Saturday, November 21, 2015

November 21, 2015 - Railroaded

The old railroad bridge running from Brunswick to Topsham gets some of the best sunset action around, and there’s no one to see it.  Amazing beauty, night after night, and no one would even guess.  And now we know the answer to the old question:  If a tree falls in the woods and there’s no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?  No matter what your answer is to this question, people always say, “How do you know?  Can you prove it?  If no one was there to hear it, maybe there was no sound.”  As if the world had no existence outside of the experience of man.  Oh, the ego.

Sunset on the old railroad bridge.

Of course, the idea is that sound is just a manmade idea, a word to describe one of the senses of most people.  Because it is a sense, a feeling, an experience, it is automatically subjective.  And anything that is subjective, as opposed to objective, is ridiculed in our [pseudo]scientific society because it can't be measured or quantified.  If it isn’t “peer reviewed” and you haven’t got 30 studies to back it up, the intellectual wizards want nothing to do with it.

But I finally have the answer.  Yes, the tree does make a sound when it falls, even if there’s no one around to hear it.  And yes, the sun does set beautifully behind the rusty old railroad bridge, even if there’s no one to see it anymore.  I haven’t got even one peer-reviewed study to prove it, but I’d bet my life on it.

Imagine that:  The world continuing on day after day in its magnificent splendor without the permission of man.

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