On November 8, 1965 NBC’s soap Days of Our Lives premiered. The introduction showed an hourglass with sand flowing down and these words read by Macdonald Carey ( Doctor Tom Horton ) “like sands through the hourglass so are the days of our lives”.
The image of an hourglass with its sand running through the small funnel is a haunting image. It reminds us humans that we are finite beings, and when the sands of our lives have run their course, we leave the sphere of the living to join the sands of those who have gone before us.
On Star Trek: The Next Generation, the series introduced a new element in the Star Trek Universe—the holographic chamber where the crew could create new worlds and visit any time, be it past, present or future. All it took was the imagination of the crew member to program the computer simulation with the proper safeguards to prevent.
However, Commander Data, the versatile android, created a simulation which was more than holographic in the episode, “Elementary, Dear Data” where he played Sherlock Holmes and created Professor Moriarty as his equal. In the later episode “Ship In A Bottle” the story continues as the crew dealt with the holographic Moriarty becoming, in his words,
“I have consciousness. Conscious beings have will. The mind endows them with powers that are not necessarily understood—even by you. If my will is strong enough, perhaps I can exist outside this room. Perhaps I can walk into your world right now.”
What constitutes consciousness? If a being has consciousness, is will part of its consciousness? Can a being’s force of will change the physical laws which govern our daily trek on this planet traversing the cosmos?
There are many questions about existence that we contemplate, ponder and espouse. When we realize that we are on a planet moving in the heavens, the realization strikes us like it did Professor Moriarty,
“My God—we’re adrift in the heavens! There are more worlds in the heavens than there are grains of sand on a shoreline.”
Let me add—more grains of sand than in our finite hourglass. The Cosmos is a vast wonderland of dreams and realities, as Hamlet said,
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. “ Hamlet, Act I, Scene V
Perhaps, when advocates of physics pursue answers to the mysteries above us, we are enthralled by their research and the possibilities which are opened before us. We ponder with them and wonder with a faint hope for connection.
Is the Universe a hologram? Is the fabric of the cosmos multi-dimensional, where reality takes on a whole different venue? Are we just part of some matrix construct?
These are new questions seeking answers to the ancient origins of our reality. Our coastal progenitors pondered on their existence as they gazed on the night heavens and wondered and imagined what the canopy above them meant for their daily trek on their road of life.
In the final analysis, when the last grain of sand drops surreptitiously in our hourglass, what happens to our consciousness and our will? Do we cease to exist and all that remains is what we have written and the memories of those with whom we interacted on this global plane of humanity?
Perhaps, going back to the Ship In A Bottle, Captain Picard’ s words might fit our current and future realities,
“But who knows? Our reality may be very much like theirs, and all this might just be an elaborate simulation, running inside a little device sitting on someone’s table.”
G. D. Williams © 2014
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