PureInsight | August 21, 2001
Once, I took my child back to our hometown in the countryside. One night, my child stood in the yard and looked up, and he surprisingly said: "So many stars!" His words inspired me to think about this.
My child grew up in the city. He had never seen so many stars in the sky. Although he sometimes stays outside for a while at night, the urban sky is illuminated by all kinds of lights. Other than the moon, it's very hard to see other stars.
Because of the old forces' arrangement, modern science has appeared. It has brought people a lot of things that are convenient for their lives. The various lights are one of those convenient things. Lights illuminate the living environment around people, but meanwhile, they cover up the manifestation of the universe that people would previously have seen. What people can see are the man-made scenes that are brilliantly illuminated, and those are the only things people can see.
Master said: "Nowadays, some people think that this pair of eyes can see any matter or object in this world. Therefore, some people have developed the stubborn notion that only what one can see through the eyes is real and concrete. They do not believe what they cannot see (Lecture Two in Zhuan Falun).' The city is the center of politics, economics, and cultures. It is the place where governors are located, and the place where all kinds of theoretical ideologies develop. But in a metropolis, the only thing people can see is the moon, which was made by prehistoric human beings. They cannot see the vast universe. Science only enables people to see the reality created by it. Master said, "Precisely because in this physical dimension we have this pair of eyes, people receive a false impression and are prohibited from seeing things (Lecture Two, Zhuan Falun).' Yet, science even seals people's eyes, which can only see false impressions. It makes people unable to see the universe that people could originally see. Science makes people attach more importance to "reality."
Because people cannot see, they more and more seldomly think about whether there are broader and wider dimensions other than our dimension. Seldom do they think about the explanation of the universe that science gives. In the minds of many people, the concept of the universe turns into a certain kind of imagination. From another perspective, the human eye is also undergoing a change. Twenty years ago, few people wore glasses. Back then people would feel curious when they occasionally saw somebody wearing glasses. But, nowadays, glasses are in common use. Nearsightedness is also hereditary. The possibility of nearsightedness for children whose parents are myopic will be very high. There are fewer and fewer things that people can see today. Science is narrowing people's eyes. It makes people unable to see the universe. The sphere that people can see is smaller and smaller. Although astronomers can observe the universe far away with their instruments, like most ordinary people, they can see fewer and fewer things. In many cities, the blue sky disappears and people only see a gray one. When children who grow up in big cities are taught about what the universe is, it is only an abstract concept for them because they aren't able see the manifestation of the universe.
Under the vast starry sky, people will feel themselves to be so tiny. It can inspire people's thinking: What's the true meaning of life? Why do human beings exist? Is there anything else existing in the universe? All these questions are neglected as science tries to benefit people.