Friday, May 9, 2008

5-9-08: This Might Blow Your Mind

There's a concept out there that I've heard of but don't remember the name. I've tried entering stuff on Google to find out, to no avail. Basically, it's a combination of physics, pseudo-science, philosophy, and religion. I like to refer to it as the Relative Order Theory. It's actually more of an observation, and this is in no way a real scientific theory.

What this concept consists of is a belief that we are living in a world that is mostly chaos, but we somehow find order in it. Many people, myself included, treat this order as a sort of Divine Intervention. I've often thought, either while driving or on a hike, of how wonderful it is that airplanes don't randomly fall out of the sky, and that natural disasters like the tragedy in Burma are relatively rare.

This probably sounds insane to most people, but it's an interesting concept. I really started to think about it more and more when I read more about quantum theory and how many physical laws aren't really true at the sub-atomic level. Things can be in two places at once. We never really "touch" anything because the electrons repel each other. It's all relative. And, it's all in your head.

Which leads to the wonder of it all. How is it that we can function in such relative stability, with things going on around us that we are either unaware of or simply cannot control? Most people take it for granted, but sometimes I just look around and try to observe some of the smaller things.

I think this also involves something I call "natural vanity" in people. Man-made global warming proponents seem to exhibit some of this. We humans think we determine how everything works. It's part of our psyche. If it's not in our control, then it's some one else's fault. Did you ever notice that? It happens to me all the time. It's either my fault or another person's fault. Few people are mature, or wise, enough to not blame something on another person when it's probably not their fault.

But then again, it usually is some one's fault. People put themselves in situations, and it's ultimately their fault for being there (unless it's obviously some nut who randomly intervenes from out of nowhere). But that's also the issue: people naturally associate fault with any action or event. That concept is part of our normal operation, so it's only natural that we associate fault with all natural occurrences. Well, not all, but most. It can drive people insane.

Have a good weekend.

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