It all looks different to us


(Pictures from NASA APOD – I think!)

We love the blue Mars sunset. It’s a wonderful analogy to use when trying to explain the concept of different people seeing the same thing through different lenses — and so not necessarily seeing it the same way. (Would be a good example in a Cultural Competency presentation.)

It’s also amazing that we have technology capable of landing a camera on another planet to take pictures and send them back to Earth — to share over the internet.

Alene and I can still remember red sunsets. And Alene tries to remind herself of that everyday when she goes to work — that she needs to be able to get along with people who see red sunsets. She finds it tiring though — and often longs to be able to share her blue sunsets — but that has caused trouble in the past.

As I shift my perspective from my own to Alene’s and then back to mine, it’s impossible for me to not believe of the existence of the soul. If my soul can be in two bodies right now, then after I die, surely my soul can be in another body — so it’s equally impossible for me to dismiss reincarnation.

Some things we’ve experienced seem very deliberate rather than random. That doesn’t mean we believe in a fully deterministic universe in which we lack free will — but rather that the universe has a certain degree of determinism overlaid by random behavior — just like physical systems, such as the weather.

Something seems to prevent Alene and I from being able to meet. Something. Someone. 

It’s impossible not to look at the world differently.


3 thoughts on “It all looks different to us

    1. The Mars atmosphere is much less dense and so doesn’t preferentially scatter the blue wavelengths of light as effectively as Earth’s atmosphere does — except at sunset, when the sun’s rays travel through a greater thickness so enough blue light does get scattered to visibly color the sky. At sunset on Earth, the blue light all gets scattered before it gets to the surface, leaving behind orange and red. During the day, the Mars sky has a reddish tinge, but this is because of red dust particles in suspension.

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