#guestpost written by Aaron Boluwatife
The revolving cycles, in their wide sweep, have brought me again,
Amorous, mature—all beautiful to me—all wondrous;
My limbs, and the quivering fire that ever plays through them, for reasons, most wondrous;
Existing, I peer and penetrate still,
Content with the present—content with the past… Walt Whitman
The cyclical nature of life is a concept that explains how every event in history is a repetition that follows a particular pattern. Although we often fail to realize or admit that we live in a cycle, we’ll find out that nothing is new if we look closely enough. Seasons come and go every year, and we – day and night. Monday to Sunday and January to December is another good example of how everything that happens to us is nothing but a repetition of events. In fact, the cyclical nature of life may be responsible for why we have moments of happiness followed by grief.
Throughout history, people have tried to explain this concept from different views. For instance, if you look at the economy, you will find out that there has always been a fluctuation between periods of growth and recession.
The Christians believe that as long as the earth remains, all the seasons will continue to exist. Another interesting view is the Samsara (Buddhism) – humans have an endless cycle of rebirth, mundane existence, and dying again. In other words, there is no beginning to life, neither is there an end because we live in a cycle. The question remains, though: where are we going to wake up in our next life, on which stair or level? – Hell Underland or that mysterious Garden that the Earth once had been? 😉
I think the reason the world is a mystical, enchanting place, is because of the cycle of life. My body will decompose, but maybe some little element of it will be transformed into a particle of dirt, over years and years, and then a glorious flower will be nurtured by this particle of dirt. Then this flower will nourish a random bumblebee, who in turn will be eaten by a raven. So, in some future life, I’ll be able to fly. I look forward to that. I’ve always admired the freedom of birds.
Perhaps the best way to understand the cyclical concept is to look at it from a scientific view. From estimation, the earth is about 4.5 billion years old, and within this period, several events that support the cyclical nature of life have happened. One of such events is mass extinction.
In the last 440 million years, it is estimated that at least five major mass extinction events have occurred. Because of these events, more than 99% of the organisms that ever lived on earth are extinct.
The major mass extinctions were thought to be just random events at first. However, new studies suggested that these extinctions on earth fall in a cyclical pattern, and we might experience another one very soon… 🤔
Hey! Stop right there!
Don’t even think to run to that bunker colony on Mars!
1 – I see you
2 – It won’t save you 😬
It seems mass extinction occurs more frequently every 25-27 million years. One of the explanations for this is that the sun has a companion star called Nemesis. This star is thought to have lived up to its name and hit some icy rocks in the Oort cloud somewhere beyond the range of Pluto. If this is not the case, some other scientists believe that there must be an unknown “Planet Nine” at the edge of our solar system, somewhere around the Kuiper Belt, stirring up icy rocks that could hit the earth someday. 😯
Well, both the star ‘Nemesis’ and ‘Planet Nine’ have not been confirmed yet, and there might not be any asteroid coming from space to wipe everything out on Earth just as it did to the dinosaurs. However, the activities of humans are causing a serious threat to the survival of several species, and we may be on our way to cause the sixth major mass extinction.
How? Enjoy your life, one day at a time… ☝️
Birth is painful and delightful. Death is painful and delightful. Everything that ends is also the beginning of something else. Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward. Pema Chödrön
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