Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received. Albert Einstein
Einstein was famous for his thought experiments, so let’s do something of that sort for a moment. Imagine that you can hold the scope of existence in your mind, from the Big Bang to just now. Conceive of the billions of years of stellar and planetary formation, the hundreds of millions of years of life formation, and the millions of years of the development of the human body and mind that lead to this moment. You stand at the crest of that mounting wave that begins at the bottom of the depths and thrusts upward.
Ask yourself, “What am I doing with this moment at the crest, this moment that represents the labors of existence and the labors of uncounted beings for billions of years?” For all those labors, how do you exert yourself to give in return? This moment of self-aware cognition may not be happening anywhere else in the universe. We don’t know. Can we let it slip by? How do you spend these moments of existence? How do you use your mind and the vast sparkling gift of this internet that links us together? What do you express? Is it a gift in return for the gift? Only you can truthfully answer that for yourself.
In the last article I posted here, I stated the thought that the internet represented our collective unconscious mind with all the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m going to extend the analogy into another thought experiment. Imagine you are a computer connected wirelessly to the internet, but with a firewall that doesn’t allow you to see the internet. The firewall also allows and regulates a flow of information. If it could truly think, the computer would think it was isolated and alone with little effect on other computers it might see, and no effect on computers it can’t see. The computer might see some random comings and goings of information from the good, the bad, and the ugly, but it could only see the randomness. The computer might have to invent words to describe the random comings and goings, words like imagination, insight, prophecy, and madness.