This world is an utterly beautiful place. A place of though finite, but such intricate and miraculous wonders that we as viewers are many a times awe-struck by its fantasticalities. It has survived billions of years and according to the available scientific data regarding its health and deterioration rate, it has still billion years to go. But the question isn’t that how progeny will survive those billion years, but that how the earth will survive those billions of years to come whilst the future generations to come, deplete and drain the earth to its core.
This beautiful and tiny world of ours currently hosts a mere 7 billion human beings and trillions and trillions of other living beings. It constitutes an area of about 75% water and a tiny 25% of piece of land. With numerous mountains, deserts, oceans, volcanoes, forests, inhabited cities, towns etc., it is the third most close planet to the sun in our little solar system and probably the only one with gravity, atmospheric pressure, soil fertility and water availability of such a degree and extent as perpetuating life.
Since the dawn of life on this earth and since the time man has gained consciousness of the limited but hefty resources on this planet, life has embarked on a self-sustaining cycle of progress. The primitive man though ignorant as per the contemporary ways, was a genius in his own primitive ways that later showed him a way forward for bringing into use all that the humble earth had to offer. He used wood and rock to make fire, hunted down animals and birds for their skin and meat and built caves to dwell secretly and in defense against the lurking monsters of the night. Time moved on and man started building machines to acquire sustenance from mother earth as she had a lot to offer but puny man was not capable of doing so by hand any more. Now gigantic water storage dams, water barrages, oil-drilling machines, oil reservoirs, mineral extraction plants, uranium enrichment plants, wide-spread agricultural fields, etc. overlap the primitive man’s efforts and ideals with such glory as renders the contemplating eye awe-struck.
But where will it end? It is a phenomenon known to us all that whatever begins must end, because of the fact that we live in a dimension that is under the auspices of time and space. Time is the enemy and friend of every single being on this earth or on any of the other life-giving planets in any of the other multiverses. Time governs every single of our moves and actions. It’s a divine rule to live by it as time has been posed on us as a limit to humanity’s limited greatness.
This world began billions of years ago, out of the Almighty’s making. And now someday, sometime it will have to perish. But how? It’s simple though. Mankind, out of its greed, avarice and the lust for advancement, betterment and perfection, will drain every ounce of life-giving material from this earth. Our solar system and more essentially, our sun will also have run out by then thus a whole solar system will get perished.
It begins like this that our sun, like other creations in this universe had a beginning and so it must have an end. The end I must say is horrifying for us common men but might seem a beautiful wonder to physicists or other men of science who associate themselves with cosmological interests. Anyways the point I’m trying to make is that our sun will, before it fully drains itself, will turn into a red giant, massive ball of heat and radiations which will turn into a planetary nebula, a space aurora of sorts and then eventually from a white dwarf to a black dwarf. Since our sun is not a massive star, it can’t prolong its journey towards becoming a black hole. It can only journey as long as becoming a black dwarf, a stellar remnant that no longer emits heat, radiation or light because of cooling down. Now this death process of our sun will create such massive gravitational and distortional pulls that our earth and the planets nearest to the sun will tear themselves apart out of the massive surge of gravity through their cores. This will annihilate every living creature on these planets. Perhaps Jupitar, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune might survive this hazardous event as they are not in close vicinity with the sun.
Now from here, the journey towards the after-life begins but we’re not discussing that as my theological point of view might not appeal to the men of pure science or of pure logic. Because that’s only as far as faith goes, otherwise there would be no point in believing or having faith.
Having read all this, I must say that it’s been an unexpectedly expected turn in the fate of our solar system and in particular, our earth. But this is indeed the beauty of it all. The ending is what magnifies the beginning. The end of life is essentially what gives meaning to the beginning of life. Death is the lens through which all the happenings of this world drain sustenance from. But why should mankind be a party to the quickening of this deterioration process? Why should the inevitable be sped up and brought to our heads in just centuries to come? The changing climate and deforestation, the depletion of water resources and ozone degradation through the emissions of greenhouse gasses from air conditioners, refrigerators, vehicle engines etc. are all incentivizing this process. We’re all for the taking and gaining part but have we ever paused to ponder if we’re also giving something in return to mother earth? Is the plantation of even one tree tiresome for us when whole forests and jungles are just to give us timely oxygenated air?
The question here is simple. Yes, we all are going to die one day and even progeny will, eventually, no matter what the earth in a billion years might look like. But are we really all for expediting the process where all on this earth perishes for no good at all?