Up Over and Down Under

An Australian friend believes that the Southern Hemisphere is on top, and the Northern hemisphere is down under because as he says, “Australia is slowly sliding down towards the Equator and the Northern Hemisphere, and as the force of gravity makes things slide down not up I know we are on top cos we are sliding down, See?”

Makes sense to me. And a whole different way of looking at things. It gets tiring have to be up all the time. If we were naturally down, any sort of “upness” would be a special bonus, not a requirement. We’d still have the weight of the world on our shoulders, but at least it would be understandable since the weight of the world really would be on our shoulders.

Calling the hemispheres northern or southern is merely a local designation in relation to earth’s poles. In reality, a globe spinning in space has no up or down, no south or north. From that point of view, the same gravity that is pulling Australia toward the equator is keeping us all from spinning off into the heavens.

Whew! I feel upside down now, not really sure which end of me is up. I just hope gravity holds long enough to keep my feet on the earth for as long as I live.


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels UnfinishedMadame ZeeZee’s Nightmare, Light BringerMore Deaths Than OneA Spark of Heavenly Fireand Daughter Am IBertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.