Vanity thought #713. Stuff they don’t teach you in school

The worst thing is that actually they kind of do, in science classes, but they can’t bring themselves to apply this science in real life. Ironic, isn’t it? Considering that they pride themselves on their rationality you’d expect them to follow through on the most famous theory of all time.

I’m talking about relativity, of course. It’s been around for over a hundred years and Einstein is probably the most popular icon for modern science but when it comes to making simple conclusions everyone is busy with something else.

Admittedly, relativity is fairly difficult to grasp but we have plenty of down to earth explanations of how it works. Speed of light is constant, instead it’s time that speeds up or slows down to maintain light’s velocity. This gives rise to the twin paradox where one of the two brothers, the astronaut one, comes home to find that he has now become younger because his time slowed down.

The physics of it are complex but the concept is easy to visualize. Twin paradox is not the only curious side effect of relativity and here is the video that explores these time adjustments in a different and, I admit, very striking way.

This video plays on the idea of “now”, ie both observers start at the same point in time and then check the space around them at a predetermined interval. Because of the time dilation one’s “now”, however, becomes the other’s “past” or “future”, depending on the direction of their travel.

The video illustrates this by slicing the bread of space and time at an angle. I don’t know if it’s scientifically plausible, I mean two travelers on the opposite sides of the universe can’t communicate instantly to observe the effect themselves so you can’t really cheat time and ask what is going to happen to you in the future but that is not the point.

The point is that the future that we think is uncertain and subjected to our manipulation ALREADY exists. I’m tempted to say that it’s visible to the dude on the other side of the Milky Way but it’s not, thought if he could look at it he would have seen it.

So, what we call “future” exists objectively though we are restricted from accessing it. We have no choice but to live through the motion of time and experience it sometime later but it’s there already, waiting for us to arrive.

Just as Krishna says – I know past, present and future (BG 7.26). We accept it because it’s said in the Gita but now there’s an example of scientists coming to the same conclusion, except they don’t know Krishna.

Why don’t they teach this to the kids right from the start? Why do they fill their minds with notions of “free will” and “everything is possible” and “follow your dreams” crap instead? Why don’t they accept science that they profess to love so much?

Why don’t they accept that science demonstrates futility of our existence? Why are they in denial?

I guess it’s because they think that if are going to live through predetermined future anyway we might just enjoy it and pretend we are control. This is what we do for entertainment already – watch the movies where hero always wins at the end or go on rollercoaster rides where we know exactly where we would be at each point of time, where cameras would snap a picture of our distorted faces, and where it would eventually stop. It’s all predetermined yet we still enjoy the experience.

That might not be such a bad solution in the end, but before we accept it we should realize that it’s all just a game, that there is no freedom, no options, no real control. There’s no “future” and all our worries, hopes, and attempts to improve it have no effect on it whatsoever. We indulge in such stuff only to entertain ourselves.

That’s what we should remember when we chant the Holy Name, when our minds wonder off to revisit the past or to scheme some improvements to our future. We do this only because we like it, not because it would have any real effect.

There’s no real reason to worry about our jobs, about our income, about our health, about our pleasure or pain, we can’t change anything, just experience it when it comes. Is it the best experience in the world? No, it isn’t, we’ve been told. Much better experience comes from serving Krishna, much better taste, much more enjoyable rasa.

At this moment we can’t feel it yet but if we abandon our interests in enjoying the illusion of control, which has been demonstrated scientifically, there’s a chance that Krishna will eventually reveal Himself because serving Him is our natural position.

If only we would stop worrying about things that are going to happen anyway.

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