Confinements of Human Beings on Comprehension of the Nature, Life And Universe
The universe is almost infinitely big. It is also almost infinitely old. In comparison, a man lives as on a dust, and his life is as short as a larva. There are three major confinements to a person:
- The space he lives in
- The period he lives
- His religion
These confinements of space, time and freedom of mind constrain a person’s comprehension of the nature, life and the universe.
Nothing is bigger than the universe. People have been observing the universe since old civilisation, and have made great discoveries, especially in the modern era. New knowledge has been derived from these discoveries. If we humbly learn from scientists on their observations, discoveries and knowledge of the universe, then the space we live in is no more a confinement to our comprehension.
Contemporary written history started about three thousand years ago. China has the most of this. By studying history, our knowledge is broadened by three thousand years.
Oldest artifacts dated back a couple of million years or more ago. By accepting archaeology and learning from archaeologists, our knowledge can be broadened by 2 million years.
Oldest fossils might date back perhaps 3.5 billion years ago. By accepting the conclusion and knowledge of the scientists who have studied fossils, our knowledge can be broadened by some three billion years.
If we sincerely accept history, archaeology, and fossil science, and learn from historians, archaeologists and fossil scientists on their discoveries and knowledge, then our short life span is no more a confinement to our comprehension of the nature, life and the universe.
Last but not least, if one could think beyond his religion, then the religion is no more a confinement to his freedom of mind. This is the biggest challenge.