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Appreciation and Gravitational Waves
Recently there was much thrill for the proof of a theory thanks to the detection of gravitational
waves. A headline I saw read, “What can we learn from gravitational waves?” Even my coworker, Amber, popped the question “Why is this
discovery so important?
The amount of understanding Einstein brought to plain mathematical or
theoretical views of many of the laws and phenomenon’s that affect our universe is definitely unparalleled. I am in no way trying
to pretend to be a physicist.
After reading the article written by a person with a PhD in quantum
physics, I was thankful my response to Amber was correct. I told her that it is like when we learned 1+1=2. This concept permitted
us to further understand more complex formulas postulated in more advanced math and by default understand in more depth this world
I got curious and looked up the space/time concept. After reviewing a couple articles
and credible videos that explained this more clearly, I have decided to use the analogy that best I saw putting it in perspective.
First let’s think of the whole concept time and space being depicted as a film reel where there
are many frames put in sequence. Each frame represents a still picture. The still picture represents time or the now. If we were a
dot represented on this frame, it would show our location in space within Space/time. Moving the reel, like in a film, would seem
to the observer as a continuum of Space and time. That leaves a good question, “Is space/time all existent already?”
In another article by NASA titled “Pulsar Web Could Detect Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves,” space/time is described as a “fabric
of space” and that gravitational waves cause ripples that are felt throughout the universe.
the departure of my uncle recently, I could see how his passing also sent out ripples that affected the time and space of many. What
was the lesson learned? All our loved ones have polished gems that have been proven by time. These aged sages of their trade have
much to share. I have noticed how much of their learned and proved experience, when applied, serves to send me through warp speed
in the space/time of my personal growth.
Should it take catastrophe for humans to feel appreciation?
I do not know. Should it take national holidays for humans to show appreciation? I do not know. Do emotions, comfort, and knowledge
interfere in the possible manifestation of appreciation?
I do not know what an Iranian refugee
will eat tomorrow. I do not know why the president used a gray suit today. The truth is the aspect of my physical youth will fade
and there is no external beautification that will do much justice. I am working on the internal me, appreciating the gems shared by
all and applying them to my life. My hope is that in my time and space, the interaction with all, will bring more harmony as we all
surf these gravitational waves in this every moving continuum.