SHARE YOUR WORLD FOR THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER — Marilyn Armstrong

World Sharing – Mid November — almost holiday time!

Can we ever experience anything objectively?  Why or why not?  (Now for the people who may not understand that idea, this is what objective means (definition wise):  Something that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions).

I would like to think that mathematics, physics, and scientific inquiry are non-emotional. That’s true, but not entirely. Expecting a particular result tends to make it more likely that scientists will find that result. Also, a lot of scientific inquiry comes up with answers that are hypothetical and theoretical and not “hard” science. A scientific “theory” is not the same as pretending something that’s not true IS true. It’s not “fake.” It’s just something that can’t be absolutely proven.


Answers change as new technical solutions become available and also when the culture sees the world “differently.” When the rigid Catholic control of Europe began to slip, the way we looked at the universe changed too. In fact, that change of cultural control was critical to scientific inquiry.


So no, there’s no such thing as “entirely objective,” but there is certainly a big difference between fantasy — completely made up — and reality. Fact-seeking brings us a lot closer to objectivity than deciding the truth before you hear the facts and deciding anything else is not true. Climate change is one of those things.


Massive amounts of science have been used to determine the reality of this event and objective events — storms, rising water, and melting ice — have shown us that this is real. This is probably as close to objective as anything gets … yet those who are likely to make money from further despoiling of our environment reject it.

It isn’t that is is not true or objective. It’s greed, pure and simple.

Do humans have a soul? Do animals have a soul?

I don’t know. Do you?

Why are people told to respect the dead? (example: “Don’t speak ill of the dead”)

That’s cultural. Some religious groups idolize their ancestors, others merely bury them. Most people would really like us to have a soul, but I reserve my judgment on this. I don’t know. I don’t think anyone “knows.”

We hope. We believe. We yearn. We may (or may not) pray — but we do NOT know because the dead have not come back to chat with us. Until they do, we can just wonder and hope.

Without using the names of specific people, discuss “the ideal” President or another world leader.  Saying ‘anyone who is the exact opposite of a certain orange-skinned creature’ is cheating.  While (to me) that’s a true statement, there’s more depth to the question than to reduce it to one sentence.

I don’t know if there is any such person. Politics does what it does. Even the most honest people and truthful people get bent in politics.


So you do the best you can, trying to find people who believe what you believe and you hope that they will do their best for you and this world.



Categories: Culture, Marilyn Armstrong, Science, Share My World

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8 replies

  1. I find this post merits a LOT more attention than it did. I agree to a great degree with you.
    As for the existence of a soul, I’m gonna give you the one answer you don’t want to hear: I know I have a soul. But of course, I can’t prove it. Nobody can. And I often say that dogs have soulful looks in their eyes, although there I’m less sure. It’s a question of faith, if you BELIEVE, you just know that the soul-thing is real. If you’re agnostic or a non-believer, of course you couldn’t acknowledge that a soul exists. It’s not something I can explain. Doesn’t make it less real for me.

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  2. Thanks Marilyn for Sharing Your World. It’s been interesting to read the answers to this week’s selection of questions. It highlights the diversity of our group of bloggers! Have a great week and into the Holidays we go! 🙂

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    • I would love the holidays more if someone else would take care of doing all the “stuff.” ! I don’t do a lot these days — which is fine.

      As for objectivity, if the only way we know anything is through our own little brains, we can’t really be entirely objective. But there’s “objective” and “fact-based,” or silly and fake. There IS a difference. Science gives us the best information they can deliver. It isn’t just a guess, or fake, or silly (though it can be silly — and also, occasionally, wrong).

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  3. If I find I have a soul, I’ll come back to let you know!

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  4. You’re right that politics usually change them from real person into a twisted version. But some are more twisted than others.

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    • There are so many compromises required by “real” politics and for every time you give something for someone, you owe a favor. And maybe they owe you a favor. I do not believe there has ever been a “clean” political system. So, we do the best we can and hope we can continue to make it work. Right now, it doesn’t seem to be going well, but I have to hope it will get better. If I don’t harbor that hope, I’ll give up.

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