Lost in time

We are lost in time. Time runs too slowly for us for some things, and too fast for others.

Celestial events take ages to happen. What you see now in the sky won’t change for hundreds of thousands of years. This is enough for 5,000 human consecutive lives, if we consider an average human. Did you know that a galactic year, which is the time our solar system needs to orbit once around the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, is something about 250 million years? It means last time our solar system was in the same position into the galaxy we had dinosaurs walking around. Even with the extraordinary speed it is happening, which is 828,000 km/h, approximately 20 times the escape speed, which we already struggle to reach.

Our galaxy is also in movement, is moving towards Andromeda, at almost 400,000 km/h. So basically even if you are reading this seated, relatively, you are travelling in space at ultra-fast speeds. But it doesn’t mean that something will happen any time soon. It will, one day, probably our galaxy will be ‘dancing’ in the sky with Andromeda till both merge into a bigger galaxy. We saw recently that some guys just managed to listen to distortions into space-time caused by gravity waves. It will probably happen as well. And we won’t be here to see it. Because it will happen so far away in the future that our society, our humanity, our species probably won’t be here anymore.

We can see just an absolutely-small slice of the whole thing, imagine that if the Earth was formed at midnight and the present moment is the next midnight, 24 hours later, modern humans have been around since 11:59:59pm — 1 second. And if human history itself spans 24 hours from one midnight to the next, 14 minutes represents the time since Christ.

The same thing applies to things that happen into atomic level, studied by Quantum Mechanics. Atoms do stuff so fast that we need ultra-advanced machines to read the data. We still don’t know much about a lot of things. Maybe because of the time constraint.

Our universe is so huge and contains things that are so small at the same time that we just can’t comprehend it. It is not insane to say we will never be able to, because of various reasons, maybe not enough technology, maybe our brains are just not smart enough. Maybe because time runs too fast for these things, meanwhile too slow for others.

And we are lost in the middle.

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Originally published at thyago.net on February 17, 2016.