So, how do you understand the inexplicable? You can’t. Or can you? Or is there really such a thing as understanding the inexplicable universe?
Pondering the mysteries of the universe without the “site map” can lead to brain melt-down. Or total brain freeze. You’ll either find the thoughts blending together into one abstract blur, or they’ll just get stuck; like your tongue on a metal flagpole in January.
What are we supposed to do, then? Throw our hands up in despair? Curse the universe? Scream at the moon? Certainly not! If you have to get from Sacramento, California to China, Maine, and you need to get there in one week…and you don’t like to fly or ride buses or walk, are you out of options?
Again certainly not! What makes it more real in your mind? I mean; I’ve never been to Sacramento or China, Maine so neither one of them is “real in my mind”.
However; I can make them “real” by studying everything I can get my hands on about the towns. And I can get a map to show me the possible routes between the two cities. Then I can look at the U.S. as a whole and begin to see the reality of the trip. It’ll be quite an excursion, but it’s do-able. And it can be done within the time constraints, if I keep my efforts focused on the goal.
What’s the key ingredient to the success of this effort? My focus? No. My tenacity? No.
My ability to think positive? No. The success depends on the map or the vision or the defined goal. “What do you mean, Tony?” I’m glad you asked. The map, the vision, the defined goal gives me something to focus on…to actively pursue…to think positive about.
You see; if you can “see” it, you know you can get there. If you can “see” it, you can focus your efforts in one direction and accomplish your goal. And one other vitally key ingredient to this is…what you see must be true. If the map is a lie, it may be an excellent map, but you won’t get to your destination. You will get somewhere, but anybody can get somewhere. And most times just “ending up” somewhere isn’t a great prize.
No, you want to get to a specific place…China, Maine. And you’re starting from a specific place…Sacramento, California. So, if the map isn’t giving you the true facts about your starting point or your ending point, it really doesn’t matter how much of the in between is correct, you probably won’t get there. No…you need the true facts, the true map.
How in the world does all this apply to pondering the mysteries of the universe? Well, if the universe is totally inexplicable, it really doesn’t matter what you make of it. It doesn’t matter if you’re right or wrong in your determinations and opinions because yours will be just as good or valid as anyone else’s. After all, you’re just as valid as anyone else. Right?
What are we supposed to do or think about “true” or “truth”, then? Is it a matter of determination and opinion, too? If so, then anything you or I determine to be true can be just as valid as what anyone else determines. If I say the source of truth is the vast oneness of the universe or the inner force inside the good hearts of people who love their fellow man, then I’m right. And if you say the source of truth is the cumulative efforts of “wise men” meeting together in a room of ornate wood carvings and stoic books, then you’re right. And even if we totally disagree, we’re both right.
Pretty cool, right? We can both be right and no one has to experience the humiliation of being wrong. Whew…thank goodness. Now, let’s all go out for some ice cream and relax.
(buzzer sound) Wrong! (gasp among the crowd…hushed voices ask “did he say wrong?”)
Yes, wrong. Look. We can all be wrong. Or some can be right and some wrong, but we can’t all be right. And I say the inexplicable universe makes sense because it’s designed by a Creator who is greater than all the ingredients in the universe. You agree with me…right?