We have a lot to learn. That is my assertion, anyway. And I mean “we” as in the human race. For instance, I wish we would have chosen a different name for the sum of us. Other than “race.” As if it is some competition.
Actually, we DO have an alternative word for “race.” Humankind. I like that much more. Perhaps that should be our ultimate goal. To truly be Humankind.
But, yes, the learning we have yet to do. We think we are a nifty bunch of smarty-pants. The big ball of us. And, in many ways, it is true. We are (and have) constantly discovered new things in science, medicine, space, technology, and of course, those nifty household tips on Pintrest. Like the videos where they show you 3,927 uses for the common paper clip.
Sure. We’ve come pretty far. Yet, I contend…. there is so much more. Things we have not even imagined…. or can comprehend at this point. There are things happening all about us, right this very moment. But we are not seeing them.
And in 100 years or so, those kind humans will look back, and say… “Can you believe that back in 2017, people were completely unaware of existence of the parallel universe which streams through each life? Can you believe it? And, not only THAT…. they were still putting Cream of Mushroom Soup in Tuna Noodle Casserole, for crying out loud.”
Yes, those are the things they will say. Those future beings like us.
Imagine how far we have come at this point. A perfect illustration falls on this very date. August 1. On this day, back in 1774, British Minister and author Joseph Priestly discovered a little thing called Oxygen.
Now, the earth is 4.5 billion years old. And the timeline of “us” unfolds from there. Our ancestors have been around for about six million years. And, what scientists call “the modern form of humans” only evolved about 200,000 years ago. We were a wild lot for a long time, because civilization, as we know it, is only about 6,000 years old.
And regardless of all stages of human-ness we were in…. we have been breathing that oxygen since we stood up, grunted that big grunt, and walked, some 6 million years ago.
But all that time, we were mostly unaware of what Oxygen was, how it was, or even that it existed at all. The invisible wonder that was literally breathing the life right into us.
And that is my point. That is now. There are things right in front us. Right in front of our little oxygen-breathing noses. And we just don’t know they are there. Not yet.
Our consciousness is just starting to gain ground. One of the smartest human beings ever to walk this earth was Albert Einstein. And more than once, he said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Imagination. If we can only begin to imagine the possibilities….
“One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti
“A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word ‘understanding.”
― Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science