“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” – Oscar Wilde
Daily Nugget of Gold 1082
Our Varied Realities
Last time we discussed full moons, coffee, and aerobic exercise as three instances where we differ in our perceptions. Truth be told, we cannot imagine there are many subjects that we all agree on, are there? We bet if we looked hard enough, we’d find that some folks still believe the earth is flat or that the earth is the center of the universe, for example. We might just think they are ignorant of the facts and that might be. They would likely think that we were. You might say, “Maybe, but we can prove it to them they’re wrong” and we might be able to convince them that they are wrong- or in some cases, they still won’t believe it. Science is the business of taking ideas about “what is” and showing evidence for what is factual and what is not, isn’t it?
As we mentioned before, science is a messy business, however, although some people’s opinions on it may vary on what we just said, scientists themselves would likely admit that as with any human institution, there is a great deal of disagreement, prejudice towards certain results, political, and career considerations which come into play even in the scientific world. But wait, but wait… isn’t science supposed to be the one institution which is all about seeking the ultimate truth? Maybe, but when humans are involved, this can be and often is a very disorganized, opinionated, fragmented world as well. No wonder we’ve not reached the point where we say we know the answers to the full moon question. Even if science were to establish one theory or the other as true in some sort of conclusive fashion, some folks would still point to anecdotal evidence as flying in the face of it.
Well, we could agree to disagree, right? Of course, you know… some folks will disagree to that, too! We’d like to float a theory here which has been kicked around quite a bit in the circles of the most successful among us- that we in large part create our own realities based on what we believe to be true. Immediately, there are going to be people who disagree with that assessment, and for now- let’s just let that go. Let’s talk a little bit about what science has to say about this subject through research done in the last hundred years. Science has shown that neither time nor space are exactly what we have believed them to be. Time seems relative and space is not a constant, and recent scientific discoveries have shown that even matter isn’t what we thought it was, but rather that it appears to be made up of energy on the smallest levels.
What we just said in that last sentence is an oversimplification, for sure- but from the area of scientific study there seems to be a growing consensus that there must be a much larger reality which is hidden from view- mostly- than our physical matter reality. We’ve gotten enough peeks at it to know it’s there but not enough for most people, especially in the scientific world, to come even close to agreeing on what it is. Needless to say, scientists are either troubled by this or elated by it. Sigh…
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What is the greater reality in which my own reality exists?”
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