Simplistically, our Universe and our world consist of matter, energy, and space/time. I just described everything real we will ever experience or interact with during our lives. Physics is the one thing in reality that we can trust because it is utterly reproducible. The laws of physics as we describe them are laws to us because of their impermeability and permanence. Faith is not required to accept a scientific understanding of physics whether a person’s understanding is rudimentary or advanced, as every aspect of non-theoretical physics is demonstrable. Self honesty is required to apply this information in our daily lives and to construct functional technology from the knowledge we deduce.
There has always been a frank disparity apparent to me in what people claim to know and what people actually accept as being real. This is a murky area to describe, particularly in the inherently poor perspective of trying to describe other people, but I think it can still be helpful here so I will try. Perhaps I’ll understand it better myself in the future and I’ll be able to come back to this to clarify it.
Speaking in very broad generalizations we don’t apply very much of what we’re taught to our held and believed worldviews of what is actually happening around us. Most people don’t look at the objects in their room and appreciate the complexity of the molecular structures comprising those objects. Most people flatly refuse to consider that all solid matter as we perceive it is by overwhelming majority empty space. Most people don’t want to consider that they are made of the same stuff we consume, and so we make light of it, we joke about it, as humour is an effective means of achieving denial of less threatening ideas we still find unacceptable.
There exists a fantastic complexity of physical expression all around us, all of the time. Even in the bleakest of Earth’s environments there is such chaos of activity compared to what exists in an overwhelming majority of the Universe. I don’t think taking some time and making some effort to appreciate this is unduly romanticizing it. I see it more as a way of building trust with reality, and this is one of the reasons I chose photography as a hobby to pursue, too. In spending hours examining the structures that comprise the life around me through lenses and microscopes I was able to find more acceptance of what other forms of life experience – including their abhorrent suffering.
And then there’s our suffering, so much of which is self induced on some human scale, individual through cultural and political. As I learned more about why people are so bent on recoiling from reality by accepting more of it, myself, I started to gain acceptance of the choices and motivations and forms of suffering people value. This isn’t to say I approve of or support any of these notions, but they no longer exasperated me with “Why?!” questions. This in turn made emotional reactions to the pertinent ideas feel less appealing, and if they happened, less compelling.
Combining reflection on this with my attempts to remain deliberately mindful of my emotionalism in the moment, I was finally able to accept much more of myself in a way that has brought me significant personal relief. It is my intent to describe these processes and ideas so that people reading this might be better equipped to pursue self honesty to greater degrees themselves. It’s my hope that this website will become a kind of roadmap to describe a path I don’t think we should have to walk blindly.
When it comes right down to it we have two choices with regards to accepting our physical nature. We can accept it and move on to more interesting things, or we can engage in dishonest behaviour fueled by emotionalism to curtail our own growth.