Its New Year gone and I don’t think the planet noticed.
This said I also wonder what people actually notice at all. You see I have just had three days Summer Holiday and enjoyed the delights of the Eastern Coast of our Island in glorious Summer garb.
It matters not if you believe in God or Gods, but perhaps I do think part of the journey is seeing the world through the eyes of our ancestors, through the eyes of an inhabitant of a rolling ball of earth in an infinite sea of space, an intellectually, spiritually aware soul. To see the world through eyes that can marvel at the magic of a sun set, fully aware of the detail, equally aware of the beauty, the transience of a moment in time ans space, unique to that world,that space, that time, that revelation. In this way one can perceive how the aspects of Thunder Gods, Weather Gods, Nature Spirits, of Oceans, Rivers, Lakes, and so on could be seen in the landscape by our ancestors. If you do this, then imagine the power of a Thunderstorm. A 1953 study found that the average thunderstorm over several hours expends enough energy to equal 50 A-bombs of the type that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan during World War Two. Consider the complexity of storm patterns. Thunderstorms may line up in a series or rain-band, known as a squall line. Strong or severe thunderstorms may rotate, known as supercells. While most thunderstorms move with the mean wind flow through the layer of the troposphere that they occupy. Vertical wind shear causes a deviation in their course at a right angle to the wind shear direction. Thunderstorms recreate, have complex electrical circuitry and form beyond this global weather patterns. They interact through wind and weather systems into a global network. This may or may not be a living thing but it looks like it :).
Extreme complex systems that are not entirely understood run the earths central core that is as hot as the Sun. The temperature of the inner core can be estimated by considering both the theoretical and the experimentally demonstrated constraints on the melting temperature of impure iron at the pressure which iron is under at the boundary of the inner core (about 330 GPa). These considerations suggest that its temperature is about 5,700 K (5,430 °C; 9,800 °F), (wikipedia). This system generating the planets magnetic field not only protects all life on the planet but interacts with all life on the planet in ways that are not entirely understood either.
I am not hypothising that these systems are Gods, any more than suggesting that Man is God because he would be perceived as such by lesser folk; small mammals and politicians for example. But I do believe in the understanding of the enormity of what in the Universe are such tiny things one can grasp the impossibility of rationalising all things. If rational thought struggles with making sense of the arts and yet these things are often the images that make the most sense to us, why then should we not explore the emotional experiences of beauty in science? After all mans artistic endevours are the symbols of our own reality. The arts are a creative urge of self expression and it is certain that the Universe creates, evolves, destroys, and recreates as any human or living being does. Is this Universe therefore Sentient? Well, my answer is two fold, if it where we could not comprehend its intelligence, and secondly does it matter? The point is can we appreciate the beauty and the possibility of the Gods :)?
For me Happy New to the Gods, may you long be a conundrum, may we long have experiences that we identify with you, however they may be.
Gods Bless and Bless the Gods