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Michael Schaffer

The Nature of Reality

  •  This is the most far-out thing I will place here, but it all makes logical sense.  To begin to know how we can incorporate the five essential values, we have to understand our self and its relation to the universe in a scientific sense.

    Here is a brief primer on essential terms.  Mass is “the property of a body that causes it to have weight in a gravitational field,” according to wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn.  Matter: "that which has mass and occupies space," according to the same source.  Energy is, "a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the capacity of a physical system to do work," again, according to the same source.  I will cite the same source for their excellent definition of time: "fourth dimension: the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event," but I will switch to Wikipedia for the definition of atom, which is, "The atom is a basic unit of matter consisting of a dense, central nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. ..."  Then I return to my first source for the definition of a cell: "(biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals."
    Pay particular attention to the atom.  The atom is the root, at the time of this writing, of everything we perceive through the senses.  The atom is this dense nucleus with a cloud of electrons, as the definiton states.  But there is nothing between the nucleus and the electrons.  A large percentage of this unit is void.  These atoms make up all elements, and these elctrons are responsible for the bonds that keep them together, make them seem continuous to our perception.  The electrons are moving at a particular frequency, or repetitions within a given unit of time (my definition), and therefore are the basis for the solidity or fragility of various things within our realm of perception.  These are in all the square cells of every plant, every vairety of cell in each living being, every element altered into houses, buildings, cars, radios, computers ... so imagine the range of things in terms of solidity.  Diamonds are hard, feathers are fragile.  These don't accurately represent the extremes, but you get the idea.  We perceive these things through our senses.  But because we are within this range of vibrational frequency, we're only picking up 88.1 FM to 107.7 FM.  What if there is an entire world of short wave out there beyond our level of perception?  Physics, in fact, tells us there has to be.
    And the deeper we look inside ourselves, the more we find ourselves looking down into a kaleidoscopic maze growing ever deeper and deeper; once we look up beyond ourselves, we will be looking into another kaleidoscopic maze running deeper and deeper, but on a potentially infinitely larger and more dramatic scale.  Our broadening view teaches us that all things are energy, from the bottom of that maze down into us to the top of maze beyond us, and that energy never dies, but changes form.  In my interpretation, this is our sense of immortality, though we lose our consciousness when this body dies (as the physical structures and chemicals of the brain contain our recognition of this reality).
    But does our energy go to a great beyond in the glowing face of a beautiful god?  I'm afraid this still seems in the realm of mythology, but consider that any being who could create infinite strings of space-time next to one another, any being which could generate every cell, every atom, every element of the universe ... is this not a being whose intellect vastly dwarfs ours?  Is this not like a speck of dust understanding the mind of a man?  And consider that everything around us ... every part of the sciences religion despises are steadily finding the trail of cookie crumbs left in the forest by a great, designing intellect that may possibly reside at the end of the yellow brick road surrounding us.  But this potential being, and this being's desires for us if there are any, are completely beyond our current intellectual capacity to discern, and pretending to know the will of such is pure Narcissism.
    But this is a tremendously liberating thing – to think we exist within a relatively microscopic segment of a greater reality, that these troubles to which we attribute massive importance ... are so small ... so minor ... ephemeral.  We have had a shining moment to make a difference, and so we retire to another form of energy.  And with this same guiding notion, the nature of who we are at our essence is like the water on our earth.  This water becomes vapor, it returns to the oceans, and so we drink the same water, refined by nature and industrial process, in which Socrates, Hummurabi, Napoleon, Hitler, all the kings and queens and common peoples of the earth drank and bathed in.  We are the energy of the continuum, we emerge through biological refinement, and then we return to the energy continuum.
    While Dr. Deepak Chopra does an eloquent job interpreting this information, this all goes back to the Taoist notions of the relevance of water, the Hindu ideas of a larger existence, Christian  and Muslim ideas of a larger reality that helps form this one.
    But this realization simply lays the foundation for the next point.
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