When dealing with others,
the zoom-in tool
helps us tuning-in to
all troubles and situations
with subtle, specific precision
so we can cultivate compassion,
promote harmony and healing,
and practice the ever-famous golden rule.
When confronting circumstances
we find personally challenging or uncomfortable,
the zoom-out tool
helps us to move out to
a vaster perspective.
Using zoom to view from a distance
prompts us to remember
how minuscule our story truly is
in our cosmic micro-school
where one lifetime is
(in a ratio-based relation to eternal existence
or even to just the age of our Earth–
as any geology professor will tell us:
if we count Earth’s age as
then all of human history is just six minutes…)
a blink of a salamander’s eye.
From the ground, we might gaze up at Himalayan peaks
or a skyscraper in New York City
and feel dazed.
(We tend to perceive our problems in a similar fashion.)
But if we take an airplane ride above them,
they appear dwarfed
and get tinier and tinier
the farther away we zoom our lens.
The Earth itself will appear as just
blue, green and white swirls of
land, ocean and clouds
if we zoom out even more.
And, even farther beyond,
the orb we call home becomes merely
a dot of
Zoom-out far enough…
and it disappears.
Zooming-in close with quantum lenses,
we find every atom hums in unified motion,
and physics enlightens us:
nothing is solid—
all matter is moving light particles.
(All our ‘matters’ are also like that!)
with a galactic (or microscopic) perspective
generates both serenity and kindness…
*Path to Kailas by Nicholas Roerich [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons
*The Blue Marble by Nasa [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons
*Center of the Milky Way Galaxy By NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/CXC/STScI [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
*Dark Matter and galaxies parting ways in collision between hefty galaxy clusters by the Smithsonian Institution from United States [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons
*Colors of the Universe and Enlightenment (the first and Last paintings on this page) by Reem Ali (Niume friend, used with permission.)
All other artwork by by Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioglu