Richard Feynman has pointed out that there is no mechanism known
for gravity. It's not due to Newton's laws of motion, nor to anything else that we
understand. Likewise, there's no mechanism known for inertia or for electricity.
And Newton's laws of motion
take inertia for granted. Einstein's relativity
gravity for granted. And Maxwell's equations for electricity and
take electricity for granted. We've taken the whole thing for granted.
Why is it that these three, gravity, electricity
and inertia, fall outside the
realm of explanation by our physics?
I believe that it's because they do not arise
within the playing
field of our physics, but beyond it. I think that gravity, electricity
inertia are themselves the evidence that there is an uncaused cause outside
playing field of time and space.
But if there is an uncaused cause beyond time and space it must be
changeless, not in time, infinite and undivided, not in space. I think that inertia,
electricity and gravity are the changeless, the infinite, the undivided, showing
through in the playing field of time and space. The changeless shows through
inertia. The infinite shows through as the electrical energy of the
particles. And the undivided shows through as gravity and the
Now the interesting thing is this that the uncaused cause
shows through in
the playing field of our physics in such obvious ways
that we take it all for granted
as not needing an explanation. It's even
built into our genetic responses. We
have a built in fear of falling,
a built in fear of collisions, and a built in fear of
But if the changeless
didn't show through we wouldn't need two pedals in
our cars, one to make
them go when they don't want to go, and one to make
them stop when they
don't want to stop. And if the undivided didn't show through
wouldn't stay on the road. And, lastly, if the infinite didn't show through
could neither see, hear, taste nor smell.
That there is an uncaused cause outside the playing field of our physics
and outside the playing field of time and space is so obvious that you don't need
to read this paper. You can feel its influence with your bare hands if you shake
something or pick something up.
The question is: Do we have access to the uncaused cause? We do.
That's the purpose of monasticism and spiritual practice.
John L. Dobson, Hollywood
April 10, 2004