This brings to mind (my interpretation) of something EnterZen said a few days ago: the notion of an endless stack of "layers" of organization/context. Like nested Russian dolls, or as I like to think of it: an infinitely extensible (in both directions, up and down) fractal.
So, at the level of the person, there is a certain kind of "reality": physical body, senses, mind, behaviors, etc.
Going down, at the level of the cell, there is a different kind of reality: body, senses, mind, behaviors, etc.
Going further down, at the level of the molecule, there is a (dramatically) different kind of reality: physical body, behaviors, etc.
Going up, at the level of the society (multitude of persons), there is a different kind of reality: physical body, group senses, mind, behaviors, etc.
Going further up, at the level of the planet (Gaia), there is yet a different kind of reality: body, senses, mind, feelings, etc.
Infinitely moving upward,
infinitely moving downward.
This is really nice! And all those realities are simultaneously true, even though sometimes they seem to contradict. Have you ever seen the film "Powers of Ten"
? Starting with a picnic in a park, the camera moves out, each time by a power of 10 (first 10 meters, then 100, then 1000, etc.) After getting all the way out to black space, the camera moves inwards from the picnic and eventually the scenery is identical to the first series--the almost-infinitely magnified-out is identical to the almost-infinitely magnified-in. It's such a good reminder because we can become so certain of our reality, when it's a view distorted by our physical perspective.
A new study
suggests that our microbiome (those bacteria living in our guts) might be why we get certain food cravings--it's not me that wants the chocolate, its my microbiome!
But in the journal Bioessays, a team of scientists has raised a creepier possibility. Perhaps our menagerie of germs is also influencing our behavior in order to advance its own evolutionary success — giving us cravings for certain foods, for example. Maybe the microbiome is our puppet master...Perhaps the certain kinds of bacteria that thrive on chocolate are coaxing us to feed them.
And all those realities are connected....