On this vast planet, we float in the middle of nothingness. Galaxies and stars with planets that have yet to be discovered. Questions if we’re the only species in the universe can only be answered as time goes on. Benjamin Alire Sáenz says, “I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand.” But what about the soul, heart, or mind? Someone’s eyes can hold the secrets of the universe. How? Our eyes are simple orbs planted in our skulls consisting of a lens, cornea, pupil, iris, etc, allowing us to view the world around us if granted. Nevertheless it isn’t that simple; our eyes hold the secrets of the universe because they carry the galaxies and the colossal sea of stars. If you look up an image of an eye and compare it to a galaxy, you notice how similar they look. The colors in our eyes blend together and become prettier in the sun just like galaxies become prettier when stars surround the intergalactic art piece. Besides, humans' similarities to the universe goes further than the eye can see. Our veins are similar to that of a leaf. The thin lines run through our bodies to provide nutrients like a leaf undergoing photosynthesis. Our fingertips look like tree rings, lungs resemble tree branches, and our hair flows in the wind like grass. It's such a beautiful thing how connected we are to the universe. But how did this happen?
The Big Bang phenomena is something that scientists use to describe the creation of the universe. It's a well known theory and as any other theory, is challenged with other hypotheses of how our expansive extraterrestrial home came to be. And unlike our own scientists on earth, a group of physicists in the show “The Big Bang Theory” have the ability to unlock all secrets of the universe. But one question still stands: what does the creation of the universe have to do with the physical attributes of humans? The big bang can explain our eyes’ similarities to galaxies and nebulas. The blast created different stars, planets and elements; so shouldn’t all the matter and atoms make something that looks like the blueprint? Human brains are very intricate, exactly like the universe; it’s complicated to understand. The nerves in the human brain look like a replica of a map of the universe. We use ten percent of our brains and only discovered five percent of the universe. The brain is a complex thing that we have yet to understand similarly to outer space.
I remember being young, possibly around six years old trying to fall asleep; sadly, I never could because of my rampaging questions about the universe. I’d always wonder how the first humans came about and how the universe got here. The Big Bang theory was the last answer I thought of because I always thought there was something more to it than we could fathom. For a six year old, I seemed to think a lot about deep topics. Back then, I had been retaining memories for about 3 years but I could rarely shake the thought of what it was like out there. It was so foreign to me that we were sitting on a giant rock rotating around a ball of fire. Even so, I found it beautiful; the dark, eternal night illuminated by billions of stars. There was a specific beauty in the mysteries of the universe I wanted to know; yet I was scared to find out the answers.
That same fear that I held growing up (and still do) can contribute to why we have yet to discover more of our world. We marvel at the beauties of the Earth and the starry cosmos we float in, but carry fear as we admire them simultaneously. Now that I am older, younger me has concluded that we are children of the cosmos; at least that’s my hypothesis. From our fingertips to our brains we have basically every single element that the universe created, on or inside our body, which is the most beautiful thing to me. We’re all connected, no matter how much we don’t want to be; and we’re linked to our own personal life source; so why do we destroy it?
Earth has been around for 4.543 billion years, and humans appeared 6 million years ago. The human race inhabited the planet and it allowed us to survive up until now; to show our thanks, we gave it global warming, climate change, endangered species --16,118 I may add -- deforestation, and the list goes on. We were gifted blessings from Earth, including the beauty of its nature that runs through our veins. The universe loved us and we rejected her confession; now she releases her pain onto us, and rightfully so. She granted us beauty, grace, and care. She gave us the stars in our eyes, secrets of hers that intricately weave throughout our bodies, and maps to the soul. Meanwhile, humans rip and tear her gorgeous gown and smash the tiara she wears, drenching it in waste and toxins. Why? For our own greed. Our selfish needs were more important than taking care of the one who skillfully and carefully molded us. It’s sickening how we were touched by the universe and destroyed it at once. Our connection to the space around us is why we need to save this planet, and ourselves.
In addition to harming our natural residence, we harm each other relentlessly, as we too are a part of the environment. The hatred we hold for one another is indescribable, but I'll try anyway. For centuries we’ve abused one another because of our differences: skin color, gender, gender preferences, hobbies, medical conditions, etc. We as humans forget the fact that we all bleed the same color and look the same on the inside. Differences make us, us, and as advanced as we are, we forget it so often that when it's said, some people shoot it down immediately. Imagine if we all looked exactly alike, acted in the same manner, had the same name and identical personalities. There’d be nothing to tell us apart from and nothing interesting would come about. And that's where the universe came in: it gave us many differences like eye color, skin tones, hair textures, palm and finger prints, etc. But it also gave us similarities: connecting us to nature and itself.
The word universe came from the French word “universe,” which derived from the latin term “universum.” The root “universum” means all together or relating to all. So why can’t we be one? We’re all connected through the universe, We’re all made of the same matter and compounds. So why paint ourselves with hatred when we can paint as one in peace? No one is better than the other because of how contrasting we are. We’re unique but linked together by one giant web of planets and constellations.
We are the children of the cosmos, after all.