Gravity and Absolute Truth

Flying Machine

Millions of Americans were glued to the television last year when a “father” slash inventor slash sycophantic hoaxter created a large balloon and tipped off the media that his son was caught within.  For over an hour, cameras, law enforcement, and fire crews chased the balloon only to, thankfully, find that the child was safe at home.  After a bit of questioning, the father admitted that he knew that the child was at home the entire time.  Authorities were not amused. 

For centuries man has had many quests, but none so fervent and comical, perhaps, as the pursuit to defy gravity and fly.  I love watching old films that portray the many contraptions that inventors concocted, trying to get off the ground and soar.  Even today, with the developed machine known as the airplane, people are still trying to fly better, higher and less inhibited.  No doubt most have heard of the infamous jet-pack, with a backpack, of sorts, a few hoses, and some propulsion, a person can lift off of the ground for several minutes, enjoying the uninhibited views and restraints that the air can offer. 

Today with paragliding, hang-gliding, bungee jumping, airplanes, helicopters, space shuttles (oh..wait), and hot-air balloons, we can for a few moments live in a state of anti-gravity.  But, regardless, eventually, the air current or fuel runs out and we come back to ground in submission to immutable law.  Without this constancy, we would careen out of orbit.  Simple elements and tasks are suddenly complex and require extra care that is unnecessary without the gravitational pull.  Liquid would be uncontained and non-cohesive.   Yet, the thought of defying gravity mesmerizes mankind!  Watching astronauts float around without the restriction looks like SO much fun.  Undoubtedly, it IS.  At first.  But, it is gravity that keeps man from drifting aimlessly away. The knowledge that our atmosphere provides oxygen that is required to keep our bodies alive, can bring a sense of relief and respect to the system in place. 

When people hear the term “absolute truth,” often, there is nay saying and a lack of support.   Absolute truth means that we are tethered to ideas that we may not want to accept, that there is something bigger than ourselves.  We cannot control what concepts are “kosher” and what are not. 

Absolute truth means that I am not the god of my own universe.

No wonder people have such a hard time accepting this reality!  Accepting that we are not really “masters of our domain” is difficult even for people who claim to believe in absolute truth!

Just like man’s quest to fly, we want to somehow defy absolute standards.  “Hey, it might not be good for you, but it’s what I believe.”  People take bits and pieces of what they deem truth and reality and VOILA! Homemade, alternate realities a la carte!  Sure, people can, will, and do, try to beat absolute truth, however, eventually the fuel runs out.  If there are no absolute truths, if there is nothing bigger to keep the system in check, then what is real?  How does one determine what is right and true and good?  If I think one ideal is right and my neighbor thinks it isn’t and worlds collide, what thenSomebody has to win! Man can shake his fist at absolute truth, deny it’s existance, and even concoct his own flying machine, but there are still limits beyond his control.  Chaos will abound and his fuel will run out.  If there are road signs cautioning us to steer clear or state, “Do not pass!” We can still choose to go around or run right through those signs.  But, eventually we will come to the end of the road…

Just like gravity, absolute truths provide the stability of the system that we live in.  They keep us grounded and minimize the chaos.  We are not drifting away into the great unknown.  We know what the limits are and don’t choose to test the boundaries, for fear of an aimless, dark existence.  Staying in the atmosphere allows us the life-giving oxygen for the soul.  And while it may seem appealing to test the truth, when we remain grounded and recognize the reasons for absolute truth, we appreciate the boundaries that have been set.  Many people see absolute truth as a stifling of humanity, I see them as liberation from the unknown chaos.  I don’t have to wonder who to trust, what to think, and rely on my own abilities.  

I know if I jump off that cliff, the boundary that separates law from air, I’m going to die. 

I choose to live and respect absolute truth.

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  1. May 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Hello! I noticed that you and I “like” a lot of the same posts by Joel C. Rosenburg so I though I’d better come over. 🙂 Nice to “meet” you.

    • Order in the Quart!
      May 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Jess! Nice to meet you too 🙂 Feel free to look me up on Facebook! God bless! Eyes to the skies, eh? 🙂

  2. May 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Can’t find ya on FB. I blogged “order in the quart blog” because I saw your “like” on his blog but not on FB. I’m Jessie Gunderson. Try finding me. 🙂

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