Everlasting Argon

Argon, as I recall from my chemistry classes, is an inert gas which is present in our atmosphere. Along with oxygen, carbon dioxide and water vapor, we breathe in Argon with each of our breaths. It is exhaled exactly as it was inhaled; no changes whatsoever. Its outer electron shell is ‘full’ and therefore inert. Curious stuff, Argon, and what is it doing in earth’s atmosphere? What’s its purpose?


For many millennia, that Argon has been breathed in by Neanderthals, Cro Magnon man, pharaohs, barbarians, kings, slaves, Henry Ford, his workers in Detroit, slaves on ships bound for the Americas, conquistadores, toreadors, and people who mop the floors.  Lincoln respired the same Argon molecules as Booth; so did the Klansmen who hung the negroes on Saturday night. I may have inhaled the same Argon as Jesus or bin Laden. Or Genghis Khan, Jackie Robinson or, for that matter, Robert E. Lee’s horse.

So, that’s up with all of that? What’s the point of these inert gas molecules floating around our planet which we and everyone on earth continue to recycle in our lungs with every breath we take?  Is there some message here? Does it show our interconnectedness on planet Earth? Or what?


4 thoughts on “Everlasting Argon

  1. I absolutely love this post….thank you mudrake man…I am breathing your argon now as I type…

  2. I’m on my lap-top at McDs this Sunday morning and observing people. Table directly in front of me has a Hispanic family of mother, father, toddler boy, and infant girl. Speaking Spanish, having family conversation. Now,
    another Spanish family has just come in and although strangers they are introducing themselves and making over each others children. They have two boys.
    Another table is a black mother with two girls and a boy dressed and well groomed, on way to church. The older girl is very attentive and helpful
    to her toddler brother.
    A third table has a very elderly couple, the wife has palsy.

    And, now three bus loads of Young Life Christians from Lubbock, TX
    have just come in, at least a hundred. On their way to Atlanta to join a
    Young Life crusade. All high schoolers, one black boy in the group.
    Another boy has a shirt on that reads, Preach Southern Pride. Two are now sharing my table. I asked if any Hispanics in their 158 traveling group, the
    response was “nope.”And, only the one Black. Interesting, all the white
    boys are in tee shirts as its 80 here, but the black boy is in a long sleeve hoodie!
    A snap shot of life this morning in Jackson, MS……

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