The world is a cloud

Recently I figured out how the world works. It is very simple: The world is a cloud.

Image: Jim Avignon

The world is a cloud and around the cloud there is nothing. The Nothing is black. But the Nothing is not just nothing, simultaneously it is everything. The Nothing is the never-ending ocean of all possibilities.

Just like a cloud consists of water molecules, the cloud, which is the world, consists of people. There must be a force that keeps the molecules together, that prevents them from striving into different directions and from getting lost in Nothing. This force exists. It is a type of glue that keeps the human race together. This glue is called communication. People talk to each other. Non-stop and about one topic only: what is the world.

But the cloud is the world. And the cloud is that which connects all humans to each other. Each human being is part of this cloud, just as long as (s)he is in touch with at least one other human being, who is also connected to the cloud. Humans who lose their contact to the cloud drift into Nothing. They lose touch with the world. They are insane, insane to the world.

Most people are surrounded by other people. The density of the cloud at a particular spot is determined by the quantity of these people. New ideas develop at the edge of the cloud. Ideas, inventions, discoveries that change the world. What happens when a person at the edge of the cloud takes one step to the outside? A tiny bit, just big enough that (s)he will not lose the connection to the cloud. (S)he will discover something that has not existed before, something that exists outside the cloud, outside of the world’s consciousness. (S)he would call out “Hey! See what I have discovered!” And if the pioneer manages to convince others, can make them follow her, then something interesting is about to occur: The cloud will change its shape. The cloud changes just one bit and what was external a moment ago is now internal.

New ideas come about constantly. Molecules fly beyond the cloud’s borders non-stop, but only few manage to engage other molecules. Most of them get lost in the Nothing, or fall back to the world after a short excursion, without permanently altering the cloud’s shape at that spot.

The world will sometimes notice that someone had been there before it. For example, Vincent van Gogh. A particularly crazy molecular specimen; a painter who didn’t sell a single painting during his lifetime. Driven mad by drugs he cut off his own ear. An insane man, no doubt about it. But the cloud did move in his direction. Coincidentally perhaps, no one can tell. The world has changed, has discovered his paintings, and suddenly Vincent van Gogh was no longer insane. He was a genius, ahead of the world.

The cloud is constantly changing. It is never the same at any two moments. But the change occurs slowly, and the world has its centers. Religions are such centers, for example, or political systems. And the cloud has many centers. These centers have the effect of an inner center of gravity, making sure that the world does not move too fast. The cloud doesn’t just grow, it also disappears in areas where it had existed before and leaves these areas to the Nothing. For example, the Egyptians’ knowledge and view of the world. We see their pyramids, and yet we cannot grasp what their world must have looked like. From our world of view we can imagine it, but we cannot comprehend it. And our imagination is affected by the current state of the world.

A friend of mine, Sophie, noticed this, too. She said, ‘It is strange, when you watch a movie from the 1950s set in the 1850s, you see the 1950s much more than the year in which it is supposed to take place. Even if in 1950 they tried their best to re-create the year 1850 as authentically as possible. A historical movie that was filmed only 20 years later would look entirely differently, but again it would reflect its date of origin. Obviously the way we view the past changes over time.

The world is a cloud that is constantly changing. One cannot fully grasp it, because as long as one is part of this world one cannot view its exterior to understand its shape. Theoretically you could examine all of the cloud’s molecules. However, this would require a lot of time. Time during which the world would change again. One would have to freeze the world to watch the molecules in peace in order to understand the world this way. But that is not possible either. The whole world is much, much too large. One could try to freeze and understand smaller sections. And this is what we are doing when we take pictures, write text, make recordings. We are trying to freeze small sections of the world in order to understand it.

Translation by Anja Tachler.