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Are we a reflection of Black Holes?

By Bircan ÜNVER

There is a lyric in Jewel's song "Hands", which made me change the title of this piece from "An Allegory On Black Holes" to "Are We a Reflection of Black Holes". The lyric is: "We are a reflection of God", thought me if we are a reflection of God, then the creation of the world would have been different. Thus, this lyric changed my mind a bit. It has brought about a much more complicated question : whether we are a reflection of God or a reflection of Black Holes... I am not sure which one is true... perhaps both... We are most likely a reflection of those who have universal power. I have been questioning the world as I have known it and my understanding of humanity for a long time. Why do our dark thoughts seem to be the more dominant ones? Of course there have also always been great people too, but it seems the ones that have power over others use their dark side to stay in power.

One of the songs the prominent Turkish pop-singer Sezen Aksu sings is called: "Not one of us is innocent..."(Hicbirimiz masum degiliz...) When we think of this line in historical perspective as well as in terms of today: NOT ONE OF US IS INNOCENT!!!



Photo by Burhan Dogancay, from the "Walls of the World/Hearts" Project.

If we look at Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," they emphasize in their script that even though 3 million years ago, when a man-ape killed a leopard for the first time in order to defend himself, he had achieved his purpose by killing an animal. Unfortunately, this still continues today in different guises and for various reasons. Some basic questions may arise: what was the origin of this "wild" or "dark" side ? What drove this wildness? Is the urge for wildness and killing supposed to be our weakness? Or have we built up our wild and dark side without acknowledging how we have been affected or what this behavior is a reflection of black holes?

Today as in the past, mankind has cared only for himself. It has alternately ignored and taken advantage of weakness. Has humanity had no consideration for its' effect on other species? We assume this happened in the distant past because of the reference to the pre-historic time frame. We assume that we have evolved from our wild and primitive states long ago. The time we live in proves in many ways that we have not completely left our wild and primitive instincts behind.

Starting from the end of World War II until the beginning of the 1990's was a harsh period in our lives: It devastated tens of millions of people in many countries. Totalitarian regimes were supported. Civil wars were sparked and fought. This process is not over yet.


Photo by Burhan Dogancay, from the "Walls of the World/Hearts" Project.

The question is WHY? WHY? WHY? Mankind rules by his darkness and wild instincts as much as by his desires and goals. It is incomprehensible to me how people could adore and love Hitler, Stalin, Mao and other totalitarian leaders...

If the human being was ruled by his darkness since his existence, then there must be another force in the universe, which is reflected in human beings. I was trying to get an answer to this question when I read about the Black Holes. "Suddenly my mind and soul were enlightened as I realized there might be an answer here." This is an allegory of the human soul as black hole. My point is, our actions must be weighed. Black holes are at the center of our galaxy, and many times more massive than our sun. It is dark, has a massive pure gravitational field, which means that nothing can escape from it including a light. It seems that as a super-high speed blender, any matter around its gravitational field, will turn to an invisible dust. Each of us may be affected either by the sun or by the black holes. Once we know that the black holes are much more massive than the sun in our universe, we could understand that high percentages of populations could be reflections of them on our planet. Thus, the hole concept of understanding our world and our relationship to our universe could have been changed forever by the discovery of the nature of the Black Holes.

How can we blame the Black Holes? Physicist and science fiction author Gregory Bedford describes them by saying: "Black holes are eating, swelling and vacuuming all the stars and matter that comes sufficiently close to them and leave no mark behind. Once they are in its pure gravitational field, even the brightest stars can not escape from it, nor can light, itself." Maggie Fox also states in her article, "Astronomers Witness Matter Being Sucked into Black Hole" in the "Science: Astronomy" on August 16, 1999, that: "Some black holes are formed by collapsed stars, but others are 'supermassive', containing as much mass as million to a billion suns compressed into a tiny region." As Fox states, 'no one can compete with the black holes' supermassive power. Therefore, our souls could be greatly affected by them, because we are part of the universe.


Photo by Burhan Dogancay, from the "Walls of the World/Hearts" Project.

Another question enters into the subject: How can we protect our soul from this 'dark' energy? It is a dark and massive volume of negative energy because it doesn't produce anything as yet. Of course, there are many unsolved questions concerning black holes and there are some assumptions that there may be a tunnel which may connect us to an older universe. In other words, while black holes are vacuuming everything around them, they may also be building all that matter into a tunnel, which can not be seen or proven yet.

At this point, Arthur C. Clarke, in his book and Stanley Kubrick in his film "2001: A Space Odyssey" have depicted humanity from its' very beginning until its' journey to the Moon and then to Jupiter. According to the book and the film; there were other beings long before us who had left their mark, their monolith. Perhaps for us to follow... I would have liked to hear Sir Clarke tell us where these creatures had gone. Will we ever be able to contact them?

In the documentary "Stephen Hawking's Universe", astronomer Seth Shostak states that, "In the vicinity of these so-called black holes, the very fabric of time and space is rented and twisted." Thus, we may interpret Shostak's comment that, black holes will stay in the center of our galaxy for a certain time period, then they will change our galaxy forever.

Over all, our souls most likely have been affected by the Black Holes than being a reflection of God or the Sun. Because the Black Holes are many times bigger than our Sun. In the long run,when the Black holes 'rented and twisted' in the center of our galaxy, this may bring in an unseen new becoming. Then the darkest side of humankind may also be affected by the sun. As a poetic approach to this idea: Darkness of the human soul! / One day will reverse into a sun.

By then, the Black Holes' massive volume energy may twist into positive and creative energy for the mankind and relationship between other planets and universes. This time also may be; when we have met as first with those who left the monolith for us three million years ago.

More on the Black Holes info:
http://cfpa.berkeley.edu/BHfaq.html
http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Cyberia/NumRel/BlackHoles.html



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Special thanks to: Burhan DOGANCAY for the photos.

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