We experience the world through our senses and generate an ‘image’ of the world. This is what we perceive as our ‘reality’. Others experience the world in their own way and as such ‘multiple realities’ are generated. The presence of these ‘multiple realities’ coupled by a lack of understanding and acknowledgement of the presence of multiple realities is the basis of all the conflict in the world. This conflict manifests at individual, family, societal, national and the international level.
To add to our difficulty, the multiple realities, are not just generated within a human domain but much beyond.
Let us look at a few examples:
1. Humans can hear frequencies mainly between 20 and 20,000 Hz. Other animals have much different ‘spectrums’ of hearing e.g. the dog. Similarly we can ‘see’ within a particular wavelength spectrum whereas other animals may ‘see’ within a different spectrum. This is what I call a PERCEPTION SPECTRUM. It is best to conceptualise these as circles and it is clear that our circle of perception is different to other species, though there is some overlap e.g. as can be seen in a Venn diagram.
Our world is thus quite different to what a ‘dog’ or a ‘bat’ might be perceiving.
2. The world can be divided into two large groups: living and non living.The living can further be divided into animals and plants. We initially thought that plants do not ‘sense’ or perceive. Now we know better. We don’t know how a tree ‘perceives’ the world. We also at present believe that non living objects don’t perceive. Yes they don’t perceive like us but they may have a perception spectrum which at present is beyond our comprehension. As a man of science and spirituality, as a sincere seeker, I would like to keep an open mind. We don’t know what we don’t know.
3. We are looking for ‘life’ in the solar system and beyond. Unfortunately we are constrained by our perception spectrum. We are looking for ‘life’ as we see it.
One might think: We all know that! Why bother about it?
An understanding, an acknowledgement of multiple realities and PERCEPTION SPECTRUMS has huge practical value:
a) It can improve realtionships among humans, it can make humans more ‘inclusive’ towards other species and the whole world.
b) It can help us explore beyond our view or spectrum of ‘life’. This should be the focus of future scientific endeavour.
c) The realisation of all the perception spectrums, their interplay within the whole of creation and an all encompassing perception spectrum which captures the essence of all that ‘is’ is a state of ENLIGHTENMENT. That is what it says on the destination board of my train! You are on the same train as well, maybe in a different compartment…