Mankindís conversation with stars probably began with the dawn of human intellect and consciousness. The mystery behind the starry nights, the earth and the universe has always posed an immense challenge to go a step further on the scientists.
In fact, birth of science and mathematics might have taken place probably, when man used to live in the caves. Today, we have Phoenix on the moon and an ambitious LHC experiment that aims to crack the puzzle of Big Bang and how it all began. This is the most fascinating time to live in.
This long journey has been arduous and difficult. There has been an eternal conflict among different sects belonging to different religions. Copernicus and Galileo had to face charges from the Church for proposing a heliocentric model of planetary system. They were forced to burn their theories and books but, amazingly their ideas did survive difficult times and were taken forward by Kepler, Newton and the others. Newton’s theories were taken a step ahead by Einstein and many others, while Einstein’s theories are still being used by Stephan Hawking, Higgs and other leading present day scientists. That’s how knowledge gets carried forward and is spread far and wide and becomes richer with time.
LHC might crack the puzzle about the birth of the universe, Phoenix may once again prove that life on earth is indeed unique. All this may help us put everything in proper perspective and finally, all pieces of puzzle may fall in place. It is these queries that has made all modern advances in science and technology
possible. If not, probably, we would have been still living and fighting in the caves. This brings us to one basic premise of life on earth which remains unchanged; that is conflicts. Along with knowledge, we have carried forward with us the conflicts and improved means to warfare. Whatever the excuse may be, conflicts essentially are about the limited resources and it is the battle for the ‘survival of the fittest’. Also, it is this technology which has led to destructive development and we are destroying our own breathing space each day.
It would be indeed sad if mankind opts to belittle all the knowledge about creation and goes ahead on the path of destruction. Maybe creation and annihilation go hand in hand. I don’t know....
Sorry, if I am looking towards the darker side of the advancements of science and technology. But the stars shine brightly in the dark nights, and I am sure that these guiding lights will help us navigate our way out of troubled waters. I have faith in them as they continue to inspire all endeavours of mankind.