Forever Mastadon ~ Epiosde 51
…“If we had no moon at all, chances are Earth would be just another rock circling the sun…
Constance never considered herself the scholarly type, rather taking advantage of her cheerleader body and accordingly matching looks, one of the reasons her and Fanny work, with her friend possessing a combination of disguised intelligence and child-like innocence. In this matter, however, she has morphed into a studious sponge. “But what does the moon have to do with things?”
Martin has descended into professor mode, eager to satisfy the unquenchable thirst of an inquiring mind. “That is where the single most fundamental law of cosmic physics comes into play; gravity is what makes the world, or universe, go ‘round. How Earth orbits the sun, how the solar system navigates through the Milky Way and finally how all the other galaxies keep their distance from each other; gravity is what determines these things.
“Our Moon serves as an anchor for this ship. If you it were to suddenly drift away now, after having been here for the entire time, planet Earth would descend into geological upheaval. The continental plates would be scrambled into an unrecognizable mess and volcanism would rule the day.
“If we had no moon at all, chances are Earth would be just another rock circling the sun, an ordinary orb arbitrarily wobbling from year to year; without life, without singularity.”
“My cousin Jimmy says that the moon is the Earth’s dartboard, attracting all those meteors and crap.” Eddie cannot help but inject his own brand of knowledge. “Just look at it; a good pair of binocs show all those craters.”
“I’d love to meet that Jimmy whom you refer to often.”
“He lives over in Berwyn; I can take you there sometime.”
“That’s quite alright, Eddie, I was being facetious. Anyhow, Earth has as many or more craters being the larger target; it’s just that it heals itself, just like our skin recovers from a scratch.
“That all aside, the bottom line is, believing that all these factors have fallen into place by accident……..frankly is folly. There are an increasing number of us in science who subscribe to intelligent design over evolution.
“Will Libby is one of those who have not swallowed that pill.” Martin is still fearful of what kind of Willard Libby they are retrieving; wondering what manner of cruel pill takes away one’s memory.
CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I.