Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | February 19, 2010

A Grain Of Sand

There is a tiny speck of dirt residing in the midst of a vast deposit of dusty dirt on the side of a mountain somewhere on Mars.  It is individual and distinguishable—it exists; it is there.  It is numbered by God, and exists in his vast catalog of creation.  I will never see it to confirm positively that it exists; nonetheless, it is there.

There are things in this universe (most everything, actually) that we will never see or touch, that we will never know in any way at all.  Yet, the reality of the existence of those things is not dependent at all on—or tempered in the least by—our inability to perceive them or to make contact with them.  Truth and reality exist separate from our ability to see, to touch, or to understand.

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  1. For once, I totally 100% agree with you. HOWEVER, there are things in this universe that we will never see or touch or that we will never know in any way at all because they are NOT there.

    For instance, there was a tiny speck of dirt residing in the midst of a vast deposit of dusty dirt on the side of a mountain somewhere on Mars until about 3.8 billion years ago when a large contingent of little green men brushed it away to construct their first colony–which still thrives today.

    Sooooo…if you were planning to SELL that speck of Mars dirt, ya better be prepared to prove it’s there. 😉

  2. Now how do we know that the things that are not there are, in reality, “not there” unless we can see or touch them to confirm that they are not there? And if we can see or touch them, doesn’t that confirm that they indeed are there? Or maybe not seeing them or not touching them does, by default, confirm that they are not there. So would that mean that there are things that are not there simply because we can’t see or touch them? I prefer to defer to this philosophy:

    “As we know,
    There are known knowns.
    There are things we know we know.
    We also know
    There are known unknowns.
    That is to say
    We know there are some things
    We do not know.
    But there are also unknown unknowns,
    The ones we don’t know
    We don’t know. ” –Donald Rumsfeld.

  3. Uhmm….HUH? :/


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