(answer to Saima Haq who asked me today 'Ike, I want to be guided to the shortest route to universal knowledge.' Thanks Saima Haq for the provocation)
It was only when we were culturally and civilisationally ready that 'Theory of relativity and Quantum mechanics' revealed themselves and were the precursor of the present enormous epoch of 'cyber specks' that have connected the whole mankind with the 'death of distance.' This has ensured restoration of our 'cosmic dust relationship' with our original 'alma mater the heavenly stars thousands of light years away' and to the hearts of the furnaces where each constituent atom of our body burnt, matured and belongs too. This cosmic phenomenon is leading us to altered level of distinctiveness and matchlessness of human evolution. This is our religion.
Why I think about 'space and time' so much, it is because 'I am a blind beetle in life;' without 'space and time' I would perish with melancholy, hopelessness and dejection. When a blind beetle crawls over the surface of a globe he doesn't notice that the track he has covered is curved. Einstein highlighted that 'he was lucky enough to have spotted the curve,' these guys likes of Einstein and my gurus Sagan, Le Grasse were extraordinary blind beetles. Albert Einstein further deliberates on this as he says: 'how can we solve any problem that we have created ourselves with the same mind that created the problem? This is why we must continue to educate ourselves to grow our minds so that we may be able to solve our own problems.'
We are not instinctively born with any meticulous flair, genius is a rare visitor, foolishness galore surrounds our subsistence. In our triviality of existence where odds are heavily staked against us we need with our education, a propensity to be probing and enquiring. Those who solve the problems like Einstein stay with the problem, it is the combination of perspiration and inspiration that leads to elucidation. Extraordinarily smart people are those who weave imagination as an integral part of their philosophy. Don't feel single-handed, don't be browbeaten or frightened; yes - you are the smartest, if you discover the treasures embodied within.
Calm down and listen vigilantly, are you listening voices in your head, something is ready to be born, your 'expression' is a midwife to your idea. Ease the birth of your thoughts, nurture your feeble expression, relieve it from the deep slumber, once re-born incubate it, don't breach train of ideas, let them grow, let people think what they think, know very well that your thoughts are the collective treasures of the Universe.
Grow out of monologues and one liners and coherently express your views on complex issues of life with imagination, it is not for anyone else's benefit, I am habitually blank; when I sit on my bench, I get my mind moving and intellect working only with help of a catalyst, I need a single question, it is the passion and depth of the question that makes me think, not the other way round. Question, query, enquiry is the key that unlocks my moderately innovative intellect (?). I work hard on it, I love people and encourage them to ask and I ask too many questions too, a learner and a reader at the same time.
It is all about my own development, I think when one cerebrally expands, mankind's collective asset base multiplies. When 'we' fail mankind's collective consciousness is dealt a harsh blow. Collective wisdom and conscience of 'The Universe' needs to cross a vital threshold of global intellect before new truths reveal themselves. It is our ability to digest new information that 'The Universe' reveals its secrets and help us to decipher. The Universe feeds us in drip, we need to think for 'The Universe' to let us know more and unveil itself.
Lets take a detour, for example no description of calculus before Newton and Leibniz could be complete without an account of the contributions of Archimedes. Archimedes circles and his 'Sums of Squares' were preamble of calculus, but the Roman soldier who killed him represented the backwardness of our collective belligerent civilization ; the level of global awareness was at the time of Archimedes not ready for the Newton's/Leibnitz modern calculus that led to the internal combustion engine and the new Industrial age. It was only when we were culturally and civilisationally ready that 'Theory of relativity and Quantum mechanics' revealed themselves and were the precursor of the present enormous epoch of 'cyber specks' that have connected the whole mankind with the 'death of distance.' This has ensured restoration of our 'cosmic dust relationship' with our original 'alma mater the heavenly stars thousands of light years away' and to the hearts of the furnaces where each constituent atom of our body burnt, matured and belongs too. This cosmic phenomenon is leading us to altered level of distinctiveness and matchlessness of human evolution. This is our religion.
Imagination and our creativity will help surpass all barriers of ignorance cemented in our psyche due to misfortune of our surroundings and birth. The dogma that infects us and injected in us from our conception as ideology needs cleansing. We need to call upon the wellspring of our imagination and creativity and remember well that knowledge is limited, it is our 'imagination' that will outshine all self imposed puritanical obsession and limitations, we need to break the chains and free ourself from this self imposed purdah that deviates us from the path of accurate awareness of the sentient concious planet and our Universe.
Einstein explained it very evidently that sometimes he use to ask himself how come that he was the one to develop the theory of relativity, the reason he attributed was to a very self effacing fact that as a normal adult he never stopped to think about problems of 'space and time' it was because of his retarded intellectual development that he wondered about space and time, he could go deeper into the problem than a child with normal abilities.
Reflect and articulate, let them scorn, mock, deride you, make fun of you and think of you as zilch, but if ever the sun in you will rise everyone will see, you will be a gleaming ray of that sun. You will understand global phenomenon far earlier than others, your small stay here will be more gratifying and less gruelling. Mine is, therefore leisurely and unhurriedly day and night, I quietly creep on the curved surfaces like a blind beetle, I am a very proud blind beetle.