Hydrogen is element number 1. The simplest element – the source of all others. Oxygen is element number 8.
There are organisms on this earth, in the deep ocean vents where molten lava bubbles up from the core of the planet, and in places like the geysers at Yellowstone Natioanal park, where animals live on silicon chemosynthesis, not oxygen. Silicon is element 14.
But higher life forms evolved over millenia after the Cyanobacteria had spent millions of years pumping the Earth’s atmosphere with oxygen.
Oxygen is combusitble. Oxygen is the fire of the breath of organic life given by plants to allow for the evolution of the higher animals.
And we, who breathe oxygen, under the light of the pale moon, we can look into the furnace of the sun and into the elemental nature of hydrogen and phyto-electromagnetic-thermodynamics and begin to harness the engine of nature for our ends. The vista such contemplations inspires is transformative.
I have looked into the annals of history to see if there is a comparison in our evolution, in terms of the leaps now before us, yet, nothing is comparable. To harness the engine of a star, by learning its secrets, that is unprecedented in history.
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