The ether (OVR)

People choose to remember what is important to them personally. But it’s more than that. They choose to remember that which has been presented to them powerfully. The dance of presentation imprints itself on the mind’s eye.

Think of something like natural gas. Natural gas is like electricity: it is an important concept that is fuzzy in the minds of many people. Meanwhile oil/gasoline is easy to grasp. There is the filling station, there is the pump, let’s pull up to it.

I’ve often thought that if there’s ever a global catastrophe and all knowledge is lost, we’ll forget there ever was such a thing as electricity. Every bit of power that once went into our homes and our factories will go into the nebulous ether of the ideasphere . . .

What is the ether? It is the dead zone where ideas go to die. Once there was a fragrant tree that grew in the Middle East. After the last one was chopped down, memory of its wonders was soon shuffled off to one side, like a soccer ball crossing the sidelines and being declared “out.” The dodo bird is still remembered, unlike the fragrant tree, because some few important writers declared that an important metaphor for species extinction.

Our writers and our television shows have a great deal to do with what matters will be thrust in the face of the viewer/reader. They are the ones with the creative power to choose. You could argue the fall of the Christian Church in the West is partly due to it hardly ever being presented in an entertaining way that gathers the attention of others. I can hardly remember reading a novel where the characters involved went to a church as part of character-building or just plain plotline development or exposition.

The Church becomes boring. Its themes — wells, donkeys, mangers — seem foreign, making the task of bringing up its values that much harder. There was once a television show where the veggies talked and they were Christian. This was a lame attempt at resuscitating interest in a dying breed.

Electricity is far more important than going to church on Sunday. Two weeks without electricity should show us exactly the importance of it.

But how often is it mentioned? Not that often, dammit. Ditto natural gas. What is needed is a series of classes in school — multi-year — about Our Vital Reality. Included in the OVR class would be information on financial matters, info on electricity, info on how political power is gained and lost in the modern world and more. OVR would become the most interesting course there is because it has a real world impact.

The final exam would be worth 80% of the mark. How to teach OVR would be offered at the university level for prospective teachers harboring a growing interest in readying our students for the challenges, traps, and gains-locales of their future lives. Passing OVR would make one “future-ready.”

6 thoughts on “The ether (OVR)

  1. I was taken to supplementary catholic school once a week when I was little and I can attest Veggie Tales sucks! Lol Around that same age (6-12) I went to a science camp one summer and we learned how to build our own circuit using batteries, nails, alligator clamp wires to connect to a lightbulb 💡 and toilet paper roles (as battery holders. It blew my mind… “Our Vital Reality” – That sounds like a good class!

    1. Veggie Tales! I had forgotten the title of that series. Our Vital Reality indeed should be more fun than its (religious) competition. Though it puzzles me why all religions seem to have gone out of flavor in the modern age. Religion does indeed have something to offer the average person. He just needs to have it explained by a storytelling sort of religion. All the really good religions should be STORYTELLING RELIGIONS.

      1. Yes agreed! The story is everything… The MYTH. Christianity is a myth that is taken too literal. And too Rigidly. I just remembered the name of that science camp – was called,
        “Science is Not a Spectator Sport”

  2. Star Wars is a great modern Myth. George Lucas was inspired by reading Joseph Campbell’s “Hero With A Thousand Faces” while stuck in the hospital after a car accident. The Hero’s Journey is great stuff.

  3. a good argument entertainingly presented; the Christian Church is a good example ; it was once a powerful influence on my liffe; but now it’s inconsequential —

  4. You do have a small point here in regard to Christianity. There was a time when the Roman Catholic church fully understood engaging the senses and the mind for an experience of transcendence. But the reforms of the 1960s jettisoned all the traditions through which they did this.

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