Tale of Antiquity

Tale of Antiquity

The story so far

Ever look up at the night sky in the countryside and wonder if there was life beyond our solar system?

Once upon a time, there lived a great omnipotent king named Toku. This all-powerful and benevolent king was immortal and had ruled his kingdom since the beginning of creation. His divine kingdom was called Twelfth Heaven. Located just outside our solar system, it was populated by a race of strange and enigmatic beings made of Light.

My name is Sam Urai, the last king of Gandawandaland. I was born about 3520 years before Christ and lived for over 700 years. Are you surprised? Ha! In those days, mankind’s life span topped 900 years on average. You cannot conceive of the world of my time as it has been lost to history. Furthermore, in antiquity, gods from the heavens lived among men on this Earth. 

These gods taught mankind to utilize our free will to reason and they bestowed technology upon us. All benefits and luxuries you enjoy today, without exception, are derived from their knowledge. Everything from agricultural techniques to architecture and civil engineering, from art and music to math and sciences. All of which were holistically contained in a single philosophy or worldview. Practitioners of this religion were committed to developing character and dignity. In turn, they acquired a permanent divine grace and longevity. 

It all started long ago when these strange Light beings faced extinction in their world due to excessive consumption of natural resources. All the warnings to cease their actions had gone unheeded. Until finally, the entire planet’s ecosystems crumbled resulting in massive catastrophic disasters. A massive loss of life ensued as the devastation triggered more and more seemingly unrelated calamities. A dark cloud had descended over the near-perfect, god-like beings. 

In the desperate scramble to save their world, it was discovered that the chemical element of gold had the ideal makeup to patch up massive caverns that had formed over the millennia of unchecked depletion of the minerals, gases, and other resources deep in the interior of the planetary mass. These gigantic empty spaces threatened the structural stability of that entire globe. As it turned out, gold was rare on that planet, and so after a quick scout around our solar system, the gods discovered a humble blue planet and descended upon it to mine for the gold. 

First came the one called Nobu. This being was a feline-faced, slender figure, who stood at a towering height of 12 feet tall. Nobu was Toku’s first born child and the brains of the Earth task-force expedition. She was deep into the STEM subjects and was an avid inventor of all manner of wacky yet useful gadgetry. She had a reputation for being a troublemaker in the alien society but always got away with it because her eccentricity was the source of her genius, which was highly valued and praised by all. 

This imposing figure belongs to the one called Eiya. Eiya was Nobu’s sibling and was tasked by their father to assume the role of Commander-in-chief of the kingdom’s Earth expedition. This gentle giant stood at 16 feet tall, had the head of a bull, a heart of gold, and an indestructible body. Just as wise as he was mighty, Eiya was slow to anger and praised stability above all else. This tendency caused him to be somewhat stubborn and resistant to change. Eiya was Toku’s favorite child because he was dependable and steadfast, unlike his sister whose every whim had her changing course at any moment. He had a track record of hoarding all manner of beautiful and luxurious things, however, that many disapproved of. Though he ruled justly as Commander of the Earth expedition, he was rigid and unimaginative later when situations arose that demanded adjustment and when his people needed to improvise. 

This is the restored capital of the kingdom on the Twelfth Heaven. 

You may be wondering what all of this has to do with our troubles, both the isolation felt during this pandemic and the larger environmental crisis. I mentioned earlier how this is about restoring perspective to our bewildered spirits. You see the Light beings are intimately intertwined with humanity and are linked to some of the most important and spectacular events that have occurred on this planet. From the very genesis of mankind to the Great flood that was to have erased our kind off the face of the Earth! All prophets and all saviors have known this truth. 

These benevolent otherworldly beings fashioned us from clay and breathed life into our nostrils. The reason for this act of divine creation, however, was not altruistic. They intended to use us as laborers to mine gold because their numbers had dwindled after the near destruction of their planet. Toku could not send any more of his subjects for the important work being carried out on Earth. When they first arrived on this planet about 13000 years ago, only the natural things like the primordial elements existed along with the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms. Judging the already existing creatures to be lacking reasoning faculties and unsuited for the kind of tasks they needed doing. The beings sought the permission of their supreme king to allow Nobu to devise a new life form more capable of aiding them in their efforts. 

Wouldn’t you like to know?

Wouldn’t you like to know?

Getting to know Tav’s teachers 

Have you ever wondered where your teacher’s desktop picture was taken, or what food they are eating during the 15-minute break?

Read this article to learn more about our teachers and what their lives are like off screen.

Teacher: Samara Kornitzer

What is your favorite hobby? Reading, and hiking.

Where is your favorite spot in Montreal? My favorite spot in Montreal is the bird sanctuary in Westmount.

Where is the first place you traveled to? The first place I’ve visited was Italy.

Teacher: Daniel Glassman

What are your hobbies? Writing, Reading, Cooking

Do you have a favorite book? There are too many to list! That’s like asking which of my best friends is my favorite friend!

Which restaurant is your most preferred? Deli 365

Where was your favorite trip? Spain

What is your favorite place in Montreal to visit? Mile End, Griffin Town

Do you have a favorite Food? Shawarma, Smoked Meat, Smoked Salmon

Your second life might start if you “Follow Your Heart”!

Your second life might start if you “Follow Your Heart”!

A review of Andrew Matthews’s book

Looking back at 2020, we can all say that we went through lots of worries and difficulties. We were afraid of what the future might bring us. Fortunately, I read this book in those months. While reading, I realized that even in the most stressful days of my life, I must try to advance my thoughts and feelings.

If you feel the same, maybe you want to give it a chance and read it. This article is here to introduce a book that is perfect to enlighten your life.

Who is Andrew Matthews?

Andrew Matthews is an Australian author and speaker. According to his site, he has published his books in 47 languages and addressed over 1000 international corporations in happiness, well-being, and prosperity. He also appeared on over 5000 radio and TV programs.

He gives you a better understanding of your life and your relationships. He also shows you some new ideas of thinking, those you can use to be happier and healthier. 

“Follow Your Heart” has ten chapters, and it talks about over three original concepts of well-being in each chapter. One of the biggest strengths of this book is that it is easy to digest. 

Dedicate Time to Your Soul

Give fifteen minutes per day to Andrew Matthews and start an incredible journey with him. Listen to his practical advice with all of your heart. I assure you he will inspire you, and you will change at least some of your beliefs or thoughts after finishing this book.

What does the book talk about?

“Follow Your Heart” will show you a new horizon and engage you in lots of thinking. There are dozens of ingenious messages and useful advice waiting for you to consider and use.

It also talks about that you are enough, even with all of your flaws. The only thing you need to do is to embrace the changes and be happy with the existence of your challenges. Working on your weaknesses can strengthen you.

We are continuously being presented with small challenges which we must learn to overcome. “Unless we learn the lessons, we get to take them again… again… and again.” (Matthews, 1997. p16).  Accepting the full responsibility for our obstacles will make this growth process smoother and more pleasant. Our problems are our treasures, which can bring us spiritual growth. 

Matthews covers some significant concepts like the subconscious, the miracle of gratitude and peace of mind, passion, the secret of power, luck, family and forgiveness, and love and fear are other concepts that Andrew brought you with his interesting methods of writing.

Individual’s stories

The author suggests that even though we all have a story, we are not defined by them. We do not belong to a particular category. We can change the narrative of our lives if we are feeling unhappy with the direction we are going in.

He believes we can deal with our problems reasonably. If we are not happy with what we do, there are always jobs out there that belong to us. We can earn money and love what we do at the same time. Matthews teaches us to be comfortable with money, and to enjoy what we have in life. Thus, there is a chapter that helps us understand more about the benefit of the detachment of money, lovers, etc.

The school of life

Hard work is necessary to our growth. There is almost no way out of it. It is important to learn how to navigate the ups and downs of our lives. Life can be compared to school, which means that as long as you are breathing, the class is in session. 

Sources:

Matthews, A. (1997). Follow Your Heart. Seashell publishers. Lessons. Pp.16.



Is time nothing but a human-made illusion?

Is time nothing but a human-made illusion?

Our perception of time may be completely flawed.

Have you ever sensed that time felt weird in 2020 or that it speeds up as we get older?

We, human beings, are actually considered to have a naive perception of the flow of time. The way we think about time and its one-way direction flow, in fact, doesn’t correspond to physical reality. We believe that time is irreversible and the past can never be experienced again. We can feel its flow when the season changes, when the sun sets, and thereafter rises again, when we get older and when we are reminded of our memories. The past is a part of history. The present is the moment we live in. The future is the present that is yet to come, and will soon become a part of the past. However, the question that should be asked is whether these assumptions are actual realities of the physical world or created by the human mind. In fact, several studies show that our perception of time is unstable and prone to illusions.

Time Perception

Sometimes, we feel like years pass in a blink of an eye, or some memories from ten years ago seem very real to us that it makes it hard to believe that such a long period of time has actually passed. Other times, a minute can last forever while we are waiting for a light to turn green. In fact, Humans are likely to rely on their memory rather than their knowledge to recall the events occurring within their lifetime. However, one must consider that the memory distorts the perception of time, and affects the sense of when an event has actually taken place. 

 There is a theory, known as the “proportional theory”, which suggests that our perception of time is proportional to the length of our lifespan. This hypothesis states that as we age, our sense of present starts to feel relatively short in comparison to our entire lifespan. 

It is also determined that how long a duration feels depends on how many events in it can be recalled. Therefore, when only a few special events happen in our personal life during a year, that year will relatively seem shorter to us compared to a year full of important events.

The Idea of Timeless Reality

According to the operational meaning, time is simply what a clock displays. Nevertheless, the scientific definition of time completely differs from what we have in mind. Physicist Victor J. Stenger, in the book “Timeless reality”, declares that, based on established principles of simplicity and symmetry, reality is literally timeless at its deepest level. Furthermore, he explains that time is actually reversible. In opposition to our basic sense of time, the fundamental reality of the phenomena occurring around us might be with no beginning, no end and no arrow of time. 

In fact, the one-direction flow of time is not found in any of the laws of physics . All the basic physical phenomena are entirely or mostly time-symmetric and can occur in either direction of time. Therefore, if you watch a video of a physical process, you would not be able to tell if it is being played forwards or backwards, as both would be equally feasible. Specifically, when it comes to quantum phenomena and events on an atomic and subatomic level, no trace of time direction can be found.

Neuroscientist Abhijit Naskar, in his book “Love, God & Neurons”, argues that time is basically an illusion created by the mind to aid in our sense of temporal presence in the space. Furthermore, he mentions that there is no actual existence of the past and the future and all that there is, is the present. All we sense is the virtual perception of the past and the future which is created by our neurons, based on all our experiences.

Einstein’s Theory of relativity

Albert Einstein also showed that time is an illusion. According to his theory of relativity, not only there is no significance to the present moment but also all the other moments of life are equally real. Moreover, he suggests that simultaneity is relative. This argues that spatially separated events occurring at the same time is not an absolute fact. Distant simultaneity, in fact, depends on the observer’s reference frame. 

Gravity and speed are two key factors of the observer’s reference frame in the concept of Relativity of simultaneity. As claimed by Einstein, the faster one moves through space, the slower they move through time. Also, the closer one is to a gravitational field of an object, such as the earth, the slower the time goes for them. For instance, time goes faster at the top of mount Everest due to lower gravity and higher rotational velocity compared to the sea level. If you were standing on the top of Mount Everest, it may feel as though the new year begins a few minutes earlier for you compared to people standing at the sea level.

Conclusion

All in all, although many things may seem real to us, they may be only the constructs of the human imagination and don’t correspond to the actual truth. Reality might completely differ from how we see and feel it. We might have been given wrong information all along our lives. So it’s good to doubt our knowledge once a while and ask yourselves questions. Why do we believe certain things? How do we feel a certain way about something? What is the science and logic behind the phenomena we are surrounded by? Even though definite answers might not be found for some questions, at least we will be one step closer to reality.

 

Sources

Matthews, William J., Meck, Warren H, “Time perception: the bad news and the good”, (2014) (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4142010/)

Eagleman, David M., “Human time perception and its illusions”, (2010) (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2866156/)

Stenger, Victor J., “Timeless Reality : Symmetry, Simplicity, and Multiple Universes”, (2000) 

Irish, Muireann, O’Callaghan,Claire ,“How did it get so late so soon? Why time flies as we get older”, (2015) (https://theconversation.com/how-did-it-get-so-late-so-soon-why-time-flies-as-we-get-older-44296)

Howell, Elizabeth, “Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity”, (2017) (https://www.space.com/36273-theory-special-relativity.html)

Redd, Nola T., “Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity”, (2017) (https://www.space.com/17661-theory-general-relativity.html)

Callender, Craig, “Is Time an ILLUSION?”, (2010) (https://www.jstor.org/stable/26002066?seq=1)

Davies, Paul, “That Mysterious Flow”, (2006) (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/that-mysterious-flow-2006-02/)