When I was young, I heard a quote from Blaise Pascal that really shaped the way I think about everything. It wasn’t quoted accurately, or I didn’t hear it accurately because I wasn’t listening, I rarely listened much in school. But the concept still applies. The way I heard it in French, translates to: “We are infinitely large, and infinitely small.”
He went on to explain that what Blaise meant was that from one perspective, we are larger than our organs, our organs are larger than their cells, which are larger than their atoms, which are larger than their protons, etc. Infinitely large. From another perspective, we are smaller than our community, our city, our country, our planet, and so on. Infinitely small. Both perspectives are opposites, but they are both true.
I was fascinated by the idea that a change in perspective could actually change the truth. The way you perceive things ultimately determines how you think and feel. I think it’s important to understand that you are the “=” sign. You are the observer, and your perception of the results defines what the results “equal”.
I think I was 13 at the time. The reason this heavily affected the way I still think today is because I took this theory to the extreme. I started trying to prove to myself that complete opposite things were true. Like zero = infinity, or -1 = 1, light = darkness, joy = sorrow, etc. Eventually, I started getting good at proving opposites to myself.
Since then, I have proven things to myself things like God doesn’t exist, and God does exist, both simultaneously. I have proven to myself that death = life. I have proven that destiny is real and not real simultaneously. These are kind of like philosophy puzzles, and I actually thoroughly enjoyed the challenges.