One Man's Universe is Another Man's Duck Pond
Can't say I like the look of 'em, Gaut!
What will the "litttle green men" see? Zap! Gone!
Have you caught on yet? All the crap foisted on you daily by the media and the press is someone else’s reality and has no bearing on what’s happening in your life at all…even if you’re there in the disasters, upheavals, coups and insurrections that march across your screen or appear as you flap open your favorite publication. Yes, even if you are part of it; in the same location, it doesn’t unfold like what they are saying and writing, does it?
Here’s an example. You know, I lived in Mexico for nearly 20 years and have been back each year since I left in 2003. Not once have I been kidnapped, assaulted, raped (chance would be a fine thing). Never has my car been broken into, the police have been unfailingly courteous and helpful, no one has tried to sell me drugs; the whores were honest, I never caught a tropical disease and I always (nearly) received the correct change. I was unfailingly treated far better than I have ever been in mean-spirited Britain. Yet to hear Mexico described in the American press, you would feel safer visiting the front line in some Middle-East war zone!
It’s because of the disparate reality again: most never have problems in Mexico, or anywhere else in the world; certainly no more than they could suffer in their own countries if their number was up. But everyone has heard of someone else who has suffered one or more of the above listed indignities; or their cousin twice removed did. People are more or less the same every place; if you don’t ask for problems, generally you don’t get them. If you drive correctly, get the right visas, don’t get legless and insult the president etcetera, people will like you and make you welcome.
Remember the old saw about the tree falling in the forest and whether there was any sound - or even if it actually happened - if you were not there? I don’t know what your conclusions to the conundrum are, but the truth is, it may have happened for others, but it didn’t happen for you! Because your ears didn’t create the thing we call sound from the rush of air as the tree fell; and your eyes didn’t isolate a thing called a tree from the changing patters of energy as the object we call “tree” changed its position in space-time. Makes you think, don’t it?
What it means is we all create the universe we say we smell, hear, touch and see: without our specialized equipment, it would all be entirely different. This might be the worry when the space-men come a’calling; our world might just appear as a cauldron of writhing matter to them. Zap! All gone!
When the TV is off, and the Daily Mail is lining the budgie cage, my mind returns to the “real” world around me. How I am enjoying my morning coffee, how I am anticipating creating the Indian F1 later on the tube (Ha!)….all those tormented particles need organizing, folks. I create a sun going up; a sun going down, (I’m working on it being here more often in the UK). Please, you religious types don’t get after me for using the word “create,” what I really mean is “interpret.”
As I stroll around the tiny hamlet where I live, the horrors others are creating in this overcrowded world are not part of my reality…nor are they of the concern of the ducks plashing in the weeds of the pond by the old cricket pitch…they could never visualize them.