Reality is Relative
With no one requesting to be born, reality still as enigmatic as ever, and so many of us in motion affecting others and the planet from simply living, a basic collective understanding of reality is more important than ever. But in our modern bubbled lives, we’re more concerned with finding like-minded information that reinforces our views and beliefs. We don’t want to be distracted from the routine of being comfortable and entertained. It seems those distractions are keeping us from caring about the larger bowl of our collective reality today, and our part in it. Our species has never had it so good. All the amenities of a contemporary life are glorious. But because of hubris, a lack of education, or simply not caring about the state of our collective reality and state of the world, we’re placing more pressure on ourselves, each other, and the planet than need be.
It’s amazing how far our species has come from using sticks to make fire to a world where we have access to instant information. Well, almost instant information, as information can’t travel faster than the speed of light. Scientists like Einstein and many others before and after him have shined a light on the hidden secrets of the universe that constitutes today’s understanding of reality. Many of those torchbearers were spiritualist and some religious, but whatever was gleaned from tactile experiment was believed and accepted first and foremost before any divine supranatural deity.
Whether one believes in the sacred or secularism (or somewhere in-between), acceptance that humans are organic and need biological support to live needs to be embraced by all for a lasting humanity. But humans are complicated creatures comprised of flesh that forms a body. A body equipped with a brain that forms a mind. A mind that grows from electrical impulses made from physical sensory experience. All of which extend to the ends of the universe like all electromagnetic radiation. And with so many impressionable and expansive minds on a finite sphere capable of forming their own reality, dispelling of belief blinders is more important than ever. The world simply can’t support all the misguided biases that fracture our increasingly connected world.
All of us think our lives are valid and make for a legitimate reality from our perceptions. We can’t help it, it’s part of our makeup. All lives are valid, but if we have experiences that make us believe in a reality that’s splintered and isn’t in line with what our species collectively understands reality to be today, the less merit it has. The more our beliefs stray from what our species has found to be true, the more resistance we induce into ourselves, others, and the planet for a more sustainable future. And with so much cursory disinformation being disseminated at the speed of light, it’s more important than ever for all of us to question and dispel of beliefs that don’t align with what humanity, writ large, knows to be real. Our truths, wishes, and beliefs aren’t facts.
No person alive questions whether food, water, and air are necessary for living. And if we put our ignorance, biases, and special interests aside, acceptance that the more wholesome and uncontaminated those necessities are, the better off all of us will be. But we like our stuff, enjoy conveniences, and really like to be entertained. And there’s nothing wrong with any of these endeavors as they’ve arisen from our species evolution. But with so many people on the planet wanting the latest and greatest things and experiences, and all the resources consumed and expelled to make them, recognition and acceptance that they need to be done in the most sustainable way must be heeded by all. All of us living today and in the future need to embrace unadulterated scientific facts for humanity’s solidarity and salvation. Then after that, we can believe in immaterial things like gods, ghosts, or whatever floats our boat.
With the human capacity for reason and beliefs, man has made religion. Again, nothing wrong with it until it deviates from our united understanding of reality as a species. Many leaders and followers of a religion have guidelines for moral and ethical guidance. And again, if the doctrine supports humanity in social and environmental sustainability, then have at it. But if their teachings are shortsighted, and it’s either their way or the highway, or they don’t recognize factually what we’ve found cumulatively to be true as a species, they shouldn’t be subscribed to. If it divides, we must not abide.
Pure science unifies. Einstein’s special and general relativity, along with his discovery of the photoelectric effect that ushered in the probabilistic nature of the quantum, revealed that the universe is inherently random, yet whole. He transcended Newton’s deterministic clockwork universe. E=MC² states that matter and energy are equivalent with C (light) being the measure and ultimate arbiter for how much power E or M have. Humans are made of matter, and all of us have more power than we can imagine simply by our body existing in spacetime – along with a mind that’s so unimaginably vast. We’ve made huge strides in understanding reality, but it’s constantly evolving as our species evolves. And that’s a good thing as the future is as open as it’s ever been.
So, it is in our personal and collective physical (or virtual) hands in how we shape our future through the decisions we make. But all of us need to be open enough to see our belief blinders and accept that reality is relative for all of us. We need light for physical vision, but it also provides the mind the capacity to see, adapt, and support the reality that our species collectively knows today. With so many of us on the planet, all with more power than we know, how else do we try to ensure our species self-preservation?