So, I got to thinking the other night and I got into a very interesting rant. I'm sure some of the science might be a little skewed but I'm trying to make a point, not teach biology. Try to tough out a few paragraphs, I try to keep the science talk as simple as I can. So most of you should know by this point in your education that all matter is made up of atoms, which in turn are made up of subatomic particles (Protons +, Neutrons, and Electrons -). One atom of Carbon has six protons and an atomic number of six. That is how we identify it as carbon. All of the things that humans have created has merely been a manipulation of atoms in highly creative ways to create new and helpful, entertaining, or just flat out cool things for our lives. From the keyboard you're typing on, the desk your sitting at, and all the way down to the urine that is inside of your bladder right now are all simply an arrangement of atoms that make up the physical world. If you guys think back to your science classes you'll remember that we are a carbon based life form. Carbon is found everywhere in the universe, even in the sun. In billions of years the Earth, probably without humans as we know it, will be devoured by the very "generator" that gives us life as we know it. I'm really proud of you if you made it this far -- that part was so boring I had a hard time just typing it out and trying as hard as possible to keep it general and brief. Sorry if I mixed the facts up a little or took something the wrong way, it still doesn't change my point too bad. The point of this topic was for me to try to get some discussion going on just where the atoms that make up everything you are, know, or could possibly imagine have been in the fifteen or so billion years since the big bang (if you don't believe in the big bang or something similar, then just play along). I'm going to take the statement "since matter cannot be created or destroyed" to an entirely new level. Humans have this thing where we seem to think that we're special. We're not. We're just a blip on the screen in the history of the universe and the atoms that make up our bodies are just more proof that it is truer than we might want to believe. Think of an atom of carbon in your body. That single atom of carbon could have been a part of billions of other people, plants, or even came from the sun itself in some crazy solar flare. Even then you're only focusing on a minuscule part of that atom's life. Where was it when the dinosaurs were around? Maybe it was part of the mantle or blown out of the crust when the Earth was nothing more than a floating ball of volcanoes. How about when the Earth was forming? I really wish we had the ability, technology, and flat out curiosity to be able to learn and comprehend where individual atoms have been in their lifetime and just how important that really is to us, where we stand in the true timeline of the universe, and what has been/is to come of the tiny part of carbon that makes up the tears you shed.