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How to Change Your Day
You can’t perceive what you can’t conceive.
Read carefully because the following can change your day…
Here’s a scientific discovery for you all to ponder: Ninety-six percent of the universe is stuff we’ve never seen. More precisely, the cosmos is 23 percent dark matter and 73 percent dark energy, both of which are invisible — unseen and unknowable — to us humans. All the stars, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, nebulas, and gas clouds all together make up the visible four percent.
So, where is the other 96 percent? No one knows. It’s not only concealed from humans, it’s undetectable to the instruments humans have devised, and its whereabouts can’t be predicted by any existing theories. Scientists know how much dark energy there is because they know how it affects the universe’s expansion. Other than that, it is a complete mystery.
Knowing this, how does this change your thinking? If the vast majority of reality is invisible to you, how should you adapt to that knowledge? How certain can you be about anything? Maybe one way to adapt to this fact is that we should maintain an open mind.
Seventeenth century church authorities refused to look through Galileo’s telescope. Why bother, they scoffed? Christian dogma made it perfectly clear that moons could not possibly circle Jupiter.
But before you scientifically minded folk get too smug, consider that most of today’s scientists refuse to consider the possibility that unidentified craft might have been flying around our skies for years. It’s absurd to think that beings from other star systems could travel these vast distances, they tell us, as they look down their noses with contempt. They say there’s no valid reason to examine the evidence. It’s a ridiculous proposition. Their certainty contains a major bias: that sentient beings from other worlds can only have ships that are limited to the means of propulsion we have discovered here on Earth.
I’ll insert my patented blank stare here -> ::blank stare::
And please don’t get it twisted: I’m not saying that UFOs exist, only that we shouldn’t be so smug about our assumptions about their existence or lack thereof.
To the ancient Greeks, electricity was as bizarre and unfathomable as telepathy is to us today. Yet electricity existed before anyone “believed” in it. It’s just that there was no theory that proposed its existence and no means to gather evidence for it. Before electricity could “exist,” the culture had to change in order for people to be able to know where and how to look.
Today we’re aware of electricity as well as black holes, x-rays, and infrared light because we have the instruments to extend our senses. I have to question the wisdom of a mindset that assumes we have developed every sense-extending technology that will be ever be invented.
When Columbus’ ships first appeared on the horizon, First Nation people saw them as floating monsters. They didn’t have the conceptual knowledge or experience to know them for what they really were. You can’t perceive what you can’t conceive. An adult who has been blind all his life and through surgery is suddenly given the gift of sight takes a while to be able to interpret what he’s looking at. The eye alone doesn’t see. The mind and the cultural prejudices it has internalized interpret and shape what we see (and don’t see).
So what the fuck does all this have to do with your day, let alone changing it, you ask? Give me a moment and I’ll try to bring it all home for you.
Some of you may have heard of Einstein’s theory of relativity. I won’t try to explain it, but his theory changed the very way in which we perceive reality. It has influenced (and continues to do so) every sphere of science. This elegant little theory almost single-handedly changed our lives in so many ways I can’t begin to count them. One admiring journalist asked Einstein how he arrived at his theory. “How did you do it?” the journalist asked. “I ignored an axiom,” Einstein is said to have replied.
To be clear, the revolutionary scientist didn’t say he ignored an opinion or a theory, but rather he ignored an idea so well established that it was regarded as self-evident. Furthermore, he didn’t say he rebelled or fought against the axiom: He simply acted as if it weren’t there.
And that’s it in a nutshell, if you want to change your day (or even your life), you have to stay open to the realization that even the most accepted assumption can be wrong. Begin by learning the rules and then break or at least deeply question all of them. Or at the very least act as if the limitations don’t exist.
My name is Eddie and I’m in recovery from civilization…
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