We are told by people who know, if anyone actually knows, that ninety-five percent of the cosmos is made up of Dark Matterand Dark Energy.No really, these are not Marvel Comic characters but the composition of everything!
Stay with me here, even if physics is not your thing. The big concepts are easy enough to comprehend (which is why I can even write about them). It is the details of it all that are bewildering and way beyond my paygrade.
Dark matter gathers things together, creating or assisting as it does, gravity. Dark energy is its opponent, a repulsive antigravity force trying to stretch the cosmos like a rubber band. The thing is, neither of these whoa-nelly, super-stupendous, almost as gargantuan as God forces can be studied. Not exactly. We cannot touch, see, or stir them up to measure their reactions. We can’t even taste or hear them. I know, that makes them seem suspect, right?
But astronomers and physicists know about dark matter because what we can see, visible matter, does not have enough gravitational force on its own to hold galaxies together. There must be something else, and unseen dark matter is composed of it, they say. At the other end of the spectrum, dark energy is indicated by the fact that the universe is expanding outwardly, at an ever-increasing rate even. Working against gravity, dark energy is pulling galaxies apart.
It turns out, according to these very smart people and their computer generated mathematical models, that the stuff we can actually see, touch, hear, taste, and smell – visible matter– makes up only five percent of the cosmos! Yep, everything we see and know is only five percent.
Now some people may have difficulty accepting this view of the big picture, but I don’t. My acquiescence is not because I have a clue about the science. But, as God says to the Biblical character Job in a marvelous scene in which God mercilessly rubs Job’s ignorance in his face, “I am God and you are not.” I realize how little I know.
Actually, I take that back. I do not even realize how little I know, and that allows me to give some credence to those smart astronomers and physicists. But what I do have a problem with is that bland, over-used, glib throw-away line people use, “everything happens for a reason.”
Really? Everything happens for a reason? Give me a break.
There may be a cause and effect relationship between actions and reactions in the universe, although I would still hold out for random, free-floating radical events too. But to say that everything happens for a reason is only a dirty sock we stuff into the big, leaky hole in our knowledge. We would rather use an explanation without knowledge than live with our ignorance. We are more comfortable with platitudes and anesthetizing words without knowledge, than embracing real holes in our data. In other words, we prefer to make stuff up.
It may seem like a small, innocuous saying to write a rant about, especially when people often say it without thought, but it is hazardous to our thinking. We have enough hazardous thinking as it is.