We have heard on the news about all of the excitement regarding the Higgs boson, or “God Particle” coming out of CERN in Switzerland. CERN is a basic atomic research institute using a 27 KM long accelerator, or “atom smasher”.
But why all of the excitement? For starters, scientists and mathematicians have for years been coming up with and working with equations that attempt to explain what happened at the very time of the whole of the universe was created – The Big Bang theory, the so called Standard Model of Particle Physics. They had accounted for protons, neutrons, electrons, photons, weak forces, strong forces, all of the things that they had discovered, or identified that make up our very existence and everything we can see in the universe, everything that is except the one thing that made their equations and calculations “work”.
The thing that makes the universe “work” became known as the God Particle. It is the thing that gives everything “mass”, so we have gravity, the stars and planets can form, the very elements that make up everything including us could form. None of the other theories equations or research could explain the very existence of mass (or roughly, why does everything have weight)?
Without mass, our universe would just be this huge sea of charged particles floating in a soup of charged energy, without form. The God Particle gives the universe form, gives us everything we touch, see, hear, our very existence.
But why is this important in our daily lives? Why would we care what a bunch of scientists in CERN and other basic research centers around the world are doing?
I believe that the discovery of the God Particle can be a metaphor for us in our daily lives, our business operations, how we treat our associates and even our family members.
We can study and learn management theory, organizational methodologies, philosophies, and all of the elements and practices that make companies work profitably, and make our lives work successfully. We may have studied accounting, business law, and personality types, but what ties this all together? There would still be something missing that would make our personal and business equation balance. I believe the thing that makes it all pull together and make sense, is the God Particle or spirituality in our daily lives. It is the God Particle, our Higgs boson that makes everything work. It gives “mass” or meaning to our business, our relationships with family and friends. It looks a lot like love, caring, kindness and respect for everyone.
We would love to hear how you are expressing your unique GOD particle in the workplace and your life. Please share your thoughts and ideas below.
James M. Hines, P.E. is the President of Isolutions Incorporated, Past National President of the American Glovebox Society, and Colorado Section Chairman of the American Nuclear Society. He holds a Masters of Engineering from UCLA. He is presently a mechanical engineer for Jacobs Engineering.
You can find Jim sharing much of his free time with his wife Marla Riegel.
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