As I was reading a post on 'light' I got to thinking. The propagation of the photon, is it the original photon? or a 'dasiey chain' of interactions that results in it not being the original photon? I'm most likely off on a number of points here so please do correct where needed. Here was the thought, as the change in an energy state creates the photon and the photon has no rest mass. Does this mean that you could look at it as that the photon is a disruption to the 'field' that connects everything? it would to me explain the no rest mass as at rest there is no 'point' existence, once 'disrupted' and the "ripple" propagates the mass is related to the energy state of that change. at first glance it sounded like the aether idea but that's not at all what I'm thinking of, I got an image of billard balls and the interaction of them as a way to picture the photon but then suddenly thought, wait what about looking at it as the billard balls are the changes in energy and with each contact of a ball is the possible photon creation. taking it a step further the energy from the sun for example wouldn't in reality be traveling as you'd imagine an object moving along but it would be more of a chain reaction that propagates in an interaction between atoms. So the above confusing description would be that the photon as described as the smallest packet of 'energy' is just that, it's the EM field itself. I wish I could get my thoughts out on paper with clarity they have in my mind. I know the above is disorganized and I could spend another couple hours rewriting it to fit what I'm thinking. so my apologies to few who took the time to read this. If you're wondering it's a neurological disorder that does this. Oh and this post took me 1hr to write too... but 30secs to come up with.