In a past post I mentioned how it is only possible to measure water if we put it into a container. In doing so, we confine it to a known volume and can thus determine how much there actually is. Tip the container over and the water will do as its nature requires of it: it will flow out. There are realities that scientists can see every day, but take very little notice of because of their need to bring everything they touch into the fixed, material world.
The material world is what we need if we are to stand on something. Even a floating crate in the sea is material in this sense of the word. We can measure a lump of coal it because it has a definite form, albeit that this form may be chaotic and difficult to measure, the three dimensions scientists ascribe to all reality can be shown to exist within it.
Water, or any fluid needs a container of some kind, be it a riverbed or the geographical bowl of the seafloor. Without this, water will flow until it can find one. Scientists ascribe this action to gravity, albeit that they haven’t been able to nail down this phenomenon in truly material terms. It remains a fact that all water when still will have a surface that is parallel to the horizon. Tip the container and any fluid will maintain this property.
The world of the fluid is one that is quintessentially different from the fixed, material world. I will add that any life that exists requires the fluid realm in order to do so; however, the fluids – sap, blood, water itself – are always in motion. Without this, the water turns stagnant and sometimes even poisonous. Only the rarified and purest of fluids will not turn stagnant, but purity of this kind is rarely healthy for the living.
Where the fluid requires encapsulation on two sides and has a surface, a gas, that is to say, air, has none. Yet it is palpable by way of the wind or when we blow out a candle. Nevertheless, it is wholly formless, where water had only one dimension of form. In the gas we have left the realm of material science altogether, albeit that the materialists imagine a gas to be made of little materials they call atoms. That these can only be proven through thought only adds form to their illusion.
It remains a fact, whatever anybody says about atoms or anything else, that a gas is usually invisible but still palpable. One exception is chlorine gas, but that is dangerously toxic. True science is healthy; a science that has no interest in health can unknowingly – or uncaringly – produce all manner of unhealthy byproducts – not least of which is the invisible nature of dementia.
A gas is thus formless, yet it possesses what we might call material properties, what with its palpability. If one wishes to contain it, it must be contained on all sides, otherwise when the scientist creates a draught by opening the door to tell everyone it’s tea time, the gas will be blown out of the receptacle it was in.
We now have three realms each of which are immediately recognizable through our experiences of the world. As mentioned, in order to understand these, the scientist has to arraign them and in stripping them of their extraneous qualities, comprehend them by way of the formed, material world. Understanding that these realms are more than just “states of matter” is essential if one is to come to grips with the reality of the world we live in.
Warmth as a phenomenon is far harder to describe – the scientists imagine the fourth state to be plasma, but this again is to describe warmth in a way that ties it to the material world. Warmth itself is something quintessentially different to a gas, yet we can all experience it when on a cold day we hold a mug of lovely warm chocolate.
I’m a girl, okay? These things are important!
The warmth rising from the mug is where the air has become warmed. If we stand next to an electric bar fire, we can feel the radiant warmth, and this is in itself, quintessentially different from the warmth we feel when we touch our mug of hot chocolate. This warmth is a ‘material’ warmth in that we can feel it as an attribute. The radiant warmth has quality but no substance, we can feel it, yet that is all we can say about it.
As you can tell from the last paragraph, this is testing my own powers of expression. Not to mention my own powers to comprehend the true nature of warmth and radiance. That doesn’t make them any less real, it doesn’t mean that the scientists’ concept of infra red light wavelengths is any less of an illusion. If we are to seek reality, we have to seek reality as it is, not as we might want it to be. That is the challenge for those who wish to live with nature in a way that will not destroy it.
That doesn’t mean we do without technology, it does mean we do without that which poisons and pollutes. Humans have the ability to exist and co-exist without poisoning the planet we live on. Indeed, the healthier the business, the less it poisons and the more profitable it is. I assure you that anything that adds real profitability will lessen the dependence on poisonous technologies and will err towards the human. Look carefully at the work of a consultant like Perry Marshall and you will see that his most expensive services are all face to face; in a like manner, everything he will offer by way of advice that will improve a business will focus on the immediate and the truly human. Those businesses I know that are healthy all focus on their relationship with their customers.
The problem we have today is that the warnings Rudolf Steiner gave in the 1920s went unheeded and the pollution we have today is a direct result of our wishing to materialize that which actually exists in a different realm. In doing so, we have created a gap – an abyss – between what we want and what nature demands of us. My post ‘Live Wires’ spoke of the tragic and now irreparable nature of this human phenomenon. What’s more, we wanted this because it is more comfortable for us to do so, in the way it is more comfortable for the scientist to see everything as material, as earthly and not for what it truly is.
There’s something I haven’t mentioned that is part of the reality we all live in. Any thoughts?