I am constantly amazed by how easily our biology hoodwinks us into believing that human perception depicts reality. We evolved to sense ‘the world out there’ in a way that served survival. There is no reason to assume this coincides with sensing how ‘the world out there’ truly is any more than a bat’s ultrasonic hearing informs it about the true nature of ‘out there’. At best, the senses that a species evolves only convey a sliver of the big picture. The ‘blind men and the elephant’ parable comes to mind. These guys are tasked with knowing what an elephant is by touching only one part of the elephant, e.g., ears, trunk, legs, tail, etc.
Although, I am more amazed that I am amazed about this, or that I even realize it. Of course, that realization itself must be part of the biological hoodwink as well, which leaves me awestruck and dumbfounded. No wonder, as chapter 20 puts it, my mind is that of a fool – how blank! I just read this short article in Science News which discusses how physicists may be headed this way. Take a look: It’s Likely That Times Are Changing. I suppose in the long run a Taoist point of view will be the only viable point of view that remains standing. Why? Chapter 14 gives us a good hint: Dimly visible, it cannot be named and returns to that which is without substance. The ‘void’ is unassailable.