The Fishbowl Theory.

We think we know it all.  But a quick look at scientific fact reveals that our body only “picks up” about five percent of external reality due to its’ limited senses.  One could argue the mind is the same way.

Let us look at knowledge for example.  Time and time again, human experience consistently surpasses itself, only to make our new knowledge, our old knowledge.  500 years ago the earth was flat.  100 years ago, flying was considered a scientific impossibility.  And now, as we discover the underlying physics of reality, we our once again making all of our knowledge “old knowledge”; which is to be surpassed and surmounted by an entirely new way of looking at Reality, Man, and the Universe.

Now how does all of this relate to the individual man?  Man personally evolves his knowledge the same way.  He trades old concepts or principles for new ones as he sees fit.  He either discovers what he learned was “wrong” or he simply has no use for those concepts anymore, and he simply discards them.  And so, he forever moves through time, continually adjusting himself and his views around “reality”.

What is the point here?  The point is that we all only know a fraction of the total amount of knowledge in existence.  With this view in mine, one can easily adapt and change perspectives.  One does not have to be limited by prejudices, bias, or tradition.

Man is like the fish in the fish bowl.  For the fish, all that exist for him is his small, glass world.  He swims around, eats, sleeps, and is quite content with his life.  But yet other worlds exist, unknown to him; the fish simply lacks the senses to perceive them.  The fish has no mind, so how can he see the mind of man.  The fish does not see the stars, but that does not mean the stars do not exist.

Likewise, man may lack senses to perceive other worlds yet to be discovered, but that does not mean that they do not exist.  As we have evolved from water, through the exoskeleton of the fish to our present state of man, let us be reminded that billions of years of evolution lay ahead.

Who is to say that man now is not the fish in the fishbowl, swimming around aimlessly, only to be destined for journeys of unimaginable proportions.




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