We don’t know shit!


I should just say: ‘We are relative beings with relative feelings and thoughts about relative things’ and call it a day. But I won’t. I’ll write some convoluted-ass shit no one will read instead. Oh, and I really dig Neil DeGrasse Tyson, but that smug laughter of his makes me wanna punch Bill O’Reilly in the face.

We call this thing an ‘APPLE,’ but what does that strange array of symbols and the odd sound(s) associated with them have to do with the inherent nature of the thing? The term ‘APPLE,’ like other labels and concepts we apply to constantly changing things, are attempts to summarize the moment; an effort to sync existence with the relative speed in which we perceive it.

Speaking of plants and perception…

A future civilization may regard our concept of plant energy conversion as a mystical belief. I know that seems ridiculous NOW because we regard it as ‘hard science,’ but really try and put yourself in the hover shoes of a future generation. Here, I’ll help you: read the following as if most of the nouns and verbs were foreign to you…and required years upon years of studying tattered document fragments containing the personal accounts of a very small number of long-dead biased theologians or academics—not to definitively understand, but to wildly speculate about the words’ intended meanings; meanings that were also based on similarly tenuous data. All right, here we go…

    Photosynthesis is a process used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy, normally from the sun, into chemical energy that can be used to fuel the organisms’ activities. Carbohydrates, such as sugars, are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water (hence the name photosynthesis, from the Greek φῶς, phōs, “light”, and σύνθεσις, synthesis, “putting together”). Oxygen is also released, mostly as a waste product. Most plants, most algae, and cyanobacteria perform the process of photosynthesis, and are called photoautotrophs. Photosynthesis maintains atmospheric oxygen levels and supplies all of the organic compounds and most of the energy necessary for all life on Earth. –Wikipedia

Science has cornered the market on providing explanations for HOW things came into existence and HOW things function while religion stakes its claim on providing explanations for WHY things exist and WHY they function. Of course science will never be able to explain the ‘hows’ of everything, just as religion will never be able to explain the ‘whys’ of everything. There is a whole lotta assumin’ an’ presumin’ goin’ on on both sides. Yes, I know religious folks ‘think’ they have everything figured out, but consider this: religious texts are translations of translations of translations of translations of—you get the point. Also, some of the words do not easily translate one-to-one…and furthermore, we cannot be certain whether or not the events these texts reference actually happened, and even if they did we cannot know for certain if the information about them is 100% accurate; but is their accuracy inextricably linked to the existence of a God or Gods? What if these texts are merely about a nebulous thing that some of us ‘call’ God? Another word that is merely about a thing.*

Oh shit…

I can hear the eyes of devout atheists and steadfast theists rolling. Please stop. I know you hardcore atheists don’t believe in God or any possibilities outside the realm of your rigid understanding of those much revered (yet ironically fluctuating) facts, and for you dogmatic theists: I know it’s impossible for you NOT to take your religious texts literally (even though your ‘literal’ understanding comes from a several thousand year-long game of telephone). I get it. I really do, but this post isn’t for you. It’s for those of us who are tired of you rigid fucks controlling the entire conversation.

Cumbersomely moving on…

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and assume that most of you have never seen the word lachrymogenic before reading it just now, and I’m also going to assume that for the great majority of you your knowledge of the word will end here. Only a handful of you will do the research to find out more information. But really…why even bother? What’s the point of knowing anything about such an obscure term? How is this information useful? Especially given the fact that only a very small number of us know or even care to know its meaning. Does knowing the meaning make us ‘smart?’

If you know more about the concepts we apply to things than I does that make you ‘more’ knowledgeable? If so, about what? Eurocentric concepts? That’s only one angle of knowledge. Yes, it is an incredibly broad, diverse and multiple generations spanning angle, but there are many other angles that are just as broad, diverse and multiple generations spanning. Of course, not all of these different ‘concept collections’ agree with one another—what is one man’s sacred animal is another man’s sacred feast—hence all the fussin’ and’a fightin’ we seem to enjoy so damn much. But is there a way to avoid conflicts between our respective concept collections? It’s quite simple actually. All we have to do is work together to create one absolute understanding of all things.

Yeah right…

Conflict leads to knowledge.

Seemingly divergent forces NEED each other in order to exist. ONE doesn’t exist without THE OTHER

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We only think we know what we know. Literally. What we think about the world is what we know about the world. Or more accurately: our truth about the world is based on our relative perception of the world. In the picture above the ‘GODs’ appear different although they are exactly the same shade. Why are we incapable of perceiving the truth of this image? What is happening ‘between‘ us and it that distorts our perception? Outside of our confused brains, out there in the real world, the picture is ‘true.’ We are seeing something that doesn’t really exist outside of our perception…

We have five (severely limited) senses to perceive the world. We cannot see, hear, touch, smell or taste the infinitely multidimensional nature of the things around us. For example, this…

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…is what dust looks like to the naked eye. Using a microscope we can see another truth or another angle of perception…

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I could post optical illusions, items under electron microscopes (I’ve probably used this dust example 832 times on this blog) and even shots of various deep space objects all day long, but I’m pretty sure you get the point: Our perception of the world around us is heavily reliant upon our senses and the tools we have created to accentuate those senses. And even those tools have limitations. Knowledge gaps will always exist because perceptual gaps will always exist (by the way, our senses only represent five perceptual possibilities). So why do we hunt for absolute truth if absolute truth absolutely doesn’t exist? Why not give up? Throw in the towel? Say to hell with ‘understanding?’ What drives us to—

Wonder. Insatiable wonder.

No one specific school of thought or one specific religion owns wonder, yet it is the ‘reason’ they exist. So instead of bickering over who is right and who is wrong all the goddamn time, why not take a step back and consider the fact that no matter how ‘ignorant’ or ‘brilliant’ we are, we are all servants of this nebulous force? A thing not exclusive to our species. A thing that doesn’t seem to evolve. A thing that seems to always be here because it was always there…and no MATTER what will be…always.








*Since matter (both tangible and intangible) is constantly changing it is impossible to define the true nature of anything. As a result everything becomes the same—simply matter, but what matters about matt—

Let me stop this madness. If you’re interested in going further down this rabbit hole check out these articles. Good night.

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