Waking up this morning, the first thing i noticed was that my foot was moving. As it moved, i took control over it and started moving it myself through free will. I noticed that as i moved it under the warm blanket, it pulled on an area of the blanket, light years away, near my ear. It occurred to me that there was a direct line of tension connecting the area of blanket around my toes to the area of cover next to my ear. I played with this little relationship for a while and thought about how this might be relevant to some other, externally observable phenomenon in society. How maybe in the midst of an apparently unrelated ocean of cause-effects there were correlated, co-occurring instances of phenomenon. Then, now, as i write this, i think about Einsteins time-space and wonder how he came to conclude that these two impossibly related things could melt into a single theoretically observable phenomenon. Now I am pretty sure until further notice that the proper way of looking at what happens around us is through the lens of cause-effect, rather than cause and effect
. There is a huge difference in how things start to look when you see cause-effect as a single observable phenomenon rather than two discrete manifestations of what is out there. Our brains are programed to see things in sets of two or more. We compare and contrast, it is what we do. We make arguments, supported by evidence and counter-hypothesis. Something can not be proven in science unless there are instances in which it can be dis-proven. In fact dis-proving is one of the scientific criteria of validity. When we have only one thing, we have nothing to compare it against. We are at a loss for words. This one-thing-ness is what being is. Think about it, try to find something to compare sadness or anger with. They are one-thing-nesses. There are no comparisons because they are states of being. It is like the question we used to like to ask in grade school for the purposes of joking around: "what is the difference between an orange?". Of course you can not answer the question, there is no comparison. No thing upon which to base an assertion of any difference. This is why the western cultures have such difficulty grappling with the eastern notions of oneness. We just don't get it because we are not trained to think in those terms. The Taoist philosophy of the Middle way is entirely based on this notion of oneness. If you get it, your suffering might be reduced.