The Hypothetical World

9 October 2018 Tuesday 7:12am

“What a strange world. With each passing day, it’s getting harder to know how much is just hypothetical and how much is real. Tell me, Tengo, as a novelist, what is your definition of reality?”

“When you prick a person with a needle, red blood comes out—that’s the real world,” Tengo replied.

– 1Q84, A Novel by Haruki Murakami

What’s this about exactly, God?

There are those who are living in fear because they believe the hypothetical is the real world.

What is the hypothetical?

The truth, of course. The truth about life is that all of you are God personified. In the real world, do you go around shouting at the top of your voice, “I am God! I am God!”?

No. People will think I’m crazy.

You are living your life as per normal because you know exactly which is the real world and which is hypothetical. Anything to do with the soul is hypothetical. By the way, do you know the exact meaning of “hypothetical” as in the word “hypothesis”?

Let me look it up. Okay, “hypothesis” means “a proposition, or set of propositions, set forth as an explanation for the occurrence of some specified group of phenomena, either asserted merely as a provisional conjecture to guide investigation (working hypothesis) or accepted as highly probable in the light of established facts.” And it also means “a mere assumption or guess”.

Let’s take the second one. Everything that is related to the spiritual is hypothetical. The spiritual is mere assumptions and guesswork.

By saying that, aren’t we nullifying what we are about here? Because here, we are about the spiritual and we are about the soul. And anything to do with the spiritual and anything about the soul is about God. If we are saying that anything about God is mere assumptions and guessing—as in hypothetical, isn’t that making a mockery of God?

Meaning of “mockery” please.

Um…okay. There are a couple of meanings. One is “ridicule, contempt, or derision”.

That’s the one. Now, replace the word “mockery” in that statement you just said with its meaning.

Okay. If we are saying that anything about God is mere assumptions and guessing—as in hypothetical, isn’t that making a “ridicule, contempt or derision” of God?

So are we doing that here? Are we mocking God with these words?

No. Most definitely not. I love you, God.

I know, child. I love you too. But love comes in many forms and interpretations. When a husband physically abuses his wife, sometimes the wife believes that that is love. When a parent punishes his or her child, the parent as well as the child believe the punishment is love. Love is anything you wish it to be. God is love. Is the explanation for love hypothetical? Can you explain exactly what love is?

To some, love is feeding the poor. Isn’t that love in the real world?

No, child. Feeding the poor is showing what love is. Isn’t being kind to animals love as well? Isn’t providing for your family love as well? Isn’t caring for your ageing parents love as well? When doctors and nurses care for their patients, isn’t that love as well? When a leader of a nation works hard to make sure the citizens are not lacking of anything that will make their lives easier and stress-free, isn’t that love as well? When a mother or father leaves family and country to work somewhere far, far away so he or she can give them a better life, isn’t that love? When a—

Okay, I get it. We do all of these things in order to be love just as God is love. We don’t walk around everywhere, shouting at the top our voice, I am love! I am love! Instead we live love in our day-to-day. So these things we do to be love are not the hypothetical explanation of God. These things we do to be love happen in the real world where we physically move our bodies and talk with our lips with actions and words of love.

Yes. So now can you explain what is God exactly?

Huh?

Can you explain exactly what God is without having to use those examples of actions of love in the real world?

Um..Yes, I can. God is everything. Yes! God is everything!

What is everything?

Argh! Everything is everything that exists in this world!

So now, do you understand?

No, I don’t understand! We are trying to figure out why the truth is hypothetical. And we are trying to figure out what’s the difference with what is hypothetical as compared to the real world. I still don’t understand!

Okay. Let me put it this way – what is air?

Oh no.

Don’t think. What’s the first thing that pops into your head. What is air?

It’s the thing we breathe.

Can you see air?

No.

Can you touch it?

I can’t touch it. I can feel it. Especially when it turns into wind.

Can you control it?

Not really, no. But I can contain it—like in a balloon.

The balloon is your physical body. Air is God. The truth is like air—it’s in you, it’s everywhere, you can’t see it but you can feel it. Air is hypothetical just as the truth is hypothetical. Your physical is the real world. Air is everywhere in the real world. Just as God is in the real world. In fact, God is the real world as well as the hypothetical world. What is the hypothetical world, my dear?

It’s the spiritual world. God is everywhere so the spiritual world is everywhere. And since the spiritual world is hypothetical, then the hypothetical is everywhere too. We are in a hypothetical world as well as a real world. Yay! I understand.

Understanding only happens when you believe.

I definitely believe. Otherwise I won’t be doing this.

Doing what, my dear?

Argh. Let’s end this, please?

Never.