SPECULATION IS A SWEET TEMPTATION, one rooted in the imagination of those – to coin a phrase – who are “wild at mind”.
Just as the so-called “wild at heart” are willing to risk almost anything in order to indulge their romantic passions, the wild at mind delight in conjuring all manner of outlandish theories, however farfetched, simply for the fascination that it arouses and for the fun that it can generate.
If a theory or idea happens to bring about a laugh for being “utterly ludicrous”, then so be it and why not? Laughter lightens everything in this world.
At the very least, we should all be open to pondering the imponderable and willing to consider the impossible. There are scientists, after all, who have speculated that the laws of physics as we know them may not be as absolute as most of us like to think.
It does seem, of course, as if certain truths are absolute in our world, yet quantum physics – the most basic of all the sciences – is notoriously difficult to comprehend in conventional terms. Physicist Richard Feynman, for example, stated, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” Physicist Max Born said, “No language which lends itself to visualizability can describe quantum jumps.” Physicist Niels Bohr insisted that, “Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it.”
The point being made here is that life in this world is not necessarily the cut and dry thing so many want, or take, it to be. “Truth” is simply not black and white in any absolute sense. As Shakespeare noted, “Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Most of us would prefer it were otherwise. We would like “facts” to be absolute, but they are not.
Therefore, wisdom dictates that we keep an open mind, especially perhaps when searching for a fresh approach to some problem, whether of a personal nature or one of a scientific or technological nature. The pursuit of novel invention, of course, requires that a researcher ponder every possible angle, even ones that seems totally out of the realm of rational possibility at the outset.
Then there are the topics of spirituality and psychic phenomena to consider. Hearing about miraculous or impossible “powers” can be challenging, to say the least.
For example, religious leaders have long claimed that there are “angels” and “demons” existing in other dimensions, not to mention a place called Heaven and one called Hell, and we now have thousands of reports of people who have had near-death experiences tell us that something very much like that is what they experienced while in their flat-lined state. There were “beings of light” and paradise-like pastures of plenty for most of these returnees, while a few did experience some very dark netherworlds. Most, however, were impressed with the notion that there are, indeed, other dimensions full of life and that we humans reap what we sow. In other words, “karma” is for real and life does go on once the “essential self” departs the physical body.
In a similar vein, certain mystics, saints and yogis have insisted over the centuries that it is actually possible to levitate one’s body in total defiance of gravity. (!!!)
There are also scientific, military personnel who have divulged in various publications that the human mind is capable of remote viewing – of “seeing” – a location somewhere far afield, a “target” elsewhere from where one is sitting, even on the other side of the planet or out in space. They even claim that anyone can be taught how to achieve such an end if only one cultivates his or her mind in a specific manner, putting in the requisite time and practice.
Then there are certain astronauts, astronomers, generals and high ranking jet pilots in the air forces of the world who have informed us that there are ships of a “non-human” origin that fly through our skies. (“I believe UFOs, under intelligent control, have visited our planet for thousands of years.” – US Astronaut, Gordon Cooper. “We all know that UFOs are real; now the question is where they come from.” – Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot and sixth man to walk on the Moon.)
Should one believe such assertions?
I leave it to the reader… But, just to say, the truly “wild at mind” do not shy away from controversial topics, even ones that are mired in deep cultural taboos that can bring strong emotional responses from others in their wake.
The trick, I think, is to embrace an agnosticism about events in this world, one that is steeped in the deepest compassion possible. We should each be free to think as we will as we go about discovering truth for ourselves in a world that is rife with enigmas and mysteries.
In other words, we should never fear to ponder the imponderable, think the unthinkable or indulge our fascination with possibilities and potentialities.
Even at a mundane level, we need only remember that the Wright Brothers were told that it was impossible for heavier-than-air craft to take flight. Fortunately, the brothers simply ignored those who said such things and invented the airplane.
More recently, in the 1980s, the brilliant author, William Gibson, in his award-winning, futuristic novel, Neuromancer, had his antihero / protagonist “jacking in” to the Internet whenever he wanted to make an excursion into “cyberspace”. At that point, the idea of “Wi-Fi” was still a concept beyond the scope of almost everyone, even the most forward thinking among us, but “jacking in” is quite obsolete now.
In my novel, The Dream Illuminati, first published in 1988, I envisioned a time in the not-so-distant future when people would be flying about on personal jet-packs. It is gratifying for me to now see how various versions of single person flying machines have come into existence since then and can even be viewed in YouTube videos. No, we don’t have rocket-packs just yet, but we will.
I also wrote in that novel how our air laws would have to be rewritten to take such flying machines into account and already we are witnessing the havoc that drones can create around our airports. Clearly, action needs to be taken and soon on that front.
In short, I believe that we should stay wild at heart, wild at mind and brimming with wonder, for it is a very wild world we inhabit and anything might yet come to pass.