Many times you hear people say “I am a three dimensional person.” But are they selling themselves short?
Philosophers will say that your three dimensions include mind, body and spirit. Mathematicians will say you exist in an x, y, and z space. Scientists will say…uh…what will scientists say?
There are many theories today concerning our dimensional world. In fact many theories go beyond our three dimensional concepts into higher dimensions. Many of us feel ill equipped to deal with such ideas. It makes our brain hurt.
For the next several blogs, I’m going to introduce a few new ways to think about dimensions that will hopefully lead you to explore and consider your place in those dimensions. I’ll give you websites that have been helpful to me and others and encourage you to branch out on your own to explore new ideas on this subject.
If you’ve had high school geometry, then you comprehend the mathematician’s concept that objects in three-dimensional space occupy a length, width and depth. A good and easy example is the cube.
But physicists take a step further. They introduce the concept of time being the fourth dimension. Our three dimensional bodies travel down the road of time.
For example, you decide to meet a friend at Starbucks at . However your friend doesn’t arrive until . That half an hour has moved along a straight line of time and although you may have not moved from the chair in which you are anxiously awaiting your friend, time has moved you. You can’t get that half an hour back (currently) either!
For a more in depth explanation, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU1fixMAObI
The beginning part of this video gives a clear explanation of the fourth dimension (plus it will help for further blogs).
If we accept time as the fourth dimension, then we also accept that time has an impact on us. For example, during your half an hour wait at Starbucks you sat quietly sipping your latte. Suddenly you saw a thief attempt to steal a woman’s handbag. You jumped up, headed outside and conveniently tripped the thief as he ran by. Realizing the gig was up, the thief ran off and you returned the handbag to the appreciative woman. You used that time to impact the events and the people around you.
Now let’s say that a different scenario occurred. During your latte sipping time you witnessed the attempted handbag crime. But instead of acting, you sat passively and watched the thief make off with the handbag. This time you used the time to watch the events which also had an impact on those around you.
But how often do we realize that our actions in time impact what others do? We impact events and people with our actions which in turn impact how others change events and people around them.
Reflection on this idea may cause you to wonder if time indeed has a purpose. If time has a purpose, then has it always existed? Is a created vehicle for us or a benign side product of the three dimensional world we live in? What do you think?
There is so much to discover! Come back and see where you fit into the universe!