This young woman had a dream. She wanted to be able to produce an image of a black hole. The scientific community deemed this to be impossible. How can you take a picture of an object so dense that not even light can escape its grip? She figured out that while you couldn’t do that you could string together the image of the anomaly’s effects upon the space around it. She knew that at a certain distance the light would escape, and the image of that very light would produce a visible void, in effect the blank image of a black hole!
In a time of anger, of political turmoil, a bright young lady giving this light to the world should be lauded. Totally harmless. So shy that she covered her smile with her hands. And internet trolls attacked her without mercy!
It all stemmed from a chance shot when she first beheld the image, or rather the lack of one, and beamed with joy. She saw something in that image. It was far easier to relate to that one expression of wonder and joy than the more than two hundred faces behind the photographic revelation.
The hateful calls streamed in. The fake social media accounts, the wry Facebook remarks and memes. It is well and good that Katie Bouman plunged into space looking for answers for we have become the planet of the apes!
If you believe in the end times then you know well Revelation 20:3 “And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed for a little season.”
If the sixties was the era of love the millennium is the beginning of the “little season,” for hate is the driving force today from politics to a young lady’s smile. And as bad as I hate to say it the internet is at least one of the heads on the dragon.
Anonymity is a powerful thing. A way to say things that you would never say to someone in person. A way to take out your anger and frustration on people that you don’t really know, and you most likely will never meet.
We no longer form our own opinions. They are formed for us. If you are to be a loyal soldier of whatever faction you find yourself to be a part of then you must agree. You must toe the line, but most of all you must hate! You must abandon all reason, follow the lead. You must chastise a pretty girl’s smile!
Somewhere out there, in a galaxy far, far away there is a black hole. It has been waiting for eons to have its picture taken. Then it happened. And a girl gasped in amazement for she saw what the trolls all missed. The black hole was smiling back!
*The Butcher Shop