I am reading Reinventing Gravity by John W. Moffatt. It is a beautifully accessible book.
I hadn't thought of gravity as a force of attraction or "togetherness" or a bonding force.
I also see more clearly our backwardness on accepting "new" ideas.
Aristarchus of Samos (310-320 B.C.) proposed a heliocentric universe. He was "charged with impiety for removing the Earth and human beings from the center of the universe."
Time passes. Copernicus did not allow his ideas on the sun as the center of the solar system to be published until he was near death. Why? Fifty-seven years after the death of Copernicus, Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), who embraced his ideas, was charged by the Inquisition and burned at the stake.
Why is there such fear? It makes no sense and holds us back and yet we see it daily even now. We may exchange information in what may be seem as miraculous ways and yet, the quality of much that is exchanged is deeply sobering.
My word for today is tolerance. I continue to hope a balance can be found, a balance that allows us to stand on a continually replenishing earth as we find ways to touch with newly expanded vision, the stars.