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What Matters

Some massive relationships might buoy you up or drag you down. Others are so light a breeze might blow them away as if they never existed.

We describe people as being rock solid or flighty as if how they relate to others out weighs their physical substance.

Physical Relationships

Solids differ from liquids or gasses by how molecules or atoms with in substances relate to each other. The more tightly related, the harder the substance feels.

If we could look even more closely at matter we would see electrons relating with the atom’s nucleus as a standing wave. An electrons relationship to protons and neutrons determines its shape.

Electron orbitals
Shapes of electron orbitals for neon.

The Higgs Boson has been dubbed the “God particle” because it explains how particles can have mass due to their relationships with other particles.

Spiritual Relationships

In the Old Testament, the word typically translated as “glory,” as in the glory of God, also means the weighty, as in the heaviness of God, as in the heaviness of gold. Thus:

Like the bow in a cloud on a rainy day,
such was the appearance of the splendor all around.
This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
— Ezekiel 1:28 (NRSV)

So it is that relationships matter and matter is relationships.

What or perhaps, who matters to you?

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