Friday, December 20, 2013

Take a card. Any card.


I've been blogging here for almost ten years. Imagine each post written on an ordinary playing card. The pile would be nearly a meter tall.

If the thickness of a card represents one day, my life so far would be a stack as tall as the top of the chimney on my two-story house.

All of recorded history? A stack of cards as tall as the tallest man-made structure on Earth, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

A stack of cards the age of the Earth would reach to the Moon.

The age of the universe would wrap around the Earth thirty times.

Hold a playing card between your thumb and forefinger: a day in your life. Now think about a pile of cards that would wrap around the Earth thirty times. That's the difference between human time and cosmic time. We're each allotted a deck of cards, each one a tick of cosmic time. We play our cards.

I just played a card. It hardly rippled the cosmos. The trick is to believe it matters locally.