Wednesday, July 26, 2017
When I have a reunion with my two living sisters in Florida, they will go to the ocean to watch the sunrise. I don't go. They won't see the sun rise. When they think they are seeing the sun rise over the ocean, the real sun is still below the horizon. Florida has a lot of moisture in the air. This phenomenon is called, "Atmospheric Refraction." My sisters don't know this. The went to brand X colleges. I went to Fordham. They come home and tell me what a wonderful sunrise they saw. I don't want to burst their bubble, so I say nothing. Even though what they saw was not the real sun, it was their experience that counted. They will have a better day because they had their "sunrise experience." When people tell me they saw something or believe in something that they think is positive, I don't challenge facts. I don't get into debates. I look for how their experience changes their life for the better. If someone says they have experienced a Higher Power I look to see if their lives have changed for the better. I don't question the existence of Higher Power. I meet people who say they believe in God or experience God, but their lives are mean, nasty, greedy, selfish and heartless, or parts thereof. In my mind they experienced a god of illusion. If the experience changed you for the better, then what you saw is "real" enough for me. Except atmospheric refraction. But why burst my sisters' bubble.