Thursday, November 23, 2006

If you were to shrink down, down, down, past the atomic level and into the quantum foam, you would encounter the uncertainty principle, and just by observing things bring them into being. Supposedly at the quantum level, possibilities flit about like hyperactive fleas, and just the act of seeing one changes the probable to a certainty.

Complete and utter balderdash, of course (and therefore probably true...)

You encounter the same phenomena every moment of every day without shrinking at all. I am convinced that reality is only 3% "real" and 97% attitude.

If life were an Everlastinggobstopper, that little tiny seed center is barren fact and the bazillion layers of sugar and coloring is all how we FEEL about it. If we believe life is glorious, it is. If we believe life is a hoover, it is.

Think about it: try to strip perception down to just the .03 that is real. If you think "wow, it really is glorious" you haven't actually gotten to the 3%, you're still layering attitude on it. That .03 is pure, uncolored, unemotional fact. It is the real creation with no nod to the Creator. I suspect it's what lower animals exist on (not higher animals, like dogs, who also color their world good or bad, or cats, who believe they ARE the world) and that we can never even approach.

Hindus believe that existence is completely illusion, at the will of the gods. While close, I can't agree. I think each individual existence is an illusion at the will or unconscious of that individual. There is a bedrock fact of reality, created by God, and there are 6 billion illusions created by each person (though influenced by God's sovereignty). My illusion is not your illusion, and both religion and its successor "civilization" strive to synch the illusions up (the failure of which is responsible for the current war - which has its own uncertainty principle since it is whatever people think it is, which certainly isn't the same in any two cases).

Christianity, which I don't believe is a religion but a relationship, aligns the illusions to God's reality, which is more than just earthly fact and is in fact the unifying theory that brings together physical and metaphysical (containing emotion, spirit, supernatural and natural) but does so in part here, and complete in heaven. The sad thing is that even in the church a plurality of illusion exists, almost completely unidentifiable as differing until the proper divination of the Word - that terrible two-edge sword - cleaves them apart. Not just denominations, mind you, but individual understandings within the same pew.

Praise God our inclusion in the body of Christ is a work of God and not ourselves. Heaven would be pretty empty if it was.


beks said...

Wow. that was really deep and hard to get through, but I did read it. about the only thing I understood was the last paragraph, and I agree, left to ourselves, we would cease to exist! our Father is so kind to even care about little nothings like us.

ps. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

damaris said...

i agree with what beks said about the last paragraph.

it was really deep and i'm not sure i quite understand all of it either. i bet i don't even get what i think i do. it makes me want to re-read it later and work until i 'get' it.
which could be soon. or never...

Sherlock said...

sorry that i can't come up with an amusing comment.

malissa said...

I'm a lot older than those 3, but I agree with them. I would have to stand on an ladder to touch that one, it was that far over my head!
But, that's what we love about Rob!
Keep it up and one day, when I grow up I might understand what goes on in your head (or maybe not.....)

dawn said...


I like it.

Now my illusion of reality says I'm going to go have some ice cream and it's going to have no effect on my physical health. (Wait a minute, that's delusion. My bad.)

dawn said...

Matt here: Einstein once said "I want to think God's thoughts. The rest are just details" I hoped Einstein read his bible alot because he was obsessed with the details. As a kid I used to think that since God dreamed us up, we must be living in God's dream, but Rob touches on that "Matrix" thing where 6 million people are "dreaming" life away, including the church. Sort of like Plato's cave were all is a shadow of true reality. But more interesting than perception vs. reality is that God's perception IS miracles don't happen in His world. He's not breaking his own laws to part waters and raise the dead. He's using deeper laws that tie the universe of the flesh and spirit together- the "deeper magic" of Narnia if you will. The unseen reality that we strive to peak at, and will someday. God holds the molecules themseves together, it won't take effort to let go. We do not own our next heartbeat.
We live on grace. Till then Flatlanders, Good night! Dream well. Thanks Rob! Good musing.

Rob said...

Oooo, I like it, Matt! Only Matrix says it's a dream and I'm saying it's a perspective. We are really here, not dreaming it. But we dress reality up in emotional clothing. As it deviates from God's True Perspective (as it must) it becomes destructive.

Take Dami's accident, for instance. 'Nette tells me with a worried frown, "D's been in an accident." That is a fact. My heart feeling like it stopped in my chest was in reaction to the emotions layered over the fact (that and it took awhile for her to tell me that D was okay). Someone of lesser faith and wisdom would obsess on the near death experience and be crippled by it (though,Dami, after I had a small fender-bender I was a bundle of nerves on the road for months. When you get jumpy in a car, remember your incredible bravery of just getting in the car).

At the same time, Dami is as near to my heart as my own children, so while there are thousands of accidents a day, this one reminds me to hold Ben, Charli and Aly a lot closer, and gratitude to God that she is okay (and has something to write about!) that will encourage me to keep a proper perspective.

All that to say, Hey Matt and Dawn! Let's get together! You can bring the kid, too. :)