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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Rewriting the past ...

When I was a young child with an interest in astronomy, I was fascinated by the facts I learned about the universe ranging from the composition of the planets of our solar system, the nature of stars and the idea of a big bang. However, one of the most intriguing fact I learned was that since it takes millions of years for light to reach us from stars and galaxies far away, the night sky we see today is made up of stars and galaxies that might have disappeared or changed. Or exploded!

The universe as we see it now is not as it is now. Think about it. But why am I bringing this up now? Perhaps it’s because I do feel like that boy who would peer from his telescope at night in the hope of getting some answers. Or may be it’s the realisation that I remain alone in this journey of life. Not that it’s really sad but rather it’s like you know that, in truth, nobody knows you and if you’re not careful, you might forget where you came from.

In the process, you stumble onwards risking losing direction or making the same mistakes. This post might sound obscure and it is in many ways. However, at its core, it is about a hidden longing within. A desire to understand the past, or to reach out to someone else – even for a moment. For in contemplating the cosmic past, my humanity’s past and my past life, I perceive a continuity of sorts. The passage of matter into life, of life into consciousness. And to self-awareness. Finally, to culminate in the sharing of each other in our communities and in our societies.

We might wish to change our past. But the fact remains the past makes us who we are today. There are things I would have liked to have done differently. Stars, which turned into black holes. And the future is not always in our control. Yet, one fact is sure – we cannot live through this life alone. At least, that’s how I feel about it..