This I Believe

Breanna - Plover, Wisconsin
Entered on October 25, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: afterlife
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The Word With No Answer

The word that means continuous and forever, tantalizing even the most knowledgeable of them all. Some believe in it, others don’t. I believe in infinity.

When you look up at the sky at night and see the millions and billions of stars, what do you think? How far do you think the sky goes? Is there life out there? What else is out there? So many questions fill my head and confuse me. Infinity is such an immense and overwhelming word. Used in science, math and religions, infinity cannot be totally explained; it is just there.

Proposed by the English mathematician in 1650, John Wallis was the genius that came up with infinity. Math uses infinity to define numbers that continue on forever and ever. Can you imagine a number that goes on forever? When you look at a number line with arrows at the ends, it means infinity. Like I said before, the concept is hard to picture in your head or mine, but it is just one of those things you have to believe in and accept. I believe in infinity.

In science, scientists cannot prove that the universe is infinite, but I am not the kind of person that has to see it to believe it. I just know that infinity is the answer. The Earth is not the only planet out there with life on it and the universe does not revolve around us. There could be millions of other planets with creatures and objects unimaginable. The technology there could be so advanced that when compared, we are like cavemen to them. I believe in infinity.

What happens to us after death? Based on what religion you believe in, life may end for you when you die. But I believe that my life is not even close to being over after death on Earth. It is just the beginning to a whole new live. Raised as a Catholic, I am taught that Heaven is the answer to those who believe in it. Heaven is like infinity to me because once in Heaven, there is no end. I believe in infinity.

Why do I believe in infinity? It may be because of my religion. If I am convinced there is a place called Heaven, I must believe in infinity. Or, it may be because I need an answer to the uncertain. There is an answer to everything, some things are just not as clear as others. It may be because it just makes sense and scientific or mathematical explanations are just too complex to understand. For whatever other reasons there are for infinity, it is simply an opinion. And my opinion is that I believe in infinity.

So the next time you are gazing into the deep night sky at the stars an undeterminable amount of light-years away, ask yourself, “Do I believe in infinity?”