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Coming to terms with Immortality

Reality is based on perception.

This is a phrase that we’re all familiar with. It’s been quoted and paraphrased by scientists, philosophers, and even religious leaders throughout the course of human history. Whether or not we believe it, or think about it very often, it is true.
Imagination, an important aspect of the human mind, is the realm of impossibilities and a place where perception is all we really have to work with. This is where “fantasy” occurs, concepts and ideas that have yet to be brought to the forefront of our ever-churning universe, and yet, this is where every new technology and invention starts off in the expansive citadel that is our brain. Once our mind can truly grasp an idea or concept, the line between fantasy and reality becomes very blurry, and in time, that incorporeal thought transforms into something that we can discern, use, and even interact with in a tangible world.

Some examples include:

  • The invention of the bow and arrow- a way to hunt at a distance, or rain death upon your foes from afar. Prior to this humans had to essentially be within arms reach to interact with anything.
    But perhaps this idea is too archaic;
  • Jump forward some thousands years. Traveling from where New York is today to the opposite side of the United States, California, in the times of early colonization could take an upwards of twenty years.
  • Jump forward still to the 21st century: Using the miracle of commercial human flight we can traverse this same distance in a matter of six hours. Faster assuming you’re not using public forms of transportation.

All of these technologies started as fantastic myths made by humans, something that was originally legend and fantasy. Slowly but surely the exponential growth theory took effect, and the more technology we had, the faster we produced new, better, more advanced forms of the stuff.

It all boiled down to how many boundaries we were willing to push. How often we were willing to stop looking at what we had, and start looking at what we didn’t. What ideas and concepts we were willing to use, and what new ones we dreamed up. How often we were willing to say “We can do that.”

That brings us to current day. If we were to take a primitive 21st century human and throw him into our present, what do you think he would experience? Amazement in our achievements? Awe of our technology? Confusion concerning the mind-bending expanse we’ve managed to traverse? Fear of the new forms, and the constant static that is a physical body? Disgust in our still constant greed and hubrus? Hatred of the powers that be because of the fall of our homeworld? I believe it would a combination of all, but one thing remains: everything that man or woman would see around them was present in science fiction and fantasy novels decades before anyone even thought it was possible. Just one more reason to believe that fiction becomes fact, the impossible becomes possible, and that reality is indeed based on our perception. Never forget that sentinels, because that is at the very foundation of all of us.


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