There are three types of mysteries, or at least things we refer to as mysterious.
The most obvious to come to mind are architectural wonders – the pyramids, Stonehenge, the Lost City of Atlantis. How – or, in the case of Atlantis, whether – these magnificent structures exist is mysterious, for sure. Yet, their explanations are more improbable than impossible.
Another type of mystery emanates from circumstances that could more accurately be classified as coincidence or dismissed as just randomness or “eh.” Such as:
Why consecutive street lights turn green every time you actually need to stop to grab something from the glove box or back seat?
Why an old friend who you were just thinking about calls out of the blue?
Or, why Justin Bieber has 56 million Twitter followers who read Tweets like “Life is about the journey.”
The best mysteries of all, though, are those that are both great and beyond comprehension.
What is the capacity of the human mind? This mystery is great and definitely — and not coincidentally — beyond comprehension. We literally do not know how much we don’t know.
Still, the biggest, greatest mystery of all is also, ironically, the most obvious.
Give it a second thought. Look above, skyward. How far does space go?
Astronomers and mathematicians claim that space is ever-expanding and infinite. It may be. We don’t know for certain, only in theory.
By default, farthest space is humankind’s most confounding and humbling mystery, one that is great beyond comprehension.