The Big and Small of our Existence: Indranil Barat

Ever wondered why, the solar system is so similar to an atom, with nucleus in the middle as the sun, and the electrons and revolving around it like planets. I often wonder, is it really an atom or a solar system of some kind and do we live on an electron of a gigantic atom of an extremely large object?

We maybe are minuscule beings living inside an atom of an enormous object which can be as simple as a chair or a book, belonging to a civilization whose beings are infinitely large. The whole existence around us is maybe like a Russian Doll, where inside every doll there is a smaller doll and so on. The atoms of the objects surrounding us may also home infinite such universes where there are infinite such solar systems or atoms which may home millions of civilizations, and then those civilizations also may be holding even smaller universes and solar systems and civilizations.

We may be the part of a never-ending chain of existence where the superior existence is slower than the one following it. Take the example of a bird; its time span is a lot shorter than that of a dog, or a man, or an elephant. A mayfly’s life span is one day. It may be just 24 hours for us, but for the mayfly, it is equivalent to 80-90 years. It is not comparable; the way humans measure time is not a standard. For all, the definition of time is different. We must remember that time may be a natural phenomenon, but the way it is measured is manmade. Throughout human civilization, we have measured time according to our understanding, and most importantly, according to our biological structure. Imagine a civilization where people are the size of microparticles, almost tens of thousands of times smaller than us. What will the concept of time be for them? Will it be exactly like ours? No. Obviously, they will measure time according to their biological structure. The time it takes a human to blink is maybe an eternity for such beings. Similarly, think about a civilization superior to us, where the beings are millions of times bigger than what we are. Where we are smaller than any measurable unit present and our solar system is not any bigger than an atom. Time for them will be a lot slower than that of us. What may constitute a moment for them, maybe an eternity for us? I wonder, if there were any other animals on earth intelligent enough to understand and measure time, how different from us, their concept of time would be.

We may be surrounded by an infinite number of universes which are either too big or too small for us to realize their existence. The concept of time, space and reality may be completely different than what we think it is. Even in our universe, we have only been able to study and explore a minute part of it, and we have come across so many variations and uncertainties, which have altered our understanding about the universe over the years and are still doing so.
The immenseness of the very creation is too overwhelming for us. Try to ever realize how insignificant we are. In this vastness, your presence doesn’t matter; nothing matters. Our significance may be nothing more than the dust particles surrounding us. It’s only our creativity and curiosity that drives us; it’s our mind that makes our presence significant. “Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum”, isn’t it?