Here’s a quote from a recent New York Times Article that caught my attention:
Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group, unlike their counterparts in other rich countries, death rates in this group have been rising, not falling.
The number of news articles that are coming in about suicide, accidental overdose, drug abuse and alcoholism is staggering. People frequently refer to an “Opioid Epidemic,” that is claiming so many lives that cold storage trailers are being used as a temporary morgue in Ohio.
There is a lot of hand-wringing about what could possibly be the cause of this disturbing trend, but on a personal level, what is causing individuals that appear to be living normal and successful lives to reach out to use substances or terminal means to soften or end the pain of daily life? It would seem that the epidemic is despair, which is why so many people are drinking, using drugs, or even killing themselves.
I blame geometry.
Let me elaborate. The problem is a spiritual one, and the solution is spiritual also. Alongside the trend in increasing mortality there is a trend in decreasing religious observance. Naturally with the overwhelming success of technology, science has been elevated to the position of god in the lives of everyone starting with Generation X. Take a look inside many churches today and you won’t find any Gen Xers or younger, or perhaps a few. Most of the people that are in churches are Boomers. Gen X and below are all at home hooked into the Internet on their favorite connected gadgets, greedily consuming the vast expanse of media that is being created to feed this appetite. The despair comes from being raised in an uncaring environment of distracted parents, where the comforting knowledge that there is a loving God in heaven who wants you to live forever has never been taught. Kids today aren’t raised to know that when life’s troubles get overwhelming and it looks like there is no where to turn, you have always got Jesus, who will be with you and give his Holy Spirit to help and guide you.
How did this happen? How did the solution to all of life’s problems become eliminated from our culture?
I’m getting there. It started with Galileo. Galileo couldn’t find any parallax. Measurable parallax, he believed, would be proof that the earth is moving and not at the center of God’s creation. If the earth is not the center of God’s creation then the issue of whether or not God created it takes on a whole new significance. As a result of failing to measure parallax, he had to rationalize a reason why that wouldn’t conflict with his desire to show that the earth orbited the sun. The way that he did this was to speculate that the stars were distant suns, as such they were so far away that it would not be possible to detect parallax, even though the earth was moving.
It took a while but this rationale took root and began to grow. It soon became well accepted that the earth orbited the sun, such that, by the time Sir Isaac Newton developed the mathematics necessary to calculate the mass of the sun, the fact that the calculation itself assumes that the earth is orbiting the sun didn’t seem to cause much of a stir. Of course, I wasn’t there, so maybe I’m wrong. A search of history may reveal that there was a pretty big fight about that too, but in the minds of modern scientists the fact that heliocentricity is assumed in the calculation of the mass of the sun to be 1.9E30 Kg doesn’t even register.
So here’s where I’m going with this. If earth is at the center of the universe then it could only be because God created it that way, so denying God is simply either rebellion or ignorance. If the earth is orbiting the sun, and the sun in one of countless billions of other suns, then god is basically irrelevant and is just an optional extra. God has been made optional by Geometry. Now, what happens when we create a new technology that gives us a greater power to be able to look far out into the universe and we see something behind a star?
Remember now, the star we are looking at is a speck. In Matty’s Paradigm it is a piece of reflective rock in the Kuiper Belt. If we choose to believe that the Earth is billions of years old (in order to accommodate the evolution narrative) and orbits the sun, and that stars are distant suns, it does things to our geometry. If we decide that the speck is actually a sun like ours, but so far away that it only appears as a tiny speck, what happens if we then see a cloud of dust behind it? The cloud of dust has to be scaled up, because of Geometry, so that now every tiny mote in the dust cloud is a sun and it is much, much further away. So far away, in fact, that the distance has to be measured in light years. Billions of light years. That’s awfully convenient, because it confirms the assumption we made when we decided to believe that the Earth is billions of years old. So by making an assumption about our original assumption we can make a new assumption that confirms our assumptions. In case you weren’t sure that’s called circular reasoning. Oh, and the speck? It’s still just a speck, the cloud of dust is still a cloud of dust.
The scientific narrative of godless existence is dependent upon circular reasoning. Assumptions upon assumptions feeding in to a use of geometry that has made the earth into an utterly insignificant speck in a universe so vast that it is beyond comprehension. Add to this the current generation of scientists that seek to see every new observation or piece of information as a validation of the Star Trek universe. We have Stephen Hawking to thank for that, at least in part. There is no loving God in this universe. Moral relativism means that there is now no sin, and therefore no eternal consequence for rejecting the one God that can do anything about our situations.
Is it any wonder that we are experiencing an epidemic of despair?