So what is the atomic world actually like? Here is the problem, it isn’t like anything that we can know. It is so far removed from human experience as to be, well, otherworldly.
The appeal of the circle has become universal, grounded in our humanity, a fixture in our psychology; a symbol of spirituality, completeness, wholeness, balance. It represents totality, infinity and perfection. However a circle is only a symbol, a shape, basically it is just an idea. We may feel the circle’s perfection, but what perfection does it actually have?
The history of zero is fairly recent history. Recent because zero wasn’t needed for the most part. Of course counting was important to civilization, but the of idea of nothing wasn’t. In fact, psychologically, zero implied nothingness, a state that was generally feared by many cultures. In India however, emptiness was a philosophical part of Buddhism, so it wasn’t any surprise that they became the first civilization to embrace the idea of zero, and make it a number as well.
Life isn’t perfect —which is a relief. It means we can stop pretending it is, we can stop wasting too much time forcing it to be; perfect hair, perfect house, perfect partner, perfect finances, perfect job, perfect cup of coffee. In fact, to embrace imperfections is to go with the flow, to be in accord with life. It allows us to accept that we spilled ketchup on our shirt at lunch, haven’t found a solution to our toe nail fungus problem, didn’t say the perfect thing to the grieving person, lied to the beggar about spare change, failed my diet with the indulgence of donuts, bacon, potato chips, and cola. It’s ok.
Undoubtedly, you’ve heard the expression ‘Talk to the hand”, a sarcastic gesture meant to redirect verbal abuse away from your face and towards a more indifferent extremity, namely the hand. And while we in the West thrust our palms at each other to thwart criticism, Ancient Eastern cultures have been ‘listening to the hand’ instead, and what they’ve heard is worth a listen for us all.
Perception. How magical. That mental flashpoint that ignites our experience of life, and of course the fire of feelings that flitters, burns, sizzles and warms every moment. Perception. How mysterious. How secondary actually… effectively a filter, a collection of physical and chemical stimulation of our senses, broadcast across our nervous system, then deciphered by our mental state, one that learns, remembers, expects, and is attentive.
Life is strained with purpose and striving. The stress of work schedules, commuting, challenge of eating healthfully, worries over finances, social media maintenance, the general work / life balance that always seems out of balance. It feels wearisome… scratch that … it is wearisome. And if relief is desperately needed, my best advice, the Beach.
Is ‘the meaning of life’ a good question?
‘Meaning’ after all is a relative term – it is not an inherent or objective feature of the cosmos. Meaning isn’t out there, it’s in our heads. Meaning is found in the interpretation of our experience. And so the meaning is very personal.