Start of fall reason enough to ponder world around us

Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 05:12 PM.

The first day of autumn is just another day, but equinoxes and solstices bring out a little of the Druid in me. Or, perhaps that’s the fluid in me. I’ll be right back.

Predictability of the sun’s relationship to our planet was figured out in the dim recesses of our existence. Mankind recorded and pondered the sun’s crossing of the equator and maximum latitudinal progress for thousands of years, arriving at valid conclusions without scientific data.

Our little old ancestors formed religions and built monuments based upon our planet’s movements relative to the sun without having a clue about stars, or planetary and solar system mechanics. They extrapolated accurate prediction models based solely upon observations.

I find such close connections to surroundings amazing, given the fact I routinely get lost in department stores. We moderns think we’re "connected" by virtue of a few hundred friends on Facebook or a few thousand followers on Twitter.

The ancients connected with each and every observable part of their world from aurora to zebra. They related animal and bird behaviors to weather patterns. I must connect to Skip Waters.

Cause and effects observed year after year, century after century created quite a wealth of knowledge independent of written languages or Google. But in the interest of honesty, know that my appreciation of our ancestors stops at my doctor’s office.

I don’t envy their lot by any means. I enjoy modern insulation from the rigors of nature. Give me my air conditioning, warm clothing, solid houses and vaccination scars. My comfort puts me out of sync with the planet, but all "syncs" aren’t created equal.



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