There’s a cool hallucination in physics.
It’s used in both solid state physics and quantum physics.
It’s a purposely created hallucination because it makes the math a lot easier.
For example, when studying solid state physics, they need to understand a crap ton of particles in a very small space.
But since each particle has a few variables (mass, spin, charge, etc.) the math is way too complicated.
One guy came up with the idea of instead of thinking of a box of particles (which there are a lot) to think of a box of holes.
There’s a lot fewer holes. And the holes each have zero everything (mass, spin, charge).
Turns out that describing a box filled with a few holes is a lot easier than describing a box filled with a lot more actual particles.
It works because they all know it’s a hallucination.
A purposely created hallucination just to understand the math easier.
Trouble comes when we come up with metaphors to describe underlying complex phenomenon, but we forget about it.
And we start to treat the metaphors as actual descriptions of reality.
For example, a common metaphor is “The Road is Better Than The Inn.”
But you don’t have to be on an actual road going to an actual inn to understand it to mean the process of getting somewhere (even if that somewhere is at a certain skill level) is often times better than the destination.
Sometimes we do the opposite.
Instead of coming up with metaphors to describe something, we ignore that something altogether.
We’re terrified of finding out what it REALLY is.
Kind of like when you get your bank statement in the mail.
So we ignore it.
Most of us hope that so long as nothing “bad” happens, then ignoring it is a good strategy.
It seems to be working.
But what if that which we ignore is our source of our greatest power?
Power can certainly be intimidating.
There are lot of metaphorical stories about us dumb humans biting off more than we can chew.
But what if those stories themselves are really tricks?
To KEEP us from looking?
After all, if YOU discovered your greatest power, would you tell everybody, or keep it secret?