One Brief, Brilliant Moment
Unless you are dictator of the world, communication does not create reality. It either matches reality, or it does not.
Since we have no universal dictator who can change reality at a whim, we’re stuck with reality.
No person’s individual perception is reality, yet your own personal experience with reality is literally synthesized in your brain.
Our collective perception does not determine reality. It, too, either matches it, or it does not.
What you believe does not determine reality. It reflects its possibilities.
Science does not determine reality. It discovers it.
Laws do to determine reality. They restrict it.
Reality existed for an unfathomably long time before humanity evolved on this planet, and it will exist for a even longer time after we are gone.
Every paradigm, belief system, dogma, doctrine, and credo will, one day, seem flawed and imperfect. I am not left. I am not right. I am a realist. I attempt to render understanding the approximates the truth.
The limits of our personal and collective knowledge are real. Real for now. Then they expand. New limits are found.
Across the animal kingdom, biology dictates much of what we find as the “nature” of organisms and species.
Until humanity comes to terms with the fact that our biology places limits on our understanding, and that we erect constructs to replace unlimited knowledge as coping mechanisms, we will always believe that we we currently believe is the truth.
It’s scary in the universe of un-knowing, but it’s also thrilling to imagine what we could learn if we let go of our constructs, and allow reality to wash over us for one brief, brilliant moment.
Allison Park, PA
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