Life Nature

…Bubbles In The Sand…

September 25, 2017
“The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning. We long for a Parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.” Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

To love life without fear, we have to move through fear and face truths.  Only then can we begin to truly love.

The hard truth, (I am speaking to undeniable facts substantiated by research, witnesses, proven tests, etc; not just belief), seems to be difficult for people to swallow these days.  We believe what we want without any proof and ignore realities that stare us right in the face.  How convenient for us.  We get to go through life with the proverbial rose-colored glasses on!  We pass judgements on people from the comfort of our own home behind a computer screen and put our opinions out there for the world to see, but shrink from responsibilities.

I am trying to get better about embracing the truths.  I am a scientist, by study and at heart, and find myself becoming more agnostic the older I get.  If there is a God I see her in nature, not in church, I see her in the actions of people trying to make a difference, not in those judging me for my sins, and I see her in my 6-year-old daughter, who just this morning as she saw a star, told her dad she did not want to go to space, but wanted to build the rockets that do.

I suppose a worthwhile ambition would be different for everyone, but isn’t that the point? We cannot all be out there fighting world hunger, genocide, and other atrocities, but we can embrace them as truths.  We can become knowledgeable on what combats those injustices and work to support them.  Is it possible to completely forgo air conditioning, cars, meat, and plastic to fight global warming? Probably not, but we can acknowledge that we do contribute and do what we can to mitigate it.  We can help others reach their aspiration while obtaining our own.

It would be paralyzing to think of all the “truths” happening all over the world every day.  That does not mean we cannot accept them.  We could put on our  glasses, disregard all that is in front of us and walk blindly.  But life is so infinitesimal and we are here on this planet for a fleeting moment, why waste our time not seeing?

What is our “cosmic purpose”?  Sand lies on the beach each grain a different shape and size hence creating air pockets between them.  When the ocean flows over, the water hits these pockets and forces the air upwards into bubbles.  As the bubbles join together they become larger bubbles and work their way upward to form a path.  There are 7.5 billion humans on this planet today.  If an ocean of people washed up and forced exposure of the hard truths, perhaps we all would do our part and together reach a worthy goal.

I am going to comment on this post with one truth I have acknowledged and what I am doing with that truth.  What truths do you embrace and what are you doing with it?  I really would like to know!!


Photos Credit K.K.


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  • Reply Anonymous September 26, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I agree with Afrika Bohemian–your words always resonate with me and give me hope, courage, and comfort to continue to move forward. I love this sharing of ideas, truths, and challenges along with the measures taken to face them, implement them, and recognize them. May we all continue to share as we grow and learn!! One truth I have faced is climate change. The climates of our planet are shifting and changing and humans are contributing to the acceleration of these changes. I began my personal campaign over 20 years ago by changing out incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent and today moving to the more energy efficient LEDs. I also use ceiling fans to cool and heat (in winter, reverse direction of fan to force warm air down from ceiling) and adjust my thermostat so that cooling & heating are done more efficiently.. I have not always been diligent about some of these measures, but continue to work to lessen my contribution to the increasing levels of greenhouse gases.

    • Reply K. K. September 26, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you for your input! I wish more people would open a dialogue of conversation instead of attack. We have done all our light bulbs too. There are so many hard truths out there. I was hoping to get more people to participate as the subjects could be endless…but maybe next time!

  • Reply Afrika Bohemian September 25, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    One truth that I have been faced with is the difficulty of being a woman in my community and the cultural shackles that keeps us women from living our truth. I have been educating myself and opening up dialogues with my friends on the issue. I have also written about it on occasion and joined voices with other women to seek for freedom. Thank you for this, your words always finds places to heal in me or challenges me to find truths within myself. Thank you

    • Reply K. K. September 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      I find your posts an inspiration. While here the façade of gender equality exists the truth of it does not, even women here to not believe there should be a woman president so the ingrained prejudices are everywhere. Women are still paid .70 cents to every 1.00 a man makes for the same job. Women and men are different, but should be treated as equals in all aspects. I applaud you for opening the dialogue. Just this morning I experienced the misogyny in such a minor way, but it just deflates the day. Keep working/1

  • Reply K. K. September 25, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I faced the truth that plastic is polluting this planet. Estimates are by 2050, if all stays the same, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. I am working towards using less plastic by changing my buying habits, using less, reusing more, paying attention to all plastic that goes into my trash and trying to lesson my own personal impact. A great source of this is live green daily on facebook.

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