I often get frustrated by the illusion of permanence which most people seem oblivious to. From my window I frequently get to observe three objects which illustrate this point: the Moon, Castle Rock and Edinburgh Castle.
None of these things have existed since the beginning of the universe. The moon is some 4 billion years old and was probably created when a large body smashed into the Earth (almost destroying it). Castle Rock is a rocky outcrop, formed some 350 million years ago by volcanic activity. And finally Edinburgh Castle sits on a site occupied at least since the 7th century, although much of the castle seen today dates from the 15th and 16th centuries.
For human beings a year is a long time and for most of us it makes no difference that at one time the moon existed before even life had appeared. That after billions of years a volcano erupted (in an area that would later become Edinburgh) leaving behind rock which after millions of years was built upon by humans. It seems as though they were always part of the scenery. But this illusion of permanence gives us a false sense of security. Just as in the past when the universe existed without those seemingly permanent things, one day all three will be gone. They may each exist for billions of years to come, but it is a fact that one day everything, including the moon, the volcano and the castle, will be gone.
And so enjoy life and the universe while you can. Each generation gets a unique opportunity to do what they want. Don't be confined by things you imagine are permanent, for one day they will be gone too.Go Top