Long ago, a young couple was standing on a deserted beach.
The man sank his toes into what he had always been told was a flat earth. He fixed his gaze upon the flat ocean shimmering before him. Staring straight out into the horizon, as far as his eyes could see, he suddenly had a thought:
“Beyond that distant horizon, beyond anything I can see – there’s more.”
Meanwhile, the woman turned her eyes towards the big blue sky that hovered far above the ocean. Considering the huge, mysterious canopy that stretched out over her head, she also had a startling thought:
“Beyond that big blue sky, beyond the clouds, beyond anything I can see – there’s more.”
The two looked at one another. They shared their observations. Then, despite all they had been told, they dared to to believe it was true. They dared to believe in something far beyond what they could see. Because of their belief, their whole world suddenly took shape and a vast universe opened up before them.
Today, I stand in front of a mirror, looking at a flat image of me.
So what is it that I’m seeing?
- Chemistry tells me I am just water and elements.
- Physics tells me I am just matter and energy.
- Biology tells me I am just a mammal.
- The mirror tells me I am just an old man.
But as I stare straight into those curious eyes that stare right back at me, suddenly I have a startling thought:
“Beyond what I’ve been told, beyond anything I can see – there’s more.”
Dare I believe it?
Dare I not?