This is one of the universal constants of nature, and relates the energy of a single quantum of radiation to its frequency. It is central to quantum theory and appears in many important formulae, including the Schrödinger Equation.
Things used to be so simple… until they weren’t anymore. Until my imagination ran away with me, until I, stupidly, had to go and imply things, things I didn’t fully understand. How could anyone fully understand the implications? I sat there, in my desk chair, my world crumbling around me, my mind fragmented in so many directions it was barely functioning, as I watched the live broadcast.
I suppose I should start from the beginning.
I saw a video online about a year ago that compared the size of Earth to other planets and stars in the Milky Way. By the end of the video the Earth was nothing but a speck in the darkness compared to the red hypergiant in the video. That star, was not even the biggest in the universe.
My mind dove then. What would happen if a star exploded? What would happen if the Sun exploded, surely the consequences would be extreme. Mostly likely, no more Earth, half, if not all, of the Solar System would cease to exist, would it not? At this point my mind fell into a black hole, stretched so thin The Solar System became an atom. An atom that could cause mass devastation if it were to be split. An atomic bomb is massive… and on the scale of a solar system… catastrophic. Is the Solar System we know of not the same structure as an atom? The Sun would be the nucleus, the planets, electrons.
And here’s where I completely lost it. If the Solar System were akin to an atom would it not then also imply that we are something of an atom to something much larger? Whether that is an inanimate object or a living being we have no way of knowing or do we? There’s a roar in space, what if that roar were a voice, but we, being so small, compared to it, might possibly not be able to comprehend this?
I wanted answers, so I posted my theory on social media in the name of science, expecting to be ridiculed or ignored.
What ensued was madness. My implications went viral with mass media attention and scientists getting involved.
Surely, this couldn’t be real. Surely, someone had implied this in history and was disproved or mocked. This wasn’t happening. They ran with my theory, but they ran the wrong way.
I pulled out of my darkness in time to see the explosion on my screen. The sun, bright as a nova, spread across the vast darkness that is the universe engulfing nearby planets. Sparkling particles spraying out crashing into farther planets knocking them off course, disrupting the order of the Solar System, spreading across the galaxy. Until one piece came flying through the wormhole and caused its collapse smashing into the space station that held the camera billions of people were staring through.
Are there no lengths to which some people wouldn’t go? They've destroyed billions of lives just like our own, alter egos living without a clue as to what was about to befall them. All wiped out because one stupid girl had one stupid theory and what did this prove anyway?
The man on the screen was sitting with a panel of scientists excitedly babbling on about the implications and theories proved.
I couldn’t wrap my mind around anything they were saying. This proved nothing. It didn’t prove that we were a part of anything greater or how small we were in the universe. It didn’t matter that beyond that explosion part of the Milky Way of another universe still existed or that nothing beyond that explosion was affected, how could they even know what's been affected?
For all we know a future of possibilities has been destroyed. For all we know, we are a part of some great being and the multiverses are other beings, perhaps family, perhaps a beloved. For all we know, we just caused the beginning of the death of another great being. For all we know we are a cancer spreading sickness like an infection through our host, as it is we are killing our planet, planning to move on to the next only to destroy it too.
For all we know, we know very little. For all we know... we know nothing.