A Cosmic Joke that has the Scientists Rolling in the Aisle

There is a “thing” I refer to as Universe Humor, others may refer to it as a Cosmic Joke. There have been times in all of our lives when we thought we knew exactly how some event or incident was going to turn out. We could be so convinced that we “knew” what was going to happen, that we would have bet the family farm and the kitchen sink on the outcome of the event. It is at moments like this, when the Universe surprises us by taking a left turn instead of a right.

While in most cases such a turn of events may evoke anger, disappointment or disillusion, I usually respond by shaking my head in profound awe of the perverse nature of Universe Humor. Here I thought I knew exactly how things would turn out and then find myself surprised, the wind knocked out of me. In wonder, I must rethink and reconsider the beliefs I held that led me to my faulty conclusion.

When Universe Humor hits an individual, recognition of their astonishing lack of awareness may provoke a profound change in their life. On an individual level, each must reconsider their own beliefs in order to accommodate the surprising observations.

In contrast, the course of human history is radically altered when Universe Humor undermines a “core belief” that is part of the fabric of the entire society. Consider how the course of human history changed when the belief that the world was flat was challenged by the circumnavigation of the globe?

Have a ‘core belief’ you may want to rethink?

I will be sharing more tomorrow!

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7 thoughts on “A Cosmic Joke that has the Scientists Rolling in the Aisle

  1. I think knowledge and wisdom evolve continuously and often we find that we’ve come to realize that what we now know contradicts what we not so long ago found ourselves feeling enlightened by.

  2. Oh, the irony. Here’s another joke. People have always known the earth was round, from ancient times through the Middle Ages and beyond. The notion that people thought the earth was flat is a myth tracing to the 19th century and efforts by certain individuals (among them Washington Irving) to discredit the Catholic Church by suggesting that it had tried to suppress such knowledge during the Middle Ages. In fact, Thomas Aquinas thought the fact of the round earth was so obvious that it didn’t need any proof, and virtually all other medieval intellectuals took the earth’s sphericity for granted. In other words, this myth of a belief in a flat earth is an excellent example of a “core belief” in our society in need of “rethinking.” See the book, Inventing the Flat Earth: Columbus and Modern Historians, by noted historian Jeffrey Burton Russell, for the real story.

  3. I thought it was mainly a matter of point of view: we have ours, being on our two feet on Earth and having our knowledge, but on a higher plane -physically and spiritually- the POV changes dramatically.
    Lucid Dreaming and meditation can elevate our perspectives instead of always being grounded…

  4. when I was a young girl and went out to discover the world, it seemed the Universe was always ready to grant me every wish and there is fair amount of amnesia of being knocked out by any event. But now in retrospect, I realize the shake ups were there, even then, but only I was young and more resilient with all my neurons in a young agile state, and my heart strong from all the love that surrounded me for young people are welcome everywhere, they are go getters, always looking to the future, ready to bury the negatives of the past and put out hormones containing all the excitement of the present.After retirement all that changes, with the inevitable slowing down of the biological system. The wisdom is of course greatly appreciated, but having to ration one’s time due to reduced capacity, especially now when one has so much to be share and do, is somewhat of a setback and this is where I feel abandoned by an otherwise generous and abundant Universe!

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