The Earth Is Not Flat

You cannot hide the sun, the moon, and the truth.

Some millions of people aver that the Earth is flat ~ there are books, Facebook pages, groups, magazines, religions, societies, Tweets, websites, and YouTube videos devoted to the idea that the Earth is not a sphere.  And, do you know what?  On a day-to-day basis, the ‘Flat Earth’ concept works perfectly well ~ going from here to my local store I don’t have to take into account the curvature of the Earth.  If I can triangulate a position I can ignore the curvature of the Earth and treat the triangle as though the world was flat.

But, and here’s the thing, tomorrow I’m flying from England to California, and if the navigation system in the aircraft is programmed to think the world is a flat plane then I’m totally screwed.  In any event, I’m pretty certain that we will be flying a great circle course over the North Pole, and that wouldn’t work if the Earth was, indeed, flat.

On a clear day in California, standing on the shore, looking out over the Pacific Ocean, one can actually see the curvature of the Earth at the horizon.  The ‘Flat Earthers’ have a lot of explanations and arguments against that simple observation ~ but then, by definition, a flat earther is out of touch with reality.

Just because a lot of people believe something does not make it true.  Just because a charismatic guru / leader / speaker / teacher says something does not make it true.  Just because your religion has a specific article of faith does not make it true.  Just because your counsellor / priest / therapist, or your ‘higher power’ says something does not make it true.  Just because your ‘group’ collectively agrees on something does not make it true.  Just because I write something here does not make it true for you.

You have to grow from the inside out.  None can teach you, none can make you spiritual.  There is no other teacher but your own soul.  ~  Vivkananda

Nothing is real except that you are a spiritual, emotional, thinking, physical being ~ and the things you believe in may not be true, but they may be very useful to you.  Only the insane do not try to make sense of the world.  We attempt to give meaning to everything we encounter, and every experience we have.  As an adult this gives us an habitual way of thinking, a rule book, and a map of our own world ~ mostly these serve us well and allow us to survive and thrive in a complex environment.

Reality is merely an illusion. albeit a very persistent one.  ~  Albert Einstein

But sometimes our internal rule book, our reality, and our map of the world is wrong, untrue, limiting, imprisoning, and dangerous.  This particularly applies if our map of the world has been unduly influenced by others ~ or if negative events in our past have twisted the way that we view the world and the people in it.  (And, that applies to 99.9999% of the people on this planet.)

You are creating your next moment based on what you are feeling and thinking.  That is what’s real.  ~  Doc Childre

Most of us have within us the capacity to transcend who we are today, to become a ‘better’ person, to achieve things that we thought were impossible for us.  Mostly we need to change our rule book, to reframe our internal map, have an open mind, be prepared to take another path, in order to change and grow.

I know that’s difficult ~ for some it’s impossible.  But, if you have taken the time to read this post, and the time to try and understand it, then you have it within you to truly walk the warrior’s path with grace, honour, and your eyes on the far horizon.

Which is curved, because, like the sun and the moon, the Earth is not flat.

The truth is out there.


jack collier



18 responses

  1. Very good article, I enjoyed the read so I am going to reblog it for you.

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  2. Glad to finally find a good post about this. Cannot believe the ignorance of people thinking the Earth is flat. I’ve always said people who really believe this must not travel. Lol.

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  3. My Faith stresses the importance of independent investigation of truth. There are Flat Earthers who claim to be in our ranks, but they don’t like being questioned. I have seen the round Earth, just from an airplane, between Cyprus and England.

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    1. I have just flown trans Atlantic today, and trust me, the Earth is not flat.

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  4. I’m so pleased to see someone write about the importance of truth. Which, sadly, is something we seem to be in rather short supply of here in the States lately.

    I enjoyed your comments about not accepting what others say as facts. It’s one of life’s greatest mysteries that millions of folks blindly accept the various versions of the Bible as fact and that it contains the actual words of God. Really? How do you know? Because a mere mortal told you? Sorry… pretty words but all of it – every single word was written by man. And so, open to interpretation, because a- how do we know who was really there to transcribe it when it (or even if what’s written there) actually happened, and b- all the translations have been completely mucked up from the original Hebrew/Aramaic.

    Yet, millions and millions accept it as absolute gospel. It’s interesting, yes, but truth?
    Who knows?

    I’m sorry you were second-guessing the trip. I know you’ll have a splendid time.

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    1. ‘A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting its boots on…’
      Seen from this side of the pond the goings-on in the USA are little short of incredible. Everybody lies, but some of your politicians seem to lie more than most.
      Thank you so very much for your insightful comment and good wishes.
      ❤ ❤ ❤

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  5. Beautiful post, Jack. Thank you.
    Safe travels!

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    1. Thank you Robynbird.
      Love to you and yours.
      ❤ ❤ ❤


  6. Reblogged this on Life of a Chocobo Sage and commented:
    Aristotle (384-322 BC) relied on observations to prove his ideas. He proposed four observational proofs that the Earth was a sphere:

    – ships disappear slowly over the horizon.
    – Earth’s shadow over the moon during a lunar eclipse was curved.
    – Different stars are visible in the north and south hemispheres.
    – Elephants can be found in India (to the east) and Morocco (to the west), he theorized that these two places were equi-distant from Greece on a reasonably sized sphere.

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    1. Thank you for reblogging my post.
      That Aristotle chap was a pretty smart guy.

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      1. Aye he wasn’t too bad, shame people seem to have less intelligence nowadays

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  7. Reblogged this on raynotbradbury and commented:
    “You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”

    So tell me, people: the Earth is flat or no? 🙂
    By the way I’ve heard it is elliptical 🙂 then I’ve heard: it is neither – round or ellipsoid, because Earth’s shape changes over time 🙂
    Oh, nothing is constant in this world.
    My soul says that the Earth doesn’t have a shape, it is something under my feet…

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    1. Thank you for reblogging my post.
      Like all things; the true shape of the Earth lies in the eye of the beholder.
      But, I’m more than certain the Earth is not flat.
      Thanks for your cool comments too.
      ❤ ❤ ❤

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  8. Beautifully written!


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    1. Thank you.
      Glad to see that you like a fountain-pen.
      ❤ ❤

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