How does one understand reality? The human senses provide our only engagement with the universe around us. This limits our view of reality to a minuscule glimpse of the whole. Is our world but a particle floating about within the vastness of a greater world? Do other worlds exist at the subatomic scale? Are many worlds interwoven within planes of reality sharing a common time and space? No one can answer these questions conclusively. Perhaps the story of the elephant Horton, who hears the Who carries a deeper meaning than the Bible, or the Koran or the Bhagavad Gita? Interpretation defines truth and absurdity.
Science expands the human capacity to perceive, but to an insignificant degree. It provides a practical way of organizing our understanding of the world but it can never define reality since it cannot exceed the limitations of the scientist. Religion provides solace by answering our questions, yet the answers are meaningless except in the context of our limited capacity to understand reality. Beyond our perception resides the unknowable.
My understanding of reality is that of a boundless flux of pure energy. I came to this idea while reading a description of the vision of a primitive shaman but ironically, as physicists deconstruct matter, they are moving reluctantly toward the same understanding.
Life organizes the ebb and flow of this energy by filtering out most of it and recognizing patterns within the flux that it can utilize to maintain its existence. The physical world and life as we know it, all the elements of our perception of reality are but a template we use to enhance the innate human inclination for continued existence. Life seeks to endure.
Why are we here? How did we get here? Although the answers to these questions are certainly unknowable, my understanding of reality leads me to conclude that we are a consequence of coincidence; a by-product of the unlimited probability of time and space; a ripple in the tides of universal energy. Given a realm of infinite possibilities occurring over an endless span of time the complexity of the world need not be the result of intent or accident. It is inevitable.