Reality – Is what you see around you real?

November 20, 2022

Reality is a term we use to describe the world around us. If I asked you to describe your current reality, you may speak about your home, the furniture within. Your family! But what if I told you that what you see may not be real? Or at least real in the manner in which you and I perceive things?
 
To understand we need to think of our world at a microscopic level. Actually, even tinier than that, at the atomic level. Our world and everything in in is made up of atoms. Inanimate or living. We are all made up of atoms. An atom if you recall has protons and electrons within. Here is the strange truth. 99.99999% of the matter contained within an atom is vacuum.
 
So can we walk through the vacuum? Why does everything around you feel solid? The chair that I am sitting on, for example? What would happen if you could indeed walk through atoms?
 
We run into a principle called the Pauli Exclusion Principle. Simply put, it states that two electrons cannot be in the same place at the same time. For you to be able to walk through something, the electrons in your body need to be in the same place as the electrons of the wall. Pauli’s Exclusion principle says that it is not possible. There is a force of resistance created when we “press” on something, which is what we experience as firmness. It is this firmness that we use to describe our reality.
 
But our world is stranger than we can imagine. Scientists have shown that while I may not be able to be in the same space as you are, I can influence the atoms in your body. Both through thought and action. Heart beats can respond and coordinate to beat in the same rhythm, for example. So while reality may be strange, our ability to affect each other is not! Surround yourself with the sort of people you want to become. Mom was right, really!

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