Just to give You a very short example of how powerful Our beliefs really are, mathematics can reveal a lie most of Us learn to accept almost immediately.
A mathematics fanatic will tell You they love math because it is the perfect science; there is no room for error, an equation is either right or wrong. I told You I have questioned virtually everything, mathematics was no exception. I remember sitting in math class as the teacher was introducing negative and positive numbers and a student asked why We had to learn them. The teacher told the student that if they ever wanted to be an accountant they would need to understand positive and negative values. I raised My hand.
“Doesn’t that just prove that money isn’t real?”
The teacher only looked at Me as if I were nuts and said, “Of course money is real, what are you talking about?”
A few of the other students laughed and I then I replied, “Well, I know it is real, but it isn’t natural. I mean, there is no way that negative values can exist in the natural world. If I have ten apples, You can’t take away twelve. You can’t ever have less than nothing. Doesn’t that prove that money isn’t natural?”
Now the students were speechless and so was the teacher. He stammered, “They are necessary for scientific formulas too. You will need this information later.”
Negative numbers may be used for complex scientific formulas, I really don’t know, I’ve never needed them. But I do know they do not exist in nature. A negative value, even in a scientific equation is only representing an opposite, not a negative. We call magnetic poles positive and negative but the force of the negative pole has just as much pull as the positive pole, We simply need another name for it. Sea level is also commonly reflected by negative values but there is no such thing as a negative number of feet; negative feet implies a positive measure in the opposite direction. But it makes a very clear point. Negative numbers were never used by any of the ancient civilizations that somehow managed to know exactly how many light years stars were from Our planet, something only recent technology has allowed Us to do. The teacher also jumped to accounting immediately, indicating that negative numbers in Our society are primarily used to measure debt, something that does not exist in nature – period. And this is the foundation of Our society; it’s not natural.