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  • In the midst of all the chattering business of the news industry, concentrating on, among other things, geopolitical posturing in Russia, fashion designer suicide, and the continuing speculation on the missing Malaysian airliner, a scientific discovery of great note stands out. Based on observations from a telescope in the South Pole, astrophysicists now believe they have found evidence for the initial inflation event that transformed the Big Bang, in a unimaginably short moment of time, into a precursor for the universe as we know it today.

    A precursor roughly the size of a marble.

    This, understandably enough, set me on a hunt through the house to find a marble. A hunt that failed, but in the doing, revealed more than enough matter that, should our house have been the equivalent of that initial state of the universe, a whole pantheon of galaxies resembling lego bricks, cassette tapes, pen, pencils, crayons, golf balls, miniature figures, model aircraft, books, records, dust bunnies, empty pill boxes, old toothbrushes, ragged clothes, circuit boards, hard drives, wires, abandoned remote controls and so much more that would now be moving at near light speed into the infinite distance.

    The wonder to me is that this marble sized pocket universe contained within it, condensed and miniaturized, everything that we know today. Did it, I wonder, have a consciousness - a sense of being that has been ever since stretched further and further onto the expanse of nothingness and we, as sentient beings, catch a glimpse of in our spiritual searches?

    A consciousness that must, for however fleeting a moment, have been the most all-encompassing that has ever been.

    Within the size of marble.

    A moment for reflection indeed.
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