Though reveling in our perfect flaw,
time endlessly better and worse,
whatever we so arrange,
the immutable law
of the universe
is change.

A perfect poetic expression yet falls short of the reality
that surrounds and involves everyone. The further truth
is that everything in existence has an opposite. There is
heat and cold, creation and destruction, but up and down
are better expressed as outwards forever and inwards
forever. If Einstein's famous "unified field" theory is
correct, then atoms are suns and electrons their orbiting
planets, while our Sun is an atom and Earth one of its
orbiting electrons within a great cosmic body. Meanwhile,
we struggle to know the difference between a sequence of
emotions and a sequence of numbers.

Thus, if all existence is an ever-changing balance of
extremes, this entire realm of physical being must also
have its opposite, a non-physical spirit essence. Many
people who had near-death experiences from accidents or
heart attacks attest to the reality of the "other world"
or the "afterlife", having floated out of their bodies,
some passing through a dark tunnel to the "being of light"
who presents their "life review" in a quick replay of all
the events in their lives, good, bad and neutral, and then
sends them back to physical life to try to do something
more positive and nurturing.

Therefore, this planet we live on exists between the two
extremes of blazing solar heat and deep space cold and the
evolving balance between such opposites from which we are
born to grow and learn, our own two conflicted opposites
being peaceful and friendly cooperation, struggling with
predatory hunting and war.

But there are still questions geological scientists appear
unwilling to ask, let alone answer, like how did the Earth
produce millions of gallons of oil and megatons of coal?
It's called fossil fuel because it came from multi-trillions
of plants that somehow got buried and pressed under rock.
How did that happen and how could the Earth have grown
such enormous amounts of plant life required to compress
into such huge amounts of oil and coal?

The answer lies in the fact that the Earth was created from
the Sun as a huge, swirling mass of hot gasses slowly shrinking
as it continues to cool. That means it was once many times
larger than it is now. So, when the time came for plants to
grow, the Earth was not only huge, but extremely unstable
and violent. Gigantic earthquakes swallowed massive amounts
of vegetation, pulling it underground and compressing it into
the oil and coal that today fuels our civilization.

But why didn't the buried plants, that were slowly turning
into oil and coal, burn instead when the Earth's crust was
so much thinner near the molten rock of the Earth's Mantle?
Perhaps some did and some didn't. That's how planet Earth
evolves: endless variations from which change inevitably
produces the next stage of development. Millions of tons of
plants did burn, and millions of tons did not, so under the
massive pressure of warm rock it slowly cooked into the oil
and coal that our modern economy cannot manage without,
even as they destroy the environment and ruin our health.

Paradox 4

From Earthly trials this truth derive,
though life devours life to live,
it cooperates to survive.

John Talbot Ross

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