Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My thoughts on Gravity and The Wetness of Water

I recently got myself involved with the comment thread of a post that I quite frankly had no business being involved in… My ‘need’ to comment was due to my desire to share my observation that one of the people on the thread was in constant contradiction of their own statements… it was a fascinating display of ‘I am right and you are wrong’ so I chimed in with…

 'I consider myself to be a Gnostic Theolalite, I believe that everyone should have the freedom to:Do whatever they want, worship whatever they want, believe anything they want, so long as it hurts no one else and they don't force their views on anyone else.' - your words... perhaps it is time to reflect on why you are so determined to force your personal view of religion on the person who posted the original video. Granted this is none of my business but I just wanted to point out that your constant contradiction of your own words leads those reading to question the validity of anything you say which in turn reduces the impact and the power of your argument. Perhaps if you could find a way to remove the obvious emotional attachment you have to this issue then your reasoning would be more clear to others... as it stands, it is quite evident that your anger outweighs your logic, which is I'm afraid, not the best place to begin when trying to get your point across.

Of course I should have kept my mouth shut, it was none of my business but it wasn’t long before I received a response.  For the first few minutes I actually managed to convince myself that I wouldn’t engage any further but the temptation it appears was much too strong.  Yet rather than have an all-out argument on a friends wall with a complete stranger I thought it might be best to sit back, reflect on their comment and ponder how to most eloquently answer a statement that was obviously a declaration of ‘word war’…

The question was…   ‘I am not in contradiction of my words, I am simply pointing out that the so called Muslims above are. However, I admire someone who can hold an opinion in the face of conflicting evidence. What are your thoughts on gravity and the wetness of water?’

And here is the answer I could not resist giving (shaking my head at my own ability to get sidetracked by inconsequential issues).  An answer which I am stubbornly not posting to the original thread but instead sharing here in the interest of opening up a bit of discussion on why we feel so overwhelmingly compelled to convince others how they should see the world.

A fascinating query; although I do recognize the condescension in the act of asking the question, I also am aware that any response I make is a direct reflection of my own intellect, therefore I will choose this as an opportunity to reflect and to clearly step away from any emotional attachment I may have to ‘proving myself right’.  After much consideration I have decided that much like our original topic of conversation (religion), the wetness of water and the impact of gravity depend on each individual perception in each unique situation.  For example – if you compare how gravity may be felt or perceived by different individuals you may notice that there is a directly correlation between life experience and the effects that gravity has on the human body.  To a baby, gravity is an unrecognized force that belays their attempts to perform simple feats like sitting, crawling and walking. To a healthy, young adult body gravity does not much get in the way of day to day function’s, they will continue to go about their daily tasks without ever really feeling challenged by gravity.  Lifting objects (within a reasonable weight) will not be a burden and if that young strong body also happens to have a fully functioning brain attached to it, they will no doubt find ways to utilize gravity to make their job easier.  Now on the other side of that would be the aged or the infirm who struggle daily with the effects of gravity on their lives.  Objects and the manipulation of them can become extremely challenging and at times near to impossible, and if there is some kind of dementia related to the illness or the aging process, they will not have the capacity to reason out how gravity may in fact be used as a tool.  They may also find that gravity has a direct impact on their ability to manipulate their own body, a realization that is no doubt scary and perhaps even a little confusing.  Now the interesting thing about this is that the actual force of gravity has not altered… in fact it has been proven by science to remain constant, yet as we grow, as we change, our perception of gravity in turn changes. 

The point – Gravity does not change – We do…

And at this point I begin to wonder… would it be worth my time or yours to continue onto the conundrum of ‘the wetness of water’ or should I simply leave you with this thought… Much like the perception of gravity, each individuals perception of ‘religion’ or ‘spirituality’ will shift, alter and grow as they navigate their way through this remarkable adventure we call life. As such, I would caution, you can no more convince a person to alter a perception of these things without altering their past experiences than you can ask gravity to cut you a break because you are old and frail.  Again… something to reflect on. 

Niki Norlock, author of  Truth - My Synchromystic Journey