Blog #15: Random thoughts on a Good Friday

Notebook Apr 10, 2015 at 3:34 pm

By Hermie Garcia

April 3, 2015

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe

What can be a more dreary holiday than a Good Friday? Unless you are a religious person who attends religious rituals on a holiday like this, what can you do other than catch up with unfinished domestic tasks, clean up your desk (It’s spring, remember?), randomly read a book, or maybe think random thoughts?

Talking about random thoughts, I remember a philosophy teacher in university way back when I was a student at the University of the Philippines (Diliman). He was considered one of the brightest (or weirdest) professors in the campus academic community then. When not in class, he would wander around the then Arts and Science building and strike a conversation with friends and strangers and talk philosophy. His favourite subjects were Jean Paul Sartre and existentialism. He wrote and collected witticisms and showed them to his friends who enjoyed reading them. These short gems of wisdom from the guy were not all philosophical, though his favourite topics were French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and existentialism. Many times he wrote about mundane things but would give them a philosophical explanation. If I remember right, his collection was later published in a book.

I thought of the professor because if he were alive today, he would definitely be blogging away his thoughts and ideas so more people than he could imagine would benefit from it and enjoy it. That’s one undisputable wonder of our time. Your message or thought can reach millions all over the globe in seconds and you can have the power of a mass influencer to an unimaginable extent.

But I digress. Going back to random thoughts, when I started or re-started blogging last month, I was scared that I would run out of topics before I could complete the 21-Day Blogging Challenge. But I did start anyway. Remember this concept or idea — Stare fear in the eye and do what you fear anyway — or something to that effect. (Or the more popular one — The only thing to fear is fear itself — whatever that means.) Well, that’s what I did and I found out I could do it — blog everyday. Miss a day but compensate by blogging twice next day.)

Again I digress. Yes, random thoughts. So I developed this habit of taking a look at the images in the “unbelievable facts” website, look for a theme like brain or money, post them and make quick comments in my blog. The philosophy professor must have been in my subconscious then. But that habit started after I had written long blogs on heavy topics like poverty, unemployment and inequality in natural disasters. So that’s the origin of this habit of researching images and making random comments. But just like the professor, you can’t make a fool of yourself by making foolish comments. That’s the easiest way to lose your readers. So, maybe that’s where the heavy lifting lies. You have to make sense in your comments so your readers or followers will find value in what you write.

So here we go.

Largest Gallaxy

100 trillion stars. 6 million light years. We’re talking one galaxy, the largest though, in the observable universe. This is already mind-boggling. Stephen Hawking, the planet earth’s foremost genius, has written about the possibility of a “multiverse” meaning there’s more than one universe.

That’s how small our planet earth is when you consider the galaxies and the universes. And human beings are a tiny, tiny, tiny, infinitely tiny, when you consider the physical dimensions. So when you’re confronted with issues, problems and stresses in life, think about the galaxies and the universes. Your life issues are small they’re virtually nothing. As a book title says, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”.

Yet what is amazing is we can observe, study and make sense of what we see with our human brain. Our brain is so powerful we can feel what is falsely suggested to us. Check this next image:

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