Tuesday, 24 May 2011
The unanswerables of life remain fascinating despite their irrelevance to daily life. Perhaps it is because of that irrelevance that they are fascinating. They pull us out of our daily doldrums for a few moments while we ponder their grand scope. I find myself sometimes considering the nature of reality, and I have developed two hypotheses (I used to call them theories, but I guess a theory is something that is almost proven, and mine are just thoughts) regarding our universe. I highly doubt I am the first person to think of these, as they are simply logical, but I have not come across them, so I can say that I did think of them on my own. For all I know, they have already been proven and promoted to the exalted status of Theories, or disproven and cast into the fiery pits of Fallacy.
The first I call the Hypothesis of Infinite Progression. It's a simple idea: that reality progresses infinitely in both (all) directions. Every sub-atomic particle in our universe is a universe of its own, made up of an uncountable number of sub-atomic particles that are themselves universes. Conversely, our universe is but a sub-atomic particle of another universe that is a sub-atomic particle of another, ad infinitum.
The second I call the Hypothesis of Finite Infinity. All of reality, and every thing within it, is made up of infinite spaces bounded by finite containers. Shared reality is the interaction of finite infinities. Illustrate with numbers. Each whole number is a finite thing. The number three is bounded by the numbers two and four. It does not exceed its borders. But within the number three is an infinite quantity of fractions. It can be divided infinitely. A person is also a finite infinity. Our body has clearly defined borders it does not exceed. Yet it is composed of cells that are composed of atoms that are composed of sub-atomic particles that are (refer above) infinite universes. Not only that, but each body contains a mind, and the mind is infinite. Why is it infinite? Because it perceives, conceives and creates reality, which is infinite. My mind contains the infinity of my own reality. Yours contains the infinity of your own reality.
Have you had these same thoughts? Have these ideas been discussed and some consensus reached? Or have I established myself finally as a Great Thinker? Or am I simply a loon? (and I know this last is not mutually exclusive with the questions before it).
Monday, 23 May 2011
"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits."
"It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness."
"Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind."
-- Thomas Jefferson
What do you think happiness is? What is the most important thing a person can do to be happy?