178-Hockey Pockey

This bumper sticker was on the back of a van and made me laugh and then ponder this transcendental message the rest of the day.


The bumper sticker made me think about a photo I use as a screen saver on my computer. The photo was taken by the Hubble space telescope. This ultra deep field image is of a small region of space in the constellation Fornax. It is the deepest image of the universe ever taken in visible light, looking back in time more than 13 billion years. The ultra deep field image contains an estimated 10,000 galaxies.

When I need to put things in perspective, I often stare at this photo and think about what Carl Sagan’s once said “Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”

In the big Karmic universe of space and time, we really aren’t significant at all. Most of the day to day crap really doesn’t matter. But it’s difficult to keep that level of thought when you are taking gun training in case a bear decides to bust into your house, or should I wear the blue shirt or the green one. For me it’s okay to be at that level on a daily basis, but I must not lose my grip to the other side of the continuum – Karmic, transcendental perspective. Apparently it’s about THIS moment in space and time, and thus the hockey pockey may have meaning.

Maybe the bumper sticker is correct? Maybe the hockey pockey IS what’s it’s all about. It’s as good an answer as anything else. I think I will stop thinking about what Carl Sagan said, and just put my left hand in and put left hand when I need perspective from the Hubble photo shake it all about.

spaceBillions and billions of planets.