Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Survival of the fittest? Because we no longer have to hunt and gather or elude predators and these skills have lost their edge, How does Darwin’s theory apply to us and the modern-day we live in? As the whirlwind of philosophies and regulated realities fly in our faces, How do we discern the difference between deceit and truth? Have we been programed with partial principles and prolific propaganda from people in power? How do we navigate to the nuggets of truth humanity so longs for that fulfils our being and gives purpose to life?
It seems a refining; forged from a fire which burns within each of us; reshaping the misinformation, our misunderstandings and miscommunications. The redirecting of our energy to encouraging thoughts which recalibrate our life-improving actions, which re-chart our course of purpose and fills us with the peace that comes from hard fought battles and the endurance to overcome the war. All beings must adapt to their environments, experiment with the right and wrong procedures and embrace the increase of truth. As one wrestles with this process, one must consider, “Where does this adaptive process begin?” and “What keeps the yearning, burning within?”
Not long ago, a student came to us during English hour reporting he had finished his assignment and wanted permission to read a History textbook off the shelf. Delighted, because we worked in a facility with “severely delinquent youth” who have come to our program as a last resort before they are turned over to secure care, he was granted permission. As we were winding up the class period prior to lunch, this student inquired about the history we have been taught in school and if we felt it had validity. With the information-highway age we live in, he had a valid question; a question that would lead our conversation through lunch and into the history portion of our day after lunch.
We spoke of our upcoming holiday of Columbus Day and the questions that ranged from, who really discovered America? And, if the Native Indians were here before, was it really discovered? With the stories and some evidence of Vikings, Templars, Amerigo and others, what stories of history do we take as truth? And what do we filter out to gain the best perspective of our fore-fathers and what intentions they had beyond survival or gathering power, wealth, property and land?
If, and when, Columbus stood on a sea shore and saw the curvature of the earth on the horizon, what information was known? And why was some information not heeded or possibly kept from the general public? From religious text in the Bible we learn, “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing” (Job 26:7). Scholars believe this was written nearly 2,000 years B.C. Scientifically in the 4th Century B.C., Aristotle noted the oldest theory of Thales of the Earth’s position as that of “Earth rested on water.”
Other cultures have passed down stories and beliefs that animals were involved in the creation of the Earth. Some North American Tribes believe the Earth was formed on the back of a turtle and the continent itself is Turtle Island. According to Hindu mythology, the Earth rests on the backs of four elephants that, in turn, stand on the back of a turtle. There are as many stories and theories as there are cultures of people; all of which are rooted in truth which has been revised and/or embellished by well-intentioned and/or fame seeking or greed driven humans. The evidence of which can be discovered by playing the children’s game ‘telephone wires’.
If Columbus was not the first to question or observe the world as a sphere, it opens our study of the human race to why was this truth not believed or explored before by others? If it was, why was the information and truth kept from the general population? Did the powers that be at the time want the people gathered on one continent to work for their purpose and gain? Or when resources were limited and the possibility for more wealth and land were proposed, was the truth made known so Columbus and/or others could expand both? We may never know. But, we can apply and focus our energy to seeking more understanding to gain more knowledge to discover more truth. We can pose more questions to formulate a greater understanding of our universe and our individual purpose to contribute to the building up and sustaining of the whole community, a peaceful world and expanded universe.
The Sphere Theory is the idea that time, knowledge, beliefs, and persuasions are not linear, but a sphere. And, depending on where we focus our light for seeking of knowledge and the more of others’ light we invite to collaborate and share in discoveries, we will unveil the most truth for a clearer understanding of our world and the universe. As we cast more light, we discover more truth. As we discover more truth, we dispel the darkness of fear, discover our individual worth and take courage in our individual purpose of contributing to the development of all individuals.
As light is cast upon darkness and the smoke, mirrors and illusions that have been deceitfully designed by self-serving individuals and groups, truth will be revealed and the sphere will become more translucent. We will realize the value of all perspectives and enjoy the peace and harmony that having more enlightened truth brings. Keep in mind, it’s not left or right, it’s where we focus our light.
To reach this state of harmonious peace, our best choices are engaged in a method and process that allows us and others to tap in to ours’ and others’ individual value and purpose. This provides the freedom for individuals to navigate what is not only best for their individual growth and progress, but the collaborative best for the eternal purpose of the universe.
Just as the Scientific Method has the process of: question, research, hypothesize, experiment, analysis and form a conclusion, we can experiment with our whole being, with our thoughts, actions and emotions engaging a similar process. We propose engaging TAP IN, The Adaptive Process Intuition Navigated. As we consider a problem or concern before us, we think about our options, seek out trusted methods, words of wisdom and wise people. We act according to our findings and act as if we have discovered truth. We measure the results and validity of our actions with our internal compass to reveal our light within and how it connects with the light of truth around us.
Discovering more truth externally, we reveal more truth about our personal values, personality, desires, and beliefs of our core being. Before the political climate of Greece turned against him and Socrates was sentenced to death by hemlock poisoning in 399 B.C., he wrote:
“Most people, including ourselves, live in a world of relative ignorance. We are even
comfortable with that ignorance, because it is all we know. When we first start
facing truth, the process may be frightening, and many people run back to their old
lives. But if you continue to seek truth, you will eventually be able to handle it better.
In fact, you want more! It’s true that many people around you now may think you
are weird or even a danger to society, but you don’t care. Once you’ve tasted the
truth, you won’t ever want to go back to being ignorant.”
What fortitude and resolve in the face of execution; really martyrdom. What other words would he have been able to pen if it were not for his ill-judged sentence and death?
Science is a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws; simply put, discovering truths by using a systematic process of the laws of the universe. Nearly every religion or philosophy has reference to ‘if you seek truth you will find it’. Hindus, making up 15% of the world’s population, say “The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy; they come when the mind is still”.
The 16% of secular, non-religious, agnostic and atheist may find comfort in, “Truth searches for no one. It waits to be found” by Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun or “We should not be ashamed to acknowledge truth from whatever source it comes to us, even if it is brought to us by former generations and foreign people. For him who seeks the truth there is nothing if higher value than truth itself,” Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples. These and myriads of words have been written on the subject of ‘seeking’.
The 24% of the population of Islam may quote “Knock and He’ll (Allah) open the door.” Nearly 400 years after Socrates death, the 34% of Christians may point you to the words spoken by their Savior who was crucified, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)
In the 1850s, Rudolf Clausius develop his idea of lost energy, and coined the term ‘entropy’, which is described as a lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder. We see evidence that the universe trends toward highest entropy in many places in our lives. A campfire is an example of entropy. The solid wood burns and becomes ash, smoke and gases, all of which spread energy. Stephen Hawking explained “The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time.”
Because of fear, control or some other unknown, truth has always been hidden, or at the very least been in the shadows, requiring action on an individual choice to seek by thinking, acting, and feeling their individual path to it; a casting of our curious light, an effort of enlightenment, a sifting of conscience. The Sphere Theory considers that if we do not expend energy to gain more light and knowledge, our being will burn out and decay to nothing.
We must ask ourselves, “What energy will I put into seeking truth to direct my future?”
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