As human beings we live, at best, with a limited view of reality. Initially, we absorb and then project onto the world and our own selves, the society-at-large. As our basic belief system grows, it encompasses who we think we are, what is of value, and what we think we need to we view what we consider “reality,” what we believe to be real or not real. Over time, we start to screen out those things that do not support our growing core belief emotional preferences and aversions, we tend to dismiss or ignore altogether those ideas that might shake our foundation and require us to painstakingly re-evaluate our world. The less we have been encouraged to “think for ourselves” early on, the more we find ourselves judging too quickly, without investigation. Consciously and unconsciously, we may evaluate whether or not a subject deserves our consideration according to whether we believe it to be good and to our advantage, or bad and something we should avoid. When presented with a new concept our general response will also be influenced by what we are seeking or avoiding at that moment in time. Timing can make a difference as to how we respond to new information. Add to this the fact that humans are compelled to take the road most commonly traveled. By “going along with the crowd” there is a greater chance of obtaining and maintain status, property and power within a society. Such is the case of a tenured professor who only receives funding for “acceptable” research and, thus, he steers away from controversial issues. Is it any wonder then that most people find it intensely difficult to focus on, let alone seriously consider new concepts that radically differ from their well-established core beliefs?
On this blog, you may encounter ideas that you have never before considered or those for which you are a confirmed skeptic. Some of these concepts may appear radical or fanciful at first glance, as many initially were to me, but I hope that you will try keep an open mind as best you can and simply consider the possibilities in a light-hearted manner. There is no need to come to concrete conclusions; forming solid conclusions is unnecessary and can entrap an otherwise adventurous intellect. As an Explorer of God, the Universe and the World-at-Large, I enjoy investigating and pondering things that are out-of-the ordinary because you never know where it will lead. To me, that makes for an exciting life!