first light and bad love

The Sun coming up is an illusion so convincing that, though we know it is the Earth’s motion that causes the Sun to appear on the horizon, we persist in calling it ‘sunrise’.

This is because we on earth are in a rotating reference frame. Something that I don’t fully understand.

But I think it might be kind of like falling in love with the wrong person.

Jan 21 sunrise Gloucester promenade ebszabo

I say this because before the 16th century, this illusion of the sun rising led to the belief that the sun revolved around the earth, that’s geocentrism.

Then Copernicus formulated the notion that the Earth revolves around the Sun – that was the heliocentric model.

Fast forward to the 1920’s, by which time astronomers had observed that the sun was not the center of the universe after all, and was, it turns out, part of a galaxy that is only one of billions.

It’s possible that bad love can be attributed to an illusion, created by a rotating reference frame.

Writing prompt: Write a love story powered by illusion, showing its evolution from geocentrism to heliocentrism and finally, achieving its place in a galaxy that is only one in billions.

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