Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Park Bench
The erratic and unpredictable weather we have had these past few years caused me to consider all the hate, discontent, and controversy stirred up by climate alarmists and their critics. In the scheme of things general and trying to look at it from a point of view detached and outside the planet, I am guessing whatever is happening is not even worthy of consideration in the over all combustion and expansion of the Universe.
I think we humans have an over blown notion of just how much influence we have over the planet we live on. And conversely, I don't think we appreciate how much the smallest deviation in the orbit of this rock we call home has on our existence. The planet does not seem to care about what it supports or what it does not support. It does what it does based on influences outside our ability to control. We are nothing but parasites living in the fur of an animal so large, it does not even know we exist.
We could turn the planet inhabitable for our kind and the planet would not care. It has different plans. It marches to a different tune. It just keeps spinning whether there is life here or not. Been spinning for what? .................. Let's see what Wiki says, hmm.
Apparently we have been able to pin down the planet's age to 4.54 billion years, plus or minus 4.54x109 years.............................Well that's an odd equation. Why don't they just call it plus or minus 494.86 years? With the number 4,540,000,000 in mind, rounding the correction up to plus or minus 500 years works for me.
Having no control or even the urge to control what pops into my mind while sipping that first cup of coffee, I pondered the age of the planet some. Yeah 4.54 billion years is a long time. I have to say the Creationist's 5700 to 10,000 years is easier for me to get my head around. But they lose me with the "it only took 7 days to create it all" claim.
God would have to have every excavator in the Universe working 24/7 to create this mudball we call home in 7 days. It couldn't have been a government run project. And as God seems to be held up as our ultimate ruling authority, would that not make God a government if by nothing else, by default? So if God is a government, then any project he gets rolling would take a gajillion years to complete. Just consider the magnitude of say creating a planet held up against the local town council putting in a new park bench in the town square. The council might debate the issue for a year, send out bids for a year, and then debate said bids for a year. Finally a contracter would be chosen and that contracter would put the new bench into their schedule and that might take a year. Imagine this same process as it would relate to creating the Universe. The planet is a much bigger park bench.
So who do I believe?
I gotta tell ya. I decided long ago there are things I should worry about and things I shouldn't. How old this planet is was dropped from the "important' list many years ago. It sits next to "how many JuJubees I could cram in my mouth" question in the category of quickly forgotten passing thoughts.
So I guess, I just don't care how old this planet is. It's here, I'm here. It deals with me as it will and I deal with it the best I can. A match made in Heaven?
Keep it 'tween the ditches................................................
Image from Google images - "creation"