Really trying to wrap my head around the idea of “Reality” lately. As I’ve come to understand it, the Higgs boson only exists for a billionth of a billionth of a second, in order to attract particles into forming mass. So, that raises a million questions. Why is its existence so short? If it exists only for a tiny flash, does that mean that all mass also exists only for a tiny flash? Of course, there is the argument that mass does not exist, and it is just our perception. What triggers the Higgs to spark mass, (or the illusion of mass)? Some would say that since everything is created by the observer, it is “we” who trigger the Higgs. But hasn’t the universe existed for billions of years more than we have been around to observe? Or, as someone in my study group said, there is no time, and everything is occurring in one instant. We are just experiencing it as a long duration as “I” go through all the iterations of being “separate” from God.
Had an interesting discussion with a couple of people in my study group that if everything is an illusion and we are supposed to distance ourselves from it and accept it, then aren’t we allowing fracking and global warming to “win?” We can’t just sit back and not do anything while these forces destroy society, even if society is not real. One woman pointed out that Monsanto has spurred a lot of awareness about our food and farming, and that many people are now gardening and raising food. Another woman, who used to work for Greenpeace, says all the activists she knows aspire to be farmers. Maybe it took the “evil empire” of Monsanto to motivate people to grow their own vegetables. And maybe it will take oil spills and fracking to motivate people to find alternative energy sources. But again….why is this all so complex and oppressive, if it isn’t real? One woman in our study group says the Course explains that it is complex and growing increasingly more so, by design. That doesn’t make sense to me yet. I think I could learn the same lessons with more pandas and less people in the world. And if this is “my” reality that I’m creating with my perceptions, why can’t I make it so? Snap! Poof! More pandas.