We may notice that the seasons are shifting a bit. A research report from Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology at Pune projects that this region could be 4 degree hotter by 2050. We are taught that once upon a time the Earth was a ball of fire. The life appeared gradually as it cooled down slowly, slowly. There are reports of ice-ages too occurring on earth.
We talk of life on the Mars in some distant past, or a possibility somewhere even today. May we think of our lovely Earth becoming like Mars someday having been depleted of the life-giving ingredients? Are we destined to decay, or face a deluge/Pralaya/Kayamat in language of the poets and prophets? The climate readers warn. Let us look into logical possibilities.
Every body/system decays with time. The decay period is characteristic of the body or the system. External forces too have secondary effects, not necessarily small always. What it may mean for our Earth and the solar system?
Sun’s fuel, giving the spectrum of its radiation, may exhaust in course of time, as per available knowledge. Earth’s climate may not hold that long due to our misuse of its natural resources, or due to man-made threats from thoughtless innovations in pursuits of ego or greed. For example, threat of a nuclear holocaust setting-in a nuclear winter looms upon us. In addition to massive losses of lives, the life-forms may undergo changes as part of evolution or adaptation!
Moreover, as the Life is of migratory character, the life from a planet may migrate to another planet having more hospitable environment at a point of time within the solar-system, or from a solar-system to another, and so on, maintaining an unending dynamic equilibrium in the Universe! Jain philosophy considers the Universe as Anaadi-Anant (having no beginning-no end).
Hence, history of distant past in our solar-system, and around other distant stars across the galaxies is very much relevant. If validity of such fundamental-looking possibilities could be established through the Space ventures, we may be able to infuse greater satisfaction in our existence on the Earth, promote ecology, reduce conflicts, and enjoy the bliss of Life in harmony as part of the Nature’s cycle!!
At present, Physics is in a great flux. Great quantum theory explains atomic physics while Einstein’s theory of relativity explains the Big Bang and the expanding universe. But, they fail at a ‘black hole’ that can give a deadly punch to a passing galaxy billion trillion miles away from us. A friend, Anjez Winkler exclaims that the Big Bang may be relevant in understanding our Planet's galaxy! But, we may see 'beyond' the Big Bang, see Infinity.
That means, the spirit of scientific inquiry in the fundamental realms must not be looked as waste of human energy, time and resources.