"Perhaps I may be allowed a parable, and say that similarly it is customary to ignore or to deny the existence of a spiritual world. As with the Ether, so we are painfully unaware of such an influence, we are blind and deaf to its reality: we are really stupid in our self-satisfaction and narrowness of outlook. Most of us apprehend little more than the animals: we go on with no more knowledge than is necessary for daily life: and it is rather the fashion to despise those who seek to enlighten us. There has always been a tendency to deny and contemn the pioneers of knowledge: all knowledge has to make its way slowly and painfully against a mass of prejudice and inertia. To a certain degree this may be wise: to accept things too readily would be rash: unbalance and enthusiastic credulity is always to be deprecated: it is better to be slow in accepting the truth than to be ready to accept falsehood. A certain amount of opposition is salutary; though there comes a point at which opposition to truth ceases to be beneficial and becomes mere obscurantism. Opinions may differ as to when that stage is reached in any given case.
Meanwhile our theories or our lack of theory, our perception or our blindness, do not alter facts. The facts are there all the time, and are independent of what humanity thinks about them. For ages people were ignorant that the stars were other suns, and not mere appendages to the Earth. We are constantly closing our minds to Reality, or rather we are living among realities of which we have no apprehension. Open our eyes that we may see! Should we not ask this? Some things in the age of science we are beginning to learn which were unknown to the Ancients; but in time we too shall be Ancients, and our descendants will wonder at our blindness and stupidity. Especially perhaps at the blindness and stupidity of some of the learned - some of the scribes.
Revelation has not ceased, through it takes many forms; and those to whom perception has come must relieve their minds by utterance, and not expect to be fully understood in their day and generation. Their own knowledge, so far as it is sound, is but a step in advance; and they must have faith that humanity will take it in due time. Meanwhile they must possess their souls in patience; they need not strive nor cry; in quietness and confidence shall be their strength.
Reality is what everyone is keen to know about. No one wants to be deceived; all are eager for trustworthy information, if it be forthcoming, about both the material and the spiritual worlds, which together seem to constitute the Universe." Sir Oliver Lodge
Posted on Mon, July 28, 2014
by Richard Blankenship