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 existing, 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 belief, and we want to be as comfortable and entertained as possible.
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 shown a light on the hidden secrets of the universe and constituted today’s understanding of reality. Many of those torch-bearers 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 experiences are valid and make for a legitimate reality from our perceptions. We can’t help it, it’s part of our makeup. And to some degree, the impact from our personal history and the truths we believe have merit if they fall in line with what our species collectively understand reality to be today. But 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. 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 what we collectively find to be true for humanity’s solidarity and salvation. Then after that, we can believe in immaterial things like gods, souls, 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’s needs for social and environmental sustainability as we collectively see it today, then have at it. But if their teachings are shortsighted, and it’s either their way or the highway, and 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. And 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 transcending 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 has. We’re made of matter, and all of us have more power than we can imagine simply with our bodies existing along with a mind so vast. We’ve made huge strides in understanding reality, but it’s constantly evolving as our species evolves. But 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 open enough to see our belief blinders and accept that reality is relative. We need light for physical vision, but it also provides the mind the capacity to see and adapt in our personal lives to the reality that our species knows today.