Sun, Cycles and Stardust

How a Simple Bike Ride Turned to Religion, Science and Too Much Thinking

Sun Cycles and Stardust

Father…it has been more than 10 days since my last bike ride…

After all the excesses of Christmas and the New Year, I finally plucked up the courage to get out on my bike this morning and thought I would do the shorter route to ease myself back into it.

Then the Lord came to me and said “Do the long route you pussy”! Well, he didn’t but there was a voice in me that said that so I did the long route. I am glad I did, I feel so much better.

That got me thinking. Isn’t it funny how even non-religious people turn to God in their hour of need whether they need something, they are in trouble or they are ill? Half way through the bike ride, as I made my way along Weymouth beach, the Sun was so overwhelming I had to stop and take a photo. See above…taken with an iPhone.

Side-note: After taking the photo, I noticed that I had rested my foot on a bench that was dedicated to Christopher Kitchen 1949-2011…Kitchen is our family name.

Anyway, I got to thinking more, like I do as I had turned my music off for a change, and turned my thoughts to the Sun. I think more people “worship” the Sun these days than ever before (holidays etc). Have you noticed how people’s mood changes when the Sun is out?

Then I thought about religion

The Mayans and other ancient South American people worshipped the Sun as their God. Until the Westerners came and cunningly introduced them to Tuberculosis to kill them off that is. Nice. Maybe it was because they worshipped the Sun and not their (Westernised) God? Maybe it was simply for their gold?

Anyway, to go off at a tangent of sorts, Humans are made of all sorts of stuff including Carbon. Carbon can only be made at incredibly high temperatures that only occur when a Sun (or star) goes into Supernova (for example), or dies, or implodes. Whatever you want to call it. Therefore, life on Earth could be made of Stardust…nice huh!

You could say that a Sun (His Son) died so we could live…sound familiar?

Maybe worshipping the Sun was quashed because the Sun cannot be monetised in the same way current religion can when we put a human face to “our” God? Maybe it’s time that we started looking at and appreciating all the amazing things around us rather than fighting over a story from 2,000 years ago?

As you can tell, I am not very religious in the religious sense but I do believe in faith. If faith comes from people believing in God, then great, no problem. If faith comes from the big old yellow ball in the sky, cool.

Furthermore, if it comes from your family, friends and people that surround you, even better.

For me, life on planet Earth, family and friends are all that matter...and my work so I had better get on with some.

When I am healthy, I am more creative. When I work better, my clients love my work all the more : )

About the author

Nick Stubbs is a professional photographer, filmmaker and drone pilot with over 35 years experience in the imaging business. Still as passionate about his work as he was aged 13. Married with two kids and living in the beautiful town of Weymouth in Dorset.

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