What Is, is all around us. Look at What Is, with eyes open. If you think about it, you might see it in layers. As usual, I’ll explain.
The first layer is obvious. On this level, everyone (with default vision) will see the same thing. You’ll see the sky, the trees/grass/shrubbery, etc. What Is, on an immediately-surrounding physical level?
But seeing and noting what anyone and everyone else can observe and note is child’s play. It’s nothing special, until you take it deeper. The roots of those plants have networks of bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc. Most of the time, these coexist in an ecological symphony. As does the dirt it all grows in, which itself is teeming with a hyperactive Microbiome. What Is, on a cooperative level?
Now take it even deeper. Where did all this come from? How many years of evolution and adaptation? What opposing forces had to be withstood and transcended in order to end up occupying this particular space, with a particular molecular makeup and set of phenotypical characteristics? What Is, on a molecular level?
Now think one layer further in yet. Consider the atoms and subatomic particles, vibrating in their latticework of space, hula-hoop wiggling at warp speed, moving to dances, beats, rhythms of the universe unseen but noticed and felt. Given to fall into a synchronized wave that coordinates into some grand plan. Pulses of heartbeats emanating from sources too grand to comprehend. What Is, on a subatomic, energetic level?
Now take it even deeper yet. What if our entire world is sitting in someone’s or something’s Petri dish? Consider a fire ant colony, building empires of underground networks that, when flooded by rain, bubble up into swollen mounds that shimmer and glisten with rage when disturbed. We observe their hard work, their precise bidirectional travel routes, and their brute strength. We experience their hair-trigger defense, too, that packs a punch disproportionate to its body size.
What if someone else sees us as the primitive, competitive, warring fire ant colony in their world?
If we view fire ants the way we do and we have the sneaking suspicion that our lives are much different, then what would that mean for the world in which we’re the Petri dish?
The people who inhabit such a world–how insanely intelligent and enlightened must they be? I would expect no problems. No crime, no lying, no pretending, no manipulation, no pain. But the would more than likely be wrong. Because humans are the way they are, and evolution so far has not solved that, or even changed much.
The Simpsons covered a lot of this in one of the Halloween episodes; in said episode, Lisa spawned a live colony with a lost baby tooth fatefully placed into a Petri dish.
Maybe that’s not as far from the truth as it seems, as we realize, or as we’d like to admit. Which is a sobering thought. And maybe sobering thoughts give us that occasional smackdown that is good for the soul. It reminds us who’s boss; I’m not sure what it is or what to call it, but I’m pretty comfortable saying that it’s probably not our immediately-imperfect humanness.
What if our planet’s largest animals, like the now-extinct dinosaurs or the woolly mammoth, were imperceptible to another being, not because of their enormity, but because of their minisculity, like bacteria are to us?
What if our galaxies, far beyond our capabilities of travel and exploration, were someone else’s atoms?
What if size wasn’t a linear progression, but a circular one? (I.e., once you get so enormous, such that you can no longer comprehend size, etc, you actually end up starting over at the tiny end of the size spectrum instead?)
What Is, then, on a universal/cosmic level?
To answer that question would probably take humankind closer to The Truth, that ultimate truth, whatever that may be. A truth that may be too monumental and infinite to comprehend. A truth we may or may not be prepared to hear, or to learn. A truth that might require or expect something more of us than we would prefer to hold ourselves accountable for, as a collective human race, for we may or may not have a lot to answer for at some point.
I think it would be neat to have an x-ray vision of sorts that allowed us to see the invisible, from phenomena as mundane as the ocean of mobile phone signals and satellite communication to the potential existence of god(dess).
There’s a catch, though. I’ll explain that, too. Consider the raising of children as an example. Good parents understand that there are times and places to discuss certain subjects or disclose certain confessions/truths to children. Ideally, children should be of a certain age or developmental milestone or cognitive ability/flexibility/aptitude before they’re saddled with certain information. Because as the word “saddled” implies, advanced, heavy information can indeed be a sort of burden on a kid.
What happens if a parent brings up a subject or makes a particular confession prematurely, before the child or adolescent is able to handle it (mentally, emotionally, etc)? It messes with their heads. It might even mess them up.
I think the same holds true for souls on an evolutionary path. Some are younger and some are older. Chronological age doesn’t matter, because it has nothing to do with one’s soul/spirit evolutionary age or development. A very young child can be a very old soul, and vice versa.
I think that the universe, acting as a Mother Nature (although not just in terms of ecology; one could apply the “nature” term in a much broader sense, which is how I intend it) and Father Time, if you will. Working in conjunction, I think they have plenty of influence over when and how a person becomes aware of–and privy to–information.
But that’s just me. And as usual, I’m digressing all over the place. 😉 Some might say that I do this because I don’t want to face reality, a “What Is”, if you will, of my own. Maybe they’re right (whoever “they” are, those who would make remarks like that), and maybe they’re wrong. Maybe they would point fingers at people like me because I’m being honest about my thoughts and they might be too ashamed or self-conscious to be the same way. Or maybe I’m completely off and I’ve gone over some deep end that I didn’t see coming.
The beauty of it is, who knows? I’m not sure anyone really does; which gives us all an equal right to speculate, since although we’ve been able to prove much of the above, especially the earlier parts, we fall flat when it comes to attempting to investigate the latter parts, those inner layers, to validate their existence, to quantify their effect.
But some things were just meant to remain mysteries for now. Which preserves some of the magic of life and helps it linger just a little longer.