Die Deutsche Bahn als Beweis von Einsteins Relativitätstheorie.
„I think… a little bit almost quite very soon, and not long.“
(Indische Zugabfahrtszeiten, In: „Shantaram“, G.D. Roberts)
Quantum particles are a bit like fairies in the woods: they stop dancing and vanish when you look at them. All but one.
„,Ein Gerät also, mit dem all das, was weit weg ist, nahe kommt.’
,Wie die Zeit also?’
,Kannst du dir die Zeit ans Auge halten?’“
(I. Trojanow, „Der Weltensammler“)
„The beauty and horror of The Juniper Tree (…) has remained with me since childhood; and yet always the chief flavour of that tale lingering in the memory was not beauty or horror, but distance and the great abyss of time, (…); they open a door on Other Time, and if we pass through, though only for a moment, we stand outside our own time, outside Time itself, maybe.“
(J.R.R. Tolkien „On Fairy-Stories“; In: „The Monsters and the Critics“)
„Eternity abides in unity highest and farthest ’outside‘. Within, Time, it’s everlasting likeness, moves according to number, doing so by means of the daily turning of the fixed sphere in the sense of ’the Same‘, the celestial equator, and by means of the instruments of time, the planets, moving in the opposite direction along ’the Different’, i.e. the ecliptic.“
(G. de Santillana & H. von Dechend, „Hamlet’s Mill“)
„Auf der Scheibenwelt ist das Licht langsam und träge. Es hat nicht die geringste Eile, irgendeinen Ort zu erreichen. Warum auch? Bei Lichtgeschwindigkeit befindet sich alles an der gleichen Stelle.“
(T. Pratchett, „Pyramiden“)
We experience causality in time… But what if we’d experience time in causality?
„Er (Grosseteste, einer der ersten Wissenschaftler des neuen Europa im 12. Jhd.; Anm. des Sammlers) meinte, das Licht sei die grundlegende körperliche Substanz der materiellen Dinge und bringe ihre räumlichen Dimensionen hervor, zugleich sei es das erste Prinzip der Bewegung und der causa efficiens (Wirkursache). (…) Das Licht – (…) – war die Art und Weise, wie Gott das Universum schuf, und durch das Licht standen Körper und Seele des Menschen in Wechselwirkung.“
(vgl. Projektion; J. Freely, „Platon in Bagdad“)
The first ray, the first astray.
„(…) able to see all eternity with all its objects, and as a mirror to contain all that it seeth: able to love all it contains, and as a Sun to shine upon its loves: able by shining to communicate itself in beams of affection and to illustrate all it illuminates with beauty and glory: (…)“
(T. Traherne, „Centuries of Meditation“)
From the Father, through the Holy Ghost, to the Son.
From the Cause by Means to the End.
From Consciousness through Energy to Matter.
But what is Energy in this sense, what are the ’Means of Consciousness’?
Well, like its source it has many names: Ether, Prana, Chi, the Matrix, the Force, Higgs Field, the Rainbow Bridge, etc.
This Field is the container of ALL THINGS in the Universe, brought forth by the Creator; Pirsig calls it the „cutting edge of reality“ in his book „Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Mechanics“. It is the bridge between the outer and our inner world. It conveys our thoughts and feelings into being – that which seems paranormal or supernatural from a material viewpoint. The Field is a quantum-mirror of our world, of what we, together, BELIEVE to be true, of what we create with our imagination (Gregg Braden).
Tibetan monks call this Compassion, or: Love.
We interact with it.
We have to become what we choose to experience in this world.
We are made of the Ether.
We are the Matrix.
„Man glaubt, dass die Dunkelheit viel schneller ist als das Licht, da es ihr immer gelingt, dem Licht auszuweichen.“
( T. Pratchett über Dunkelgeschwindigkeit, „Die Gelehrten der Scheibenwelt“)
„Und wenn ein Schatten verblasst und verschwindet, wird das verbleibende Licht zum Schatten eines anderen Lichtes.“
(K. Gibran, „Der Prophet“)
„Because no man can ever feel his own identity aright except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper element of our essences, though light be more congenial to our clayey part.“
(H. Melville, „Moby Dick“)
What was there first? The chicken or the egg?
The answer is as simple as it is frustrating:
Both. And none of them at the same time.
Die Realität ist nur eine von vielen.
„Yes and no… this or that… one or zero. On the basis of this elementary two-term discrimination, all human knowledge is built up. (…)
Because we’re unaccustomed to it, we don’t usually see that there’s a third possible logical term equal to yes and no which is capable of expanding our understanding in an unrecognized direction. We don’t even have a term for it, so I’ll have to use the Japanese mu.
Mu means ’no thing‘. Like ’Quality‘ it points outside the process of dualistic discrimination. Mu simply says, ’No class; not one, not zero, not yes, not no.‘ It states that the context of the question is such that a yes or no answer is in error and should not be given. Unask the question is what is says.
Mu becomes appropriate when the context of the question becomes too small for the truth of the answer. (…)
The dualistic mind tends to think of mu occurrences as a kind of contextual cheating, or irrelevance, but mu is found throughout all scientific investigation, and nature doesn’t cheat and nature’s answers are never irrelevant. It’s a great mistake, a kind of dishonesty, to sweep nature’s mu answers under the carpet. Recognition and valuation of these answers would do a lot to bring logical theory closer to experimental practice. Every laboratory scientist knows that very often his experimental results provide mu answers to the yes-no questions the experiments were designed for. In these cases he considers the experiment poorly designed, chides himself for his stupidity and at best considers the ’wasted‘ experiment which has provided the mu answer to be a kind of wheel-spinning which might help prevent mistakes in the design of future yes-no experiments.
This low evaluation … isn’t justified. The mu answer is an important one. It’s told the scientist that the context of his question is too small for nature’s answer and that he must enlarge the context of the question. That is a very important answer! His understanding of nature is tremendously improved by it, which was the purpose of the experiment in the first place. A very strong case can be made for the statement that science grows by its mu answers more than by its yes or no answers. Yes or no confirms or denies a hypothesis. Mu says the answer is beyond the hypothesis. Mu is the ’phenomenon‘ that inspires scientific inquiry in the first place! There’s nothing mysterious or esoteric about it. It’s just that our culture has warped us to make a low value judgment of it.
(…) Don’t throw away those mu answers! They’re every bit as vital as the yes or no answers. They’re more vital. They’re the ones you grow on!“
(R.M. Pirsig, „Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance“)
Ein Spiel hat mit der Realität mehr gemein als man sich wünschen sollte.
„But, doubtless, this noble savage fed strong and drank deep of the abounding element of air; and through his dilated nostrils snuffed in the sublime life of the worlds. Not by beef or by bread, are giants made or nourished.“
(H. Melville on Queequeg, „Moby Dick“)
„Der Raum, den ihre (die Gesamtheit der Einheiten der Materie; Anm. d. Sammlers) Menge füllt, bleibt keineswegs ein passiver Behälter, sondern wirkt auf sie wie ein aktives Richtungs- oder Übertragungsmedium, innerhalb dessen ihre Vielfalt sich organisiert. Wenn man Atome nur einfach zusammenfügt oder aneinanderreiht, erhält man noch keine Materie. Was sie zusammenballt und miteinander verkittet, ist eine geheimnisvolle Gleichheit, die unseren Geist befremdet, mit er sich jedoch schließlich abfinden muß.“
(P.T. de Chardin, „Der Mensch im Kosmos“)
Spiritualität ist die wagemutigste und, interessanterweise, die am längsten währende Hypothese dieser Welt.
„He felt that the solution started with a new philosophy … – a new spiritual rationality – in which the ugliness and the loneliness and the spiritual blankness of dualistic technological reason would become illogical. Reason was no longer to be ’value free‘. Reason was to be subordinate, logically, to Quality, and he was sure he would find the cause of its not being so back among the ancient Greeks, whose mythos had endowed our culture with the tendency underlying all the evil of our technology, the tendency to do what is ’reasonable‘ even when it isn’t any good. That was the root of the whole thing. Right there. (…) Reason and Quality had become separated and in conflict with each other and Quality had been forced under and reason made supreme somewhere back then.“
(R.M. Pirsig, „Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance“)
So, if the world really is a simulation, a field of learning, or a game even… why, that would rock the very foundations of our existence!
Imagine that. With such an understanding we could take life more lightly, we would be safe.
But it would not mean that we should become indifferent, lazy or frivolous; that we should not address the problems and challenges of our time. …Not all of us anyway, but then again, this is nothing new.
Because we would still care. For example, even today, some people care more about video games than about life itself. And there have been times when I would’ve been one of them.
It would simply mean that we could loose our fear, knowing that, ultimately, we cannot be hurt. Not really. When even Death becomes only a restart, a gateway for transformation – a game changer.
When we loose our fear of non-existence only then will we be able to be free completely: to connect, to love. Only then will we be ready to solve our problems and create. Peace for example. But as long as there is fear, there is conflict.
And that is still an interesting thought which might have existed since the beginning of thinking.
The old religions say that the world, and we, and everything in it, has a beginning and an end (again: like a game), that we are here for a purpose (to learn) and that we may always contact some entity „outside“ of this world (of simulation), or „Maya“, as the Hindus say. Be that God, Consciousness or Reality itself. You name it.
So the ancient spiritual wisdom of the world is now, finally, beginning to collide and becomes entangled with a very basic, rational logic, maybe even with science itself. Now, at the brink of multiple human disasters, it becomes not only a tangible reality, but a simple and quite grounded necessity for our survival.
Past and Future collapse into one single moment. Of Compassion.
„When science is learned in love, and its powers are wielded by love, they will appear the supplements and continuations of the material creation.“
(R.W. Emerson, „Essays And Other Wirtings“)
(N)Euer Senf – mittelscharf, wenn’s geht