Sunday, January 15, 2017

We Know Nothing



Scientists have recently discovered a “new” organ in the human body. Stop and think about that for a minute. Really think about it. Humans, in our current evolutionary state, have existed for about 200,000 years. We’ve been studying our anatomy for at least 3,000 years or so, and using relatively advanced equipment like x-rays, ultrasounds and CT scans for somewhere between 30 – 100 years, depending on the specific technology. On top of all that, this new organ wasn’t even hidden. Leonardo da Vinci noticed and documented it, but no one, in all the time since then, managed to realize it might be something important.

But now (just now) we’ve “discovered” a “new” organ.

And yet people are made fun of when they say things like ghosts or magic or species of animals previously undiscovered by science—things we’ve studied far less, and that are far more difficult to study than human anatomy—might exist. They are mocked and derided because so many people think that if these things existed, they would have been discovered already…even though we just now found a new organ in our bodies.

Now, let’s take this a step further.

People, maybe even you, argue and lose friends and family over politics, environmental issues, religion, and any number of medical or scientific theories or consensuses. They hate their fellow human beings over ideas that are far more complicated, have many more variables, and are often significantly more subjective than human anatomy—because they believe they are educated on the “facts” and know the “truth.”

But the experts don’t even know all the organs in the human body, or exactly how they work, when it’s been studied for thousands of years.

Think about that. Really think about it.

And once you’ve thought about it, make a conscious effort to remember it next time you’re about to ridicule, hate, or spread hurtful messages about a person (or a group of people) when they don’t see the world the way you do, or because they disagree with you, or because they’re not on “your side,” or because you heard one side of a story, or because the media convinced you to hate them.

The experts don’t even fully understand the anatomy of our bodies.

So, maybe it’s possible we’re wrong, even when we believe with every fiber of our being that we’re right. Because we’re not experts. We haven’t been studying the things we believe for thousands of years, and if we had, we still may not have the whole story. With this in mind, maybe we should love and forgive more. Maybe we should spread anger and hatred less.

We don’t know everything we think we know.

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