Thursday, March 20, 2014

Awesome in the Mundane

Lots of times, we come across facts that make us awe at the brilliance of life and ingenuity of nature and get back the next moment to complain about petty things like a tree blocking the road. I like reality because of how quickly it flutters back and forth between awesome and mundane. Very schrodinger's cat.

For example, In 1903 the Wright brothers flew for 59 seconds. 38 years later the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. 28 years after that, we landed on the moon. We went from gliding a few feet off the ground for less than a minute to launching rockets out of orbit, traveling for hundreds of thousands of miles, landing on the moon, and then returning, all within a single lifetime.

...And we still don't have a working hovercraft model.
The world is filled with these overlooked facts that the large part of population doesn't care about. Cleopatra lived closer in time to the first Moon landing than to the building of the Great Pyramid. There are some facts that are both bizarre and plain ordinary.

Some things on the other hand, are invisible until you step back and look at the bigger picture. You cannot make sense of these seemingly random happenings quite easily, even you're looking for them. The drug Voltarin causes people to be eaten by Leopards! Voltarin was given to cows. When the cows died, Vultures ate the cows. Voltarin killed vultures. 99% of Vultures in India gone by 2008. No Vultures - wild dog population explodes as they eat dead cows. Then the Leopard population explodes as they eat wild dogs. Leopards enter villages looking for dogs and eat people. That's one cruel butterfly effect.

Now look at the moon. It is hard to imagine that something as inconspicuous as the moon that has shit all to
offer to the eyes besides having craters, craters, craters, Nazi war-camp, craters, craters. But now imagine this, the moon you're looking, every human being that saw it saw the same moon. From Hitler to Napoleon to Mother teresa to Ganghis Khan.And not only the same moon, but the same side of the moon.

Sometimes, I sit somewhere and look at people whizzing past me, and guess how they come to be where they are. What their day was like and what profession they
 belong to. Everything that we see has a story, from the zipper to a diamond. It is just a matter of curiosity to go look for it.

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