Chapter III: The Universe Loves To Dance

A fantastic example to illustrate this is our night sky. Look at the stars at night and see how they all just sit there. They move slowly from one horizon to the other, but that doesn’t surprise anyone, that’s because we are rotating around the axis of the Earth. We do not notice that. We don’t feel the wind in our hair from standing on the edge of a massive blue planet spinning around 1,500 kilometres per hour.

We can just peacefully lay on the beach on a windless day and not feel a breeze. We don’t get seasick from all this spinning either. Yet speed we have. All the time. Awake or asleep. The Universe has a magnificent way of appearing idle, while being massively active. Yet its movements are subtle. Just like you can watch a peaceful field of flowers on a beautiful summer day, millions of insects are working hard, but are so small we can’t notice them unless we look at one of these flowers close by.

The motions in the Universe are never abrupt. Nothing takes a sudden left turn, or stops and takes a U-turn. It gradually moves, mostly on curves.

The Sun looks like a giant spotlight producing non-stop massive heat for billions of years. That’s only impressive if you compare it to stuff our size. What’s more is that this giant spotlight is spinning at a mind-blowing 718,900 kilometres per hour on it’s own axis — and that’s just one star. So are all the other stars you see tonight. All little dots, seemingly doing nothing, but rotating around their own axis at incredible speeds, and moving inside their galaxies at even far greater speeds. Yet for the last hundred years, our star map has had the same layout, and doesn’t really change that much.

The Moon is another example. It spins around the Earth at around 3,600 kilometres per hour and around it’s own axis around 16 kilometres per hour. Yet, it always faces the Earth with the same side, as it rotates around its own axis at exactly the same speed of its orbit around Earth in exactly 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes and 6 seconds.

Speed and time are closely related. The more speed something has, the less time it takes to do whatever it needs to do. So the longer something takes, the slower its speed is. Speed is in turn closely related to energy, just as it takes more fuel to drive faster.

This is an interesting observation for our own lives. Since all these factors are linked together, you can adjust one to adjust the other. Let’s say you feel very anxious and stressed. This is probably caused by too much energy being used in your body, making your heartbeat go well above average. The fuel we take in every second is oxygen. So by breathing slower, we can achieve a slower heartbeat and a much more balanced state of mind. If this happens too often over time, we might need to take a look at the other fuel we consume: our food. In this sugarcoated society, a low carb diet might have the same effect.

The rate of our breath and heartbeat is also closely related to our perception of time. At night it almost seems like we sleep forever, yet we only were “away” for six hours or so. While during intense sporting or even computer gaming, time seems to fly by so fast, you could spend 6 hours and only have the impression you were spending an hour on that activity.

In several disciplines that work with time, it is therefore very hard to asses time at all, since it is merely a perception of the average of all life form heartbeats. E.g.: in prediction, it is often easier to predict what, but much harder to predict when.

But would there be a reason for this relationship between speed and time? It seems a bit paradoxic compared to what we know here on Earth. Animals in free nature generally don’t spend any physical effort, to save their strength for the stuff that really matters: food gathering and procreation. It’s interesting how this doesn’t seem to be the case with the rest of the Universe, where stars spin at incredible speeds, and massive amounts of energy fly beyond the speed of light to their destination.

This seems to be a misconception. Our hearts beat all the time, and our bodies can’t stay in one fixed position for longer than a few hours. They have to move — in fact they even move automatically when we are asleep. The same goes for the rest of the Universe. All the heavenly bodies around us spin at incredible speeds and fly around each other many times the speeds of our airplanes.

Yet, for these guys, this is merely breathing. Just like our lungs go up and down, or our heart beats a few dozen times per minute. Movement is key in the Universe, as it indicates life and purpose.