Personal Reality - One Perspective

RJ's Personal Thoughts #2

31-July-94
 
Reality is far more than we perceive.  We all create our own reality.  These things I'm sure of.  

We create our own reality ... plain and simple.  The in depth mechanics are at this time beyond my comprehension.  However, as I don't need to understand how an apple grows to enjoy the fruit, so I am able to use this knowledge without understanding the 'nuts and bolts' as it were.  I may not understand how a phone works, but I can still make a call.

The colors I see are not the colors you see.  The sounds I hear are not the same as those you hear.  What taste good to me may turn your stomach.  The physical world is filtered by each of us in our own way.  This filtering begins with our physical bodies, then further filtered by our brains, and finally by our individual perceptions. 

Let's start with sights  They are filtered by the mechanics and limitations of each one's individual eye.  For example, I am blind to the infrared light that my dog takes for granted.  My field of perception is dwarfed by that of a hawk.  Is either 'more correct?'  The lion that I see as a regal beast, you may perceive as a lazy predator.  Our individual perception and ideas form our personal reality.  Each is correct ... to the viewer.  

Science tells us with some certainty that the spectrum of light goes from here to there as they point to our known range of light.  Why do we so willingly accept that this is the finite limit of light just because it is the limits our current technology can detect?  Do you suppose scientist of the past were any less certain of their known limits of light before infrared or ultra violet light was discovered?  Why then do we find it so hard to comprehend that there are vast spectrums we have yet to discover?

Now, expand this example to include all the other 'known' limits to our reality.  Don't you suppose there are sounds yet to be detected?  To paraphrase a Zen koan; what is the sound of two atoms crashing?  And how does that sound differ from that of two galaxies?  The perception makes the difference.  

Solids are solids only because we choose to call them so.  It's all in where you draw the lines of division.  Glass, I'm told, is truly a liquid because it flows.  True it flows slowly ... but that is where we have agreed to draw the line.  The ground I perceive as solid is mountains and valleys full of caves and caverns to the ant at my feet.  

When I was a young boy, my father, upon hearing me proudly state that I had learned that two things can't be in the same space at the same time, showed me a 'trick'.  He handed me a small bottle and a box of cotton and instructed me to fill the bottle completely.  After I had packed the bottle full and was confident nothing else would fit into it I handed it back to him.  Whereupon he proceeded to push a straight pin into the cotton.  Then he filled it with water.  I laughed at having been outsmarted by the old man and thought no more about it for years.  I think back now on the extremes that this trick could have been taken.  Suppose after filling my already full bottle with water, he had dropped in a few drops of dye.  Now to my full bottle could have been added a beam of light.  Do you get my meaning?  My idea of full was 'colored' by my perception at the time.

Cannot the same principle apply to time?  What I think of as old is but a short time to a tree and a moment to a rock and to a planet ... too quick to perceive.  That everything is relative to the viewer is not a new idea.  Einstein made it famous, but others before had touched on it.  Einstein however limited his theory to the speed of the fastest thing he knew of ... light.  But suppose those yet undiscovered spectrums of light travel faster than the light we know?  There was a time, not so many years ago, when the idea of a man surviving 100 mph travel was unthinkable.  Even today, our scientist report deep space objects that travel many times the speed of light.  Given Einstein's limits ... how is this possible.

When you take away the perceived boundaries where does that leave you?  Here ... now!  But it should cause us, as a race, to open our minds.  For who knows what we might perceive if only we quit setting so many boundaries.   
 



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