Experts call them zombies – any idea more appealing than that on which the mind must focus at a particular point in time. It’s just a more theatrical name for ‘distraction’, really. The plan is to read Constitutionalism, but the mind frolics with a musing so profound it begs penning down. If everything were reduced to one word, what would it be? And could it be this that J.R.R. Tolkien attempts to expose in his classic ‘Lord of the Rings’?
For as the rings, it began with the forging of the Great Gods
And so I begin with the three dominant aspects of our existence – religion, science and law. This trinity, together – sometimes strengthening, sometimes conflicting each other – have, and continue to, influence world politics, government policies, economies, morality…wars and holocausts. It is safe to say, that nothing is, without at least one of these underlying themes. And yet I wonder, could they all, be mere metaphors of a single abstract – the real god of our universe?
One face was presented to the Priests, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings
At the heart of all religion is the assertion that people believe in that which they cannot perceive with the five senses – a god. From the ethereal shores of cosmic seas, we’re told of a God who all things sees. He laid the foundations of the earth and holds our lives in his breath. Well, not necessarily – but that’s about this ideology…and here, the rhyme (and the logic) end, because ‘no one ever sees his face and yet we all agree’ that every facet of our lives is willed by this phantom. Believe. Believe. Believe in this grand concept which when reduced to its most minimal form, is merely an intangible. Who is God? Where is he? Can we see him? Can we perceive him somehow with any of the five senses? No. No. No! No…
The second, to the White Coats, great discoverers and craftsmen of the earthly halls
Scientists, over the years have observed the universe and formulated mathematical frameworks to provide theoretical explanations and projections into the physical world. Hold up! So in a nutshell, here’s how science works. Early scientists created models upon which have been built today’s colossal of scientific information. Concepts like distance, time, energy, etc. are all figments of imagination created by these early scientists to explain observations of the physical world. And this info-hub, has been assimilated and developed by later scientists to form a comprehensive body of knowledge. It may well be that, if I, and not Leucippus of Miletus, had discovered what was then the smallest indivisible whole of any unit, I wouldn’t have called it an atom at all. I probably would have called it, nketenkete! You get the drift? Science hangs on fiction, imagination, what you’d call projections of the mind. But don’t take my word for it, take Einstein’s.
‘When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.’ ∼ Albert Einstein.
In an existence where 96% of our universe remains a mystery to science, such fictional constructs must be given the requisite tangibility in order to build society.