This video is sparking a lot of discussion among astronomy buffs. It shows a slightly idealized version of the complex, twisting dance that our sun and its flock of planets are making as we orbit the galactic center, once every 226 million years or so.
Despite some criticisms about creative license and the somewhat figurative nature of the imagery, I love the narrative here. It’s incredibly difficult to “live” the dynamic experience that is going on all around us at all times.
Humans seem to be hard-wired to “normalize” things, to establish as much order and stasis as we can, and then we ignore or tune out the cosmic level of change that surrounds us constantly.
Which is understandable.
We all have to pay our bills and mow the lawn and do the other day-to-day things that keep us on an even keel.
But it’s important every once in a while to remind ourselves that we are, literally and metaphorically, rocketing through time and space, blips of light and energy on a mysterious journey.