Our date notation consists of 3 sections: day, month and year. Each of the sections corresponds roughly to a rotation: day for earth, month for moon and year for sun. But one section is missing…
We know for decades now we are, along with 100 billion stars, rotating around the Milky Way’s galactic centre. One rotation takes 225 million years. Meaning that in our Sun’s 5 billion year lifetime we went around it about 20 times. The complete date therefore should read: “day”-“month”-“year”-“20”. We have to come up with a name for “20”. We need to update the whole internet, all software operation systems… Such effort for a number that will probably not change in another 225 million years. Why?
We grossly underestimate our dependence on these massive, large systems, like galaxies. Even today we have trouble getting to grips with the impact Earth has on our lifes. A small temperature increase and all the ice melts, insect populations are decimated and extremist regimes pop-up everywhere. A solar flare can wipe out all our digital communication devices overnight. And even likely, a supermassive black hole’s Gamma Ray burst can strip a planet of its atmosphere in an instant. Very scary but the point is, these systems can have a huge influence on us.
There’s more: Since the system is actually a Fractal, all these events are “inherited” by subsystems. It could go like this: Gama Ray burst (Galactic Centre) – Solar Flare (Sun) – Nuclear War (Earth). And the kicker is that it seems to be as inevitable as finding an exact copy of the Mandelbrot set when zooming in on it.
Is there a way out of this? I believe there is, and the answer lies in technology. Death exists. All our experiences, memories, unless shared, are taken to a hole in the ground one day or another. Luckily we discovered a way to extend the life of information: We take pictures, video and 3D scans that have the potential to be viewed by millions of living creatures. We still die, but our ideas and experiences now outlast us. But why do we die in the first place?
It’s the million dollar question. But as I pointed out, using fractalogy, the answer is very simple. The galactic centre has a gravity so dense that light can’t escape. Moving down the chain, when a sun goes supernova it explodes in dust and when people are a certain age, they die. I told you it was simple. But now let’s go up the chain: Yes, life dies, but during its lifetime it gives birth and the ideas left behind possibly inspire many generations. From Supernova dust, new stars are born. Therefore it must be, that black holes generate new universes. So, where are they?
Have you ever looked at a harddisk full of data and wondered: “Where are those pictures? Those games? Videos?” On a microscopic level they are one continuous string of 0’s and 1’s. Only when connecting it to a computer and software one is able to see them as intended. All our ideas, dreams, drawings, art. Mental, analog and digital. They exist because we observed. Light passed through our eyes and was processed in our brain into… well, new universes.
The galactic centre is of an extreme importance and it’s a shame we don’t give it enough credit in our date notation. Even though we only rotated aroun it 20 times, it allows us to dream and have ideas, even to extend our lifes. So, the next time you look up and see the Milky Way, find its densest part and nod. Nod slightly. And regarding that name for “20”. How about: Day, Month, Year, Nod?