Black holes and exaggerations.

Black holes have always fascinated me.  Science fiction portrays them as gateways to other universes, dimensions, etc.  And while that’s impossible (or so they say 😉 ), it’s still a cool concept – using a point in space to travel extreme distances and arrive in strange new worlds.  Officially, black holes are points of matter so dense that their extreme gravity doesn’t even let light escape.  Is there a force in the universe powerful enough to counter the effects of such tremendous pull?

What if metaphorically, your light has slipped past the event horizon?  You are too close to break free.  There’s no point in fighting it.  You are stretched into the tiniest of particles as the gravity rips your matter apart. From a body, to organs, to tissues, to cells, to molecules and atoms.  Your atoms don’t even stand a chance.  They are ripped into their components:  electrons, neutrons, protons.  Do they also disintegrate into  even smaller particles?  And all of it in an instant.  Poof.  You’re gone.

Have the last few weeks or month felt like this to you?  Maybe it happens to you in the summertime, when sunshine and warm weather have you daydreaming about cocktails on the beach.  (Um, unless you’re in the southern hemisphere, where it is summertime.  In that case, double whammy!)  Whatever it is, something sometime is going to pull the energy and enthusiasm right out of your proverbial mind/body, rip you into your component parts and scatter you to the wind.  (Mixing metaphors, I know).  (Does the period go inside or outside the parentheses?  Anyone?)

What if, (still speaking metaphorically) you reach the center of the black hole, the singularity, and instead of being destroyed, antigravity pushes you out the other side?  The force is equal to that which pulled you in.  Your atoms coalesce, cells join into tissues and organs, your body reforms. You’re alive!  Best of all, your mind is clearer and more focused than ever before.  You are ready to get to work with discipline and determination.  If that is true, then taking a break from the normal routine has been beneficial.  Even though the time off may not have been productive, it has served a purpose.  Yes, other responsibilities may have stretched you thin.  But it’s over.  You made it out the other side.  So long black hole.  Until the next time you get too close.

*Please don’t take this for a scientifically accurate article.  Nothing can survive a black hole.  Not even Maximillian Schell.  

From “The Black Hole”  1979, starring, you guessed it, Maximillian Schell.

39 thoughts on “Black holes and exaggerations.

  1. The period should have gone inside parenthesis like question marks following it did. I feel in the first paragraph you meant “wormhole” when you said black hole as they are considered the portals to take you to different dimensions.

    I enjoyed reading this article. I also feel that galactic alignment following the winter solstice does something special to most of us, though different people might realize it to different extents 🙂

    Love and light ❤

    Anand 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Early sci fi portrayed black holes the same way we describe wormholes today. I just thought black hole sounded cooler than worm hole! 😀 Anyway, the winter solstice undoubtedly has an effect on us. I think we need to yield to some of those external forces instead of fighting against them. Love and light!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. As recently as the last Star Trek movie and Interstellar black holes resulted into time travel and travel to other dimensions. Loved your description of black holes. It is an energy (gravity) so powerful even light can’t escape. Meg, you can write about anything and make it interesting.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Lovely! I would have said no need for a period after the bracketed comment, either inside or outside. You could leave it out and, if anyone objects, say it had been swallowed by the black hole! I have a theory that we are all just minor particles of a greater being anyway. To a great big giant/animal/tree/skyscraper we are just mere specs called, perhaps, humatrons. Now, I think I’ll leave you to write that story!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. The really scary part about Black Holes is that you can’t see them due to light not being able to escape the Event Horizon. So, if you find yourself in one, it’s already too late. The Universe’s vacuum cleaner. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Desert sands, an orphaned boy, a touch of fantasy mixed with ancient Egypt… Sadly no black holes, as far as I’ve planned.
        Happy (belated) New Year! I enjoyed this post, shooting off into space on the back of a soaring metaphor.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Just this weekend I was watching Interstellar and wondering if there is actually a gateway to another galaxy through the black hole. If that were true, it did be really awesome. But of course the gravity and relativity means no human could ever check it out.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Oh, I love that movie! But you really have to pay close attention so as not to get confused!

      No exploring black holes, for sure. I wonder if there are other, undiscovered phenomena out there that humankind could eventually explore. You know, ones that wouldn’t rip us to shreds! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. What a wonderful way to get people thinking. As to the period: Because the parentheses enclosed a sentence, the period goes inside. Had the parentheses been used to enclose an aside that came at the end of the sentence, the period would go outside. This is what I already knew, but my mind has been a bit flaky lately due to meds (that I AM getting changed next week) so I double-checked my memory at: http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/parens.asp

    Liked by 1 person

What's on your mind?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s