The universe is awesome so I was really excited the other night. A once in a lifetime opportunity to witness â€œthe first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the Northern Winter Solstice since 1638, and only the second in the Common Eraâ€ (Wikipedia), and I was old enough to stay up for it! I bundled up and watched despite the fact that it was quite cold outside and I had partially obstructed seats due to the trees on the hill in my backyard. It was sometime between 2 AM and 3 AM that I realized my complete donutness. Here’s how my sleep-deprived, shivering, werewolf wary thinking went.
First I looked up at the sky and connected with the vastness of creation and it became absolutely clear to me that as the Talmud says, I am the center of the universe; everything revolves around me. From the perspective of â€œmeâ€ in my body – in my physical space this is so true! I reveled in this thought for a bit.
1. I am the center of the universe.
Then I started thinking about the enormous distances involved and the lightyears and lightyears of empty space separating all the components of the universe. And I started feeling small and puny and worthless. I am nothing compared to the vastness of the universe – I am nothing!
2. I am nothing.
Well now the logical imperative part of my brain took over and steps 3 and 4 are already obvious to you I’m sure;
3. The thing that has nothing at the center of it is a donut.
4. I am a donut.
I’m so happy I stayed up to watch the eclipse!