Truth and Division in Society
Neil, a student of mine, asked, “What happens to all the energy that is my thought when I die?”
Vanishes like dust in the wind was what came to mind. From dust, stardust, to dust.
But I couldn’t. Neil was young, too young, and the very young do not always comprehend (or do as they’re told). No, he needed another answer, one that he could wrap his mind around.
“You transform into Energy. From one form to another. That’s an immutable Law of Nature.”
“So my thought energy becomes some other form? Thermal energy?”
“Yeah…there are so many forms, and we do not know or comprehend all of them yet.”
“Right, so I’ll continue to exist in another form?”
“Can’t say, Neil…forms of energy do not have to resemble each other. You know potential energy is not the same as kinetic energy.” We’d been reviewing his high-school Physics.
That calmed Neil’s curiosity. For that moment.
But I see another truth in the exchange. That truth itself may be overrated. The love of truth, that so many researchers and teachers believe in, and trust in, may itself be something that separates us and distances us from everyone. Is such separation, exclusion, desirable?
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There’s much truth in that too!