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When a blind person walks down the street, they swing their white cane, gently tapping the ground to identify the type of terrain, its levelness, and if there are obstacles.
The blind person knows exactly where they’re walking and what’s on their left and right.
Their sense of hearing and smell are at a high pitch so that they can pick up the minutest indications, that’s the bakery on the left, and now there’s a vendor selling chestnuts, that’s a Honda motorcycle that just went by. He sure is traveling fast, that parked car just got here because the heat coming off the engine is fierce.
(Origin of the Universe, Preface 1)
By comparison, you and I, with our sharp vision, stroll along and don’t notice a thing; it’s the same old routine, getting to the station or work each day. Some days you get there, and you can’t even remember HOW you got there! You don’t even recall the stoplight or highway; you’re oblivious, you do it out of sheer habit, without even thinking.
We lead our lives like that too, we listen, but we don’t hear, we see, but we don’t grasp, we smell, but we don’t savor, we taste but we don’t flavor, we touch, but we don’t feel. We’re blind to our environment.
Inventory of the Universe
Inventory of the Universe, the first book of The Explanation series, revealed what is to our left and right. It awakened us to the intricacies of our Universe, the vastness of outer space, and the minuteness of fundamental particles. It made us aware of the interplay between space, atmosphere, water, and land, the inanimate aspect of those visible and invisible waves, and particles around us.
It focused us on the animate world of flora, fauna, and humankind with their multi-functioning processes of life that generate, maintain, and reproduce themselves. It zeroed in on the mind, to reveal its complexity in running the most sophisticated of computers, the human brain, with the incredible mental and intellectual capacities we possess. Porpoises can’t play poker; humans can.
Inventory gave us insight and brought home all those daily objects around us we’ve always taken for granted. It awakened our senses to hear, grasp, savor, flavor, and feel the beating of our environment. It roused us to different terrains under our feet; it stirred us up to the throbbing in our neighborhood, country, and beyond.
Inventory of the Universe is our white cane, if we’re blind, to tap around and make us aware of really what surrounds us. Only then will our eyes begin to be opened, and we’ll start to see where we’re going and where this world is going.
The seeing person is lost, the blind person knows where they are.
The ‘supposedly’ blind person actually ‘sees’ more and is more sensitive than the 20/20 person.
The book, Inventory of the Universe, takes stock of ALL things physical and non-physical. It considers the visible and invisible that humans investigate concerning their nanoscopic and telescopic environment. All the blind spots become visible. This investigation into space, atmosphere, water, and land is still pushing humans into the confines of the tiniest particles and the outer limits of space to the edge of the Universe.
When it comes to the animate: flora, fauna, life, and humankind itself, humans are now pushing hard at the last frontier: their brain and mind. Humans have reached into their very own thoughts, perceptions, consciousness, and unconscious depths. There is no doubt that more fascinating discoveries are on the horizon.
The minuteness and immensity of sizes and shapes of sheer matter on earth and in space defy the imagination. I compared it to a puzzle with intricate pieces that fit together precisely and perfectly, with each piece occupying its unique position. They may seem to collide with each other but instead are collaborating in a fine-tuned equilibrium that allows humanity here on Earth to exist and, one would hope, thrive.
Inventory of the Universe turned over all the pieces of the puzzle. It took you on a whirlwind tour of our universe from the Big Bang to the mind of Humankind. It opened up eyes that were more or less blind.
This post is an excerpt from Preface 1 of Origin of the Universe.
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