The World is Upside DownPosted: January 15, 2011
I had an amazing realization. The world is…. not upright.
I’ve always wondered “why don’t people in Antarctica look like this?”:
In fact, shouldn’t people on the side of the world look like this?:
When I asked others why people didn’t fall off the bottom of earth they’d say — Because of gravity. Duhhh, I know that.
But why aren’t they… upside down?
In fact, it seems that only people on the top of the world should be standing normally.
Then somehow I realized… it’s because there’s no up or down!!! In the same way that left and right are relative so are our ideas of what’s the top and bottom of the world. It just…. is.
There is no north or south. I already knew how east and west are just made up. Europe and Asia are the “east” while I live in the “western world” are only arbitrary terms.
In space there is no north or south because it’s a large expanse where everything just sits where it is without any named places.
Our maps could have Australia on top if we wanted (though of course more scientifical thought goes into creating our maps).
Can this be applied to life?
Believe it or not, I created those pictures with my awesome photoshop gimp skills. My math skills on the other hand… they could use some brushing up. Especially for the looming exam and SAT. I’m looking to improve my math intuition with the better explained ebook. I already have most of my funds but I need a little more to become a math whiz. If you’d like to help me out, I’d be ever so grateful.