Ancient and medieval natural philosophers posited four basic elements: earth, air, fire, and water. We moderns tend to smile and say, “How quaint.” But think again. For “earth,” substitute “solid”; for “air” substitute “gas”; for “fire” substitute “heat”; for “water” substitute “liquid.” Their four basic elements thus become, solid, gas, heat, and liquid.
The old-timers posited a fifth basic element as well: The Ether, also spelled Aether. Until Albert Einstein proposed his special and general theories of relativity, The Ether was an essential part of scientific theories. (Background: Ether Abandoned, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of September 30, 2013.)
Einstein later regretted abandoning The Ether. The Ether, for its part, just sneers at the “scientists” and says it is they who are “relative.” (Background: Jesus Is The Ether, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of October 1, 2013.)
Ripple effects occurred consequent to Einstein’s theories of relativity. The money became “relative,” not grounded…
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