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11/28/2016 01:00 pm ET Updated Nov 25, 2017

Truth Is a Probability Cloud

Don't we all spend a lot of time looking for the truth behind every situation? Yet, there seem to be an infinite number of contradictory perspectives for every situation. It's these perspectives that make up the very thing that creates this world. It's as if the truth of any situation waxes insignificant. Instead, it is the popular perspective that rules the day. As Winston Churchill put it, "History is written by the victors." Yet that truth applies not only to world history, but to the life and history of every individual on the planet. How we're viewed seems to count for a great deal more than who we actually are.

Perhaps we can take a life lesson from the physicist, Heisenberg. He said that absolutely everything in creation is a probability cloud, or you could say, a possibility cloud. Even where an electron is located is a function of perspective. It's all a function of how we view or interact with that electron. The same is true in all of life. It's all about perspective. It's as if this existence is a vast, limitless, reservoir of entangled perspectives, all weaving together in a complex web we call life.

This leads us to question the truth of any situation. What is the reality? Does anybody really know what time it is? Is it even possible to know the answer to that question?

Just look at how we function. We insist upon aligning with a perspective that defines our spirituality, morality, objectivity, health, wealth, and mental state. Though we may ardently adhere to the notion that everyone is entitled to their own perspective, we are often extremely offended by the idea that anyone could possibly have a perspective inconsistent with our own. Our perspectives create our reality.

Even the field of education is often reduced to an indoctrination into the current, most popular consensus or perspective. Any attempt to liberate an individual from their current perspective is usually experienced as insulting and offensive, if not downright blasphemous.

Oh, poor Heisenberg! He must be turning over in his grave! When will we ever learn? Wisdom and truth are not found in any perspective. Truth is not a concrete viewpoint; truth is an abstraction, as intangible and ungraspable as space.

Now enters wisdom. What in the world could that be? And what might be its relationship with a perspective and with truth? In light of all this, wisdom must clearly be as intangible as truth. Wisdom certainly lies beyond the realm of perspective.

It is that intangible substrate that underlies all perspectives, but is subject to none. That's sort of like the electron. No matter what we reduce it down to, it's not that. It's something far vaster, far more undefinable, abstract, intangible, and ungraspable.

We've used many words to try to point in the direction of where we find truth. We look beyond the horizon. We look out amongst the stars into the vast expanse of space. Or we also look within our own selves to what we call the soul, to what some call the Transcendent or the true and ultimate Self. That place within us where we are one with all that is, yet remains in a place that lies beyond all that is—beyond all thoughts, beyond all notions, and beyond all perspectives.