The Space That Is Still Available

Thanks to Disney+ and Marvel Universe, we can enjoy our favourite shows. It's unlikely that my spouse and I would ever watch TV together without that franchise.

Glee, The Blacklist, musicals, and any food show that isn't Rachel Ray are some of my favourite shows (too perky and gosh-darn peppy) Science, space, and theory shows as well as fictional series like Firefly and the numerous Star Trek variations appeal to him.

I'm not as enthralled with space-science shows as he is, despite the stunning colours and the solitude and quiet. I am, nevertheless, attracted by the experts who appear on the series. In particular, balding older men who explain what "everyone supposes" about things — even if no one can prove it, and I'm not likely to see it resolved in my lifetime.

Despite the fact that it's been up in the sky since humanity first gazed up, they make a career by confidently describing theory after theory, punctuated with "we think" and "maybe" and "here's a blotch we never noticed before."

Every person I know who has dedicated their lives to seeking truth and knowledge deserves my admiration. There's little doubt that it's an attempt to keep viewers hooked on the show.

Maybe this show will succeed! Or maybe it's a little sand particle that will unlock the secrets of the universe.

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Despite the fact that I don't normally pay attention to the shows, something caught my attention the other night. We were assured that something was in the sky by yet another expert with bushy hair, comfy sweater, and wire-rim glasses. We knew because we couldn't see anything, he explained.

Despite the fact that they can't see it, they know it's there.

Due to a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, the invisible things are in fact there. An item bends light around it and distorts the light, as explained by the bushy-haired-man. Due to the warped light, we know there's a thing there. My attention was drawn away from the wispy haired man who came on and began smiling and repeating the reason for the umpteenth time.

That is not to say, though, that I haven't been playing with this over the past few days, coming back to it like the tongue to the loose tooth. The large light-lensing thing may not be there anymore, considering the distance light must travel for humans to see it at all. Since hundreds or thousands of years, it may not have been there. There is only one thing that tells us it was there: the effect it had on the items in its immediate environment.

And that, that's something I can relate to and relate to in some way. And I think that's true for most of us. Even when we are no longer here, our impact on others, our connections, and our involvement with them will endure.

If I believed in ghosts, I'd say that we leave a trace of ourselves behind when we're gone. The area around us is transformed through reaching out to others. The world is changed by our thoughts, our words, our time and our energy shared with others.

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Our ties tighten and weave together as a result of our shared experiences. In the same orbit, our friends and acquaintances meet. They shine brighter than a single light because of the way their possibilities are defined, their refracted light, and their connections.

When we show up in the lives of others around us, we transform the universe. Our presence will be felt long after we are gone. Our presence is felt despite the fact that our presence is unseen.

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