but the song kept calling to me, so I've done my best to depict a day in the life of such an individual. If you aren't familiar with it, the flow of this piece will seem pretty peculiar. If you are familiar with it, then my version should flow similarly. I'm calling it "Broken Dreams." I've rewritten the entire song with my own words. Thank you for reading. Blessings, Carolyn
Broken Dreams by Carolyn Glackin Used up, broken Her sorrow goes unspoken While selling love for tokens
Morning, too bright Such harshness in the daylight She only thrives at night
[chorus 1] And she's waiting For that somebody amazing To set her heart a-blazing Soul gazing But it seems that he never comes Nothing here but derelicts and bums And as always the bed awaits Yeah it waits... If she wants to get paid
Hunger intrudes But she isn't in the mood And there's never any food
Stacks of bills unpaid She leaves them for another day When some money comes her way
[chorus 2] And maybe There's someone out there waiting To call her their own baby Just maybe So she waits for a day That never comes Sells her love to derelicts and bums Cause it's cold out tonight... tonight Yeah it's cold out tonight And she wants to be inside
She lights the pipe Glowing in the moonlight Suddenly the world is right
Sweet salvation Without hesitation But no self preservation
[chorus 3] Now she's sailing She's in the sky star gazing So free, so liberating Amazing If she could just have A second chance She'd find herself a sweet romance A decent job, a place to live There must be more To life than this... But for now she's got her pipe Tonight And everything's alright Tonight. Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018. Image found on Pinterest.