Fellow blogger David Searls puts it beautifully. The horizon simili is so powerful because it reminds us that we’re in the center of our universe. It doesn’t matter that you’re in your little rubber dinghy pumping those oars till your eyeballs pop and your intestines herniate, you’re not going to reach the horizon.
In the same way, up until recently we believed our universe was all there was. We can see pretty far into the past – all the way back till every little piece of matter was squished into a baseball sized blob of density. But there are very few scientists left who believe that the Big Bang was the big beginning. It was just an event horizon. What came before the beginning is still up for speculation.
I believe that just as your little arms will never propel your dinghy far enough to reach the horizon, you can’t reach the end of your existence. Death is just an event horizon – beyond which we’ve got little tangible understanding other than testimony. I’ll probably keep rowing though.
E.A.A Wilson is an author, minister of metaphysics, mom and reluctant bureaucrat. Her comic fantasy novel “Ascension Denied” is set in purgatory but is nonetheless available to the living, now, online, at all major retailers. Stay in touch through: