Black Holes

Space and time are astronomically (pun intended) interesting to me. Combined with my love for photography you can imagine how intrigued I was to see the recent black hole image that was captured. 

This TED Talk explains how the image was captured, and includes some animations about how, theoretically, black holes are created.  

The thing that I found most interesting was the concept of “the point of singularity.”  Basically, it states that black holes are actually cone-shaped, and like all cones they merge down into a single point.  At its widest point the black hole they imaged would fit 6.5 billion of our suns, and the point of singularity is only two-dimensional. Smaller than, say, your finger nail. 

I always thought black holes obliterated anything that entered them, thanks to the old “asteroids” arcade game. While that is probably true, in a black hole objects are simply subjected to infinite levels of gravity  (not even light can escape which is why they are black). So, for example, if earth entered a black hole like this it would be condensed down to a size smaller than a bouncy ball but it would have the same mass as it currently does. 

While I was thinking about all these incredible things, I thought about the similarity between black holes and influential ideas.  

Inluential ideas are cone-shaped. At their widest part of the cone an idea attracts large masses to it. People stand in awe of its power. Some spend most of their working life trying to study or understand it. But the truth is that influential ideas also originate from a point of singularity. A point so small; a thought so brief you almost don’t recognize it.

You might not even consider the glimpse of an idea worth pursuing. 

But what if you pursued it? What if you went for it?