Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Relativity of Reality


As a sit here on this cool, Saturday night of March 23, 2013, I think about life and the experiences of all the people around me even those I do not know.  I think about the people and experiences that have shaped them into the child, teen, or adult of which they have become.  At the same time, I am thinking about my thesis paper which is, "How did Einstein's life experiences influence his positions on politics, society, and science?"  As I dive into his writings on the matter, I also get side tracked into his scientific work.  I can imagine how the people of his time saw him as a heretic, or crazy, for his theory of relativity leaves the reader in mind-twist thinking about it.  Its elegance, in my opinion, is quite fundamental and easy to understand, for all one needs to know that other than light, things move in a relative velocity to one another which are controlled by the observer or frame of reference, and that the faster an object goes, the slower it moves through time because space is bent in a way that two points in space are closer together in time.  This matter of relatively can be compared to life in general from each of our perspectives. Here's my story:

The observer, you and I, play a significant role in our formation of reality.  I have thought for some time that reality is but an illusion of the human brain computation of light and sound from the observer’s frame of reference. Each of our brains store information in the form of light/electronic information that is processed, stored, and projected out by the way of the eyes through the brain, and each part of the brain has a role in that computation and storage of information much like a computer hard drive.  If we all live in one reality, how can each person’s view on this reality be different than the next?  Let’s look at a relationship between two partners fighting. A couple in a relationship is feuding over the fact that the man held a conversation with an ex at a high school reunion.  From the perspective of the man, he was simply being nice by holding a conversation with this said ex-girlfriend that he shared experiences in life with.  From the girlfriend's perspective, the man is flirting with the woman that he shared past experiences, and it’s obvious because they both are smiling with a positive atmosphere around the two.  Neither the girlfriend or boyfriend is wrong because their version of reality is relative to the world through their eyes, so they both have reason to hold to their beliefs unless of course the past experiences of the girl has made her feel threatened by this social interaction between the boyfriend and any person of the female gender.  This can also be said by the male about the female if she has no grounds to feel that way because he has been nothing but faithful.  In this case, I call this view of reality an altered perception because one's brain rationalizes a situation in a way that contradicts the real truth in the world or of the matter.  

This idea leads me to think about politics.  How can we let a group of rich aristocrats whose version of reality deviates from the average person makes the decisions for those of lesser classes?  We need a balance of people in politics whose reality is comparable to that of the social classes in which are prevalent in society, or just rid the world of social classes’ altogether.  Materialism always caused me to revert back to primitive emotions for the human race has an infatuation with high fashion, material worth, and money when mankind should be judged not by their outward appearance for it grows old over time in terms of physical belongings or physical appearance, but simply by the content of their character and their contribution to the whole in terms of labor and intellect. 

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