By no means have I ever pretended to be a brilliant physicist or mathematical genius. For the most part, I am thrilled to just have my checkbook balance! Nonetheless, I am an amateur astronomer and an avid reader of scientific journals and books. Most recently I have been absorbed in a book that could only be described as “outer space science for dummies.” Some of the theoretical aspects have been challenging, but I have walked away with a new appreciation of the cosmos.
A good portion of this book, that has captivated my intellectual interest, deals with Einstein and his interpretation of the forces in the universe. I was surprised to learn that there is not a single “Theory of Relativity,” but rather two distinct theories. General Relativity deals with the geometries of gravitation. Special Relativity encompasses the measurement of distance based upon your frame of reference. I grasp the concepts that I have read about, but would be hard pressed to defend them at an international scientific conference!
I would now like to humbly propose a third Theory of Relativity. After electing not to name it after myself, I settled in on “The Theory of Inner Relativity.” Simply stated, the essence of this new scientific paradigm is, “the further you reach out towards others, the deeper you reach down into yourself.” I would love to dazzle you with a series of equations, exotic symbols, and letters of the Greek alphabet; but this new theory is simply not that complex!
Astronomers and physicists have come to the conclusion that the universe is ever-expanding. Setting aside those who believe in a static universe; this means that celestial objects are moving away from us. The logic is that the Big Bang caused an ever outward expansion that is still transpiring today. If we can look out at the very edge of the universe, then we will witness the beginning of the initial explosion and the very dawn of time itself! We can actually learn our origins by studying the edge of the universe!
By taking this thought one step further, I stumbled upon the Theory of Inner Relativity. Think of yourself as an object suspended in space. You are a system unto yourself, yet you are surrounded by other celestial bodies. They are all rapidly moving away from you. In order to learn who you are and where you come from; you must first understand all of those other objects around you. The key is that the deepest knowledge is hidden away in the objects that are the furthest away from you.
As you go through life, those people who are the most distant from you hold the secrets to all that is deep within you. It is tempting to stay within the safety of those who are closest to us. They know us, we know them, and we are lulled into the security that comes from not having to examine that which resides within ourselves. It is only when we extend our reach beyond the familiar that we are challenged. Touching the lives of complete strangers, baring ourselves to world; sharing our gifts with others; that is what forces us to look inward. We gain a new appreciation of who we can be and we learn what we are truly made of in the process.
Once again, the Theory of Inner Relativity is “the further you reach out towards others, the deeper you reach down into yourself.” Science has a need to progress and evolve. A theory, properly nurtured, eventually will grow into a law. A “theory” is defined as a group of hypotheses that have been verified by several sources. A “law” is simply a theory that has been universally accepted. In other words, the theory cannot be refuted.
This leads us to the hopeful expectation that the Theory of Inner Relativity will eventually evolve into the Law of Inner Relativity. We just need some six billion people on this planet to accept it as universal truth!