This is an example of the fractal Mandelbrot Set. Giving the image a name isn’t really important, but some folks might see this and think it is an inkblot, similar to what Dr Rorschach flashed at patients to get inside their minds. It is, and it isn’t. If you took a magnifying glass and looked at one of the edges you would find a smaller copy of the image. You could do that forever.
An inkblot test might get 99 people to “see” a butterfly, but the 100th might “see” a pig. Uhm. OK. Is that person wrong? Crazy? Who is to say? Experts? Psychologists? Psychiatrists? a Judge? In a complex society like ours the answer is ‘yes’. Someone has to make that judgment. But let’s step away from the social aspect and look at the blot from an existential aspect. The pig-seeing person differs from the norm, but that does not make him wrong.
How about the wild rhetoric flying about America today? You would think there was only one right way to run a country and if you do not agree, you are in league with Satan. Why do people say, “My way or the Highway” or descend to ad hominem attacks if you do not agree?
So WHY do people get so hot when others disagree with them? It is because they really really believe that there is only one way or one thought or one true and correct answer. If you disagree you imply that they are wrong, and that feels like an attack on their fragile egos.
The most vociferous folks will battle to the death to MAKE you see it their way. But why do they care?
The first step in being able to navigate beyond physical reality is to understand how fluid physical reality really is. Your ego is important. It is there to focus your consciousness in this particular physical reality. If you did not have an ego, you would find it difficult to steer. The ego is like a lens, or the rudder of a ship. When YOU use it for your own purposes, you have smooth sailing. When you allow your ego to stomp around reality uncontrolled, you will be in for heavy seas.
You accept that everyone sees the world through the lens of their own egos. The clearer you grind that lens, the more you will see. If it is curved or flawed or colored, then everything seen through it will be distorted. It will seem REAL to you, however. “What do you MEAN that tree is red? Of course it is GREEN!” But if you are looking through a red filter you are just as correct as your friend. Touch the tree, then. Does it FEEL red? You see where I am going with this. It is foolish to argue with anyone holding on firmly to beliefs they will not release. You cannot use reason to convince someone something isn’t “true” when they didn’t use reason to place that idea in their minds in the first place. Just let it go. It has nothing to do with you.
(an aside: I am not suggesting that folks should not be activists, merely that shouting at your friend is not the way to share ideas)
When you poke your head through the veil of physical reality, you toss that ego lens back to earth. Its comforting images will no longer be there to guide you. The Landmarks will be different. For example. You may drift through your living room. There is your grandfather’s old recliner. You “blink” and now it looks new, another “blink” and it is not quite the same color. Now it has an extra cushion. What is “there” is the idea of your grandfather’s recliner, not the chair you see when you are awake and walking around the physical room. Plato went into some detail on this idea, so I suppose he traveled the ether himself. If he participated in the Elysian Mysteries, I am sure he did.