Someone recently commented that I seem very unhappy lately. Their comment was promptly deleted because it was way off topic and irrelevant to the topic being discussed. But the comment did give me pause for thought.
I don’t think I’m an unhappy person, but my obsessive analysis of the world’s situation makes me unhappy. And it makes me angry, which is an emotion that some define as “love disappointed.”
As corny as it sounds, I do love the world. I’m filled with awe at everything going on around me.
And today … an awesome thing happened. The “On” switch was flipped on the largest machine ever built. It’s a $9 billion dollar machine, so it might also be the most expensive machine ever built.
And it’s goal? It’s not a war machine or the latest, biggest SUV, or some rich guy’s fantasy. The goal was mostly curiosity.
Scientists are trying to figure out the essence of matter. And despite the costs, despite the ignorant protests, CERN scientists sallied forth to build their great, whimsical beast. Today they fired a proton at 99.999998% of the speed of light through a 17-miles-in-circumference ring at sub-space temperatures (that’s really cold) only for that proton to smash into another one that had been fired around the other direction.
They might not learn anything. But the fact that they’re trying is the most inspiring thing I’ve seen in awhile. In a few years, they might get enough data to determine the essence of anti-matter, and maybe even how the universe was created.
In a day when the majority of Americans think the world was made by god in a puff of smoke 10,000 years ago, it’s nice to know that there are a few people out there who are willing to find out the truth.
That’s why I get up in the morning.