Saturday, January 16, 2010

E=MC squared, I'm just sure of it.

(Pre-Script: This post will confuse you, and only confuse you more, if you read it as the song, "Mysterious Ways," # 23 on the playlist, plays in the background. Go down to the playlist, click on that song, then come back and resume reading. I'll wait...) (...still waiting...)
It's common knowledge that people try to control what they cannot understand, or else throw the whole thing out. Even if there might be some baby in that very confusing bathwater. We are not comfortable sitting in a little mystery, unless it is a mystery we think we can solve and get our brains to make sense of. It's hard to get our brains around, "I don't get it, and don't think I ever will." It's even harder when you don't even care.
Take me and calculus, for instance. I have no problem letting that bathwater just go right down to the last slurp slurp slurp and suck of that bath drain. And then I have no problem scrubbing the dirt ring off of the drain, as if that particular bathtub had never even been used. In my case, it might as well never have been. The thing is, I might never be able to explain Einstein's Theory of Relativity to you, or explain all of the elements on a Periodic Chart, but I don't care. Because I know that I can always make up my own. In fact, I am very good at making up my own theories and charts, for any and everything you can imagine, and my own are so much better sounding, to my own ears, at least. And this is a problem, because too many people feel the same way I do about way too many things. So relativity speaking, we are all speaking of relatively different things, all with the same name. And everything is Greek to me. But I never learned Greek. So we're no longer even talking to each other, we are talking to our imaginations. Now, there may be a place for this. But looking you in the eye and mistaking you for my imaginary friend is not the place for this.
Am I making sense people? No? Then it's a mystery. Learn to sit in the mystery and let it be what it is. Truth is true, regardless of if you understand it, or believe it, or like it, or not.
Amen, let's eat.


1 comment:

Kevin said...

If you make up your own periodic table can I see it?

This could be fun.