The Sense of Distance, Part 1

There seems to be a wide spectrum of human beings inhabiting this realm, but in the greater scheme of things, we all share more similarities than differences. Politically, for example, the differences are actually minimal, and yet we might end up killing each other over what are essentially petty variations on beliefs derived from socially-embedded programming factors which were created and propagated long before our arrival.

These various conditioning factors cumulatively spawn fictional self-images which are nevertheless taken to represent our true and enduring identity, and so we have religious wars, ideological wars, class and racial wars, internet word and meme wars, sports wars, gender wars, and all manner of conflicts stemming from random tribal affiliations, accidents of birth, location, and momentary fascination.

Indeed, what we consider to be “our” beliefs are themselves based on the chronic human tendency to make stuff up via the imagination, invest them with a sense of reality, and then enshrine those mind-crafted fantasies as core values which deeply influence our life and relationships, and which we generally pass on to succeeding generations.

At the personal level, we regularly make biased determinations about each other over superficial variations in thought, expression, and appearance, even though (through a process of focused and probing inquiry) we might come to recognize that thoughts are not our own, our expressions vary depending on the arbitrary context, and our appearance is perpetually changing, like smoke, based on causes and conditions which themselves are transient, and of no enduring significance.

For example, one day we may believe in nationalistic slogans, such as “My Country, Right or Wrong”, but later question and even reject those notions, perhaps after we’ve discovered just how wrong the country has been, that it is not even “ours” anymore, that it belongs to a small coterie of wealthy and powerful elite rulers, and that we are merely debt slaves constantly subjected to clever and sophisticated propaganda designed to keep us misdirected, divided, and compliant while feeding their endless appetite for profit and control.

Unbeknownst to most of us, a naked black hole is screaming through the universe right now, and it may never stop, while in the ocean depths, strange aquatic creatures that no human eye has even seen are silently drifting through an immense dark, completely unaware of the cosmic ruin speeding through the vastness of space at 2000 kilometers per second, just 2 billion light years from earth. Indeed, the concept of “earth” itself has never occurred to them, much less a light year. Even the sense of distance must certainly be moot, if all one has ever known is utter darkness.



About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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