The hot topic of conversation in scientific circles this weekend is a report (a collaboration between France's National Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics Research and Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory) that a beam of neutrinos was observed to travel faster than the speed of light.
(I'm not sure, but I think "neutrinos" are a new, high fiber, breakfast cereal).
If the research is proven and replicated, then Einstein's theory of relativity - one of the building blocks of theoretical physics and understood as the force that keeps the universe from collapsing - could, reportedly, fail to hold up under scrutiny.
Relativity is a tough concept to get your mind around. I am one of the people who both took the time to read Stephen Hawking's classic A Brief History of Time (1988) and kind of understood what he was getting at. However, any scholarly work that attempts to lay out a reasonable groundwork to account for the universe (as we observe it) necessarily builds its arguments on hard and fast rules. Demonstrating that lynchpin hypotheses are not 100% true makes every consequent "logical" conclusion questionable.
Personally, I'm not all that surprised. This universe is magnificent, beautiful and wondrous; we're just beginning to scratch the surface of its depth and mystery. At the same time, I'm not exactly bothered by the possible questionability of an equation that purportedly "holds the universe together."
LOVE: Because there's another "relativity" theory that has always worked better for me, and that's my personal theory. It states (WrF) multiplied by G to the power of 3. Or, more simply, "WrF -X-G3".
Translated into layman's terms my theory reads like this. "We are Family (WrF) multiplied by God to the power of three (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)." In other words, we're all relatives.
The relativity that counts, to my way of thinking, is the fact that we are all brothers and sisters - because we are all children of God. Understanding this, and living in love, is what's going to hold the world together. Expressed in the negative, the constant E=mc2 is the force that keeps the universe from collapsing. Likewise it's not just that love will hold us together... love is the only thing that has the power to keep us from tearing everything apart. Love will stop this world from collapsing. This world is, currently, collapsing under the weight of the lack of applied love.
I don't look to science to explain God. But I am looking to God to explain relativity to this world; the relative-ity that affirms that we are brothers and sisters and that - while destruction may eventually come to us at a speed faster than the speed of light - God created both light and the galloping neutrinos, and the answer to our destruction comes to us at the speed of love.
The answer to our destruction comes to us at the speed of love.
In love, and because of love; your relative - DEREK