How Visionaries See Reality
Q. Why do visionaries view the world so differently that common people?
A. In my work as a professional speaker and Peak Performance Coach, I am often asked, “what makes a person a visionary?”
This is difficult to answer. On a basic level, visionaries have a unique perspective on what is a reality. For the visionary, all reality is someone’s artificial construct. What you see is not what is really there. What you are told is true or factual is just a story someone or a group of people has created. 2 plus 2 only equals 4 in Newtonian linear mathematics and in a world where light travels in a straight line. But light doesn’t travel in a straight line, it likely travels in waves so maybe 2 plus 2 is sometimes 3.9 and at other times 4.2?
This is not some half-baked philosophy. A pioneer in this way of thinking was Ernst Mach an Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to the study of shock waves. The ratio of something’s speed to that of sound is named the Mach number in his honor. We often hear of a plane flying a “Mach speed.” The Mach men’s shaver is also named after Ernst Mach though the people who named it the “Mach Shaver” probably have no idea who he was.
As a philosopher of science, he was a major influence on logical positivism (look it up), American pragmatism (look that u as well). Through his criticism of Newton‘s theories of space and time, he foreshadowed Einstein‘s Theory of Relativity. Much of what he pondered has shown up in numerous episodes of Star Trek.
Mach also became well known for his philosophy which developed in close interplay with his science. He defended a type of thinking that recognized only sensations as real. This position seemed incompatible with the view of the time of atoms and molecules as external, mind-independent things.
Mach was a major influence on the idea that scientific laws, while somewhat idealized, have more to do with describing sensations than with reality as it exists beyond sensation. The goal of physical science then, according to him, is not to understand truth or what is real but rather to illustrate and help us to understand the simplest and most economical abstract expression of facts.
Mach said that when the human mind, with its limited powers, attempts to mirror in itself the rich life of the world, its perspective must be limited. For within the human mind is only a small conception or even part of what “is”, and it can never embrace “Everything” – all the people, places, things, and non-things.
In reality, and I use the word “reality” loosely, the way we experience and define everything always contains less than the fact of what is truly there. This is because the mind and the senses that feed the mind, do not reproduce the fact as a whole. We take in this “fact” but only in that aspect of it which is important for us. The rest of the available information is omitted either through what is known as a cognitive bias or by necessity. By mentally separating a body from the changeable environment in which it moves, what we are actually doing is extricating a group of sensations on which our thoughts are fastened and which is, of relatively greater stability than the others, that are drawn from the stream of all our sensation.
Nature exists once only. Our schematic mental imitation alone produces what we know to be repeatable events. For instance, you put your key into an opening near the steering wheel of a car and the car is supposed to start. This is how ordinary reality work. There are however other realities that do not quite work this way. Quantum realities.
The visionary understands intuitively what Ernst Mach theorized and more. The visionary understands that in a round world (actually an elliptical world) where you are standing in NYC in what appears to be an upright position people in China would need to be standing upside down…they just don’t know it. Of course, the people in China think you’re standing upside down. Well…either someone is upside down, or no one is upside down. Either 2 plus 2 equals 4 or in a world where light travels in waves, 2 plus 2 will occasionally equal 5 or 7 or whatever. So what is a reality? Is it a collection of facts or is it a collective story which has morphed into a collective legend, then a myth and finally a sacred myth with rites, rituals, ceremonies, temples, sacred, double-blind tests at certified research centers. Are the rules made, or simply interpreted? In all likelihood, most of us require a religious or secular clergy to consistently reinforce this so-called “reality” as “faith” or science”?
The Visionary looks at all this and laughs. The evil visionary, a person we often refer to as a “mad scientist, lacking compassion and empathy looks at this and creates havoc because they can. They revel in creating visionary frauds and confidence games just so they can observe other people’s pain.
The noble visionary smiles and lovingly and compassionately does what needs to be done to create joy in the world and to help others to reduce their unnecessary suffering and struggle.
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