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In researching the formation of earth, I went down a wormhole on the NASA website that ultimately led me to this video: TIMELAPSE OF THE FUTURE: A Journey to the End of Time
WOW! It projects the future at an exponentially increasing rate of speed from the year 2019 through the end of time. It is lengthy (I guess it takes a while to travel through virtual eternity!), but it's mind-blowing. I recommend the entire video, but even if you watch just the first couple minutes, it is thought-provoking.
It's also a lot to grasp – both intellectually and emotionally. In the existence of the universe, only during pinpoint periods of time, can intelligent life exist -- and here we are! The point in time when time ceases to exist (or at least becomes irrelevant) is hard to comprehend. The thought of creating or jumping to a parallel universe is mind bending. This video left me feeling the simultaneous pertinence and insignificance of this moment.
A speck of time:
a flag flutter,
a leaf turn,
a minnow ripple,
each particle of now,
will not exist
in the future.
Nothing will be
as it is now
in the next
I offer these minnows for your consideration. : )
Time is fleeting! Enjoy this Poetry Friday by visiting Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup!