I posted a comment on a forum today.
Let me explain; it was a PHYSICS forum. I just heard the thud as my sister hit the floor (and that’s saying something because she lives in Canberra and I live in Perth). Yes, it’s true, I was possibly the only female and definitely the only post-er (is that what someone who posts comments on forums is called; a poster?!) with an Arts degree! (Maybe I can be the Arts poster girl! Get it? Ha! Ok, never-mind). Anyway, I asked what the difference was between quantum physics and quantum mechanics and I was feeling all very proud of myself for joining the forum and asking a question that wasn’t too dumb and thus aiding my research by speaking to ‘real’ science geeks, when I realised it was a thread from 1999. Sigh. Well, at least those guys were partying like it was 1999 – all that talk about electromagnetic phenomena, Liouville space, supermatrices, and Klein/Gordon wave equations certainly had me whooping and cavorting with a bottle of sauvignon like it was my new best friend within minutes. Let me explain (not about the whooping and cavorting – about the physics).
I’m currently writing chapter 4 of the non-fiction part of the book; the chapter about how what (and how) we think about ourselves affects our health, weight and wellness goals. Yes, it is a bit of a doozie! Especially now that ‘The Secret’ has caused such a sensation – it feels even more difficult to know what sort of framework to use to house some of the concepts I want to talk about. It’s obvious from so much of the backlash to ‘The Secret’ that (many) people are crying out for hard evidence. (‘The Secret’ doesn’t have a reference or bibliography page.) So, I decided to include in my own discussions in my book about the law of attraction (yes, I was writing about this before ‘The Secret’ was published, as have countless other authors and teachers, including Hermes in, well, I don’t know what year, a long time ago; arguably around the time of Moses, so I’m not in the least bit put out!) a scientific explanation of how it works. This seemed simple enough at the time! Sigh. I came to realise (in about a nanosecond) that quantum physics is not anywhere near as easy to understand as Shakespeare or Brecht, but I’m doing my best.
What I do feel rather inclined to talk about is this incredible desire we seem to have these days for proof. Not that I think we should believe random theories about life without any science, but, the Law of Attraction is hardly a secret and hardly without science. Why do we have this desperate need for validation? And why, more and more, do we seem to need it about ourselves?
Oh this is heading in a whole new, wondrous direction and I’m so tired out from trying to explain E = mc² that I think I might have to come back to that later! But, never fear, all is as it should be! Perhaps I’ll have thought up something highly profound between now and then. It’s all part of the divine plan, I’m sure. As my mate Einstein would say; “God does not play dice”.