We can laugh at this, but a more crazy thing has happened now. With the discovery of the electron, everything has become muddled in physics – because one electron thrown at a screen, shot at a screen, with two holes will pass through both the holes simultaneously. One electron shot at a screen with two holes will pass through both the holes simultaneously. One electron should pass through one hole. If you are thrown out of the window you cannot pass through two windows simultaneously, but an electron does.
When for the first time this was observed, the electron seemed absolutely impractical. And the whole thing seems weird. How can one electron pass through two holes simultaneously? But it does, and electrons are not philosophers. So what to do and how to interpret this phenomenon?
Science had to develop a new concept. Now they say the electron is both a particle and a wave. So when you throw it at a screen, it passes through two holes simultaneously – because a wave can pass through two holes simultaneously, not a particle. A wave can pass through two holes simultaneously, but a particle cannot. When you look at it, it is a particle, but it behaves as a wave.
Now old mathematics, old geometry, the old Euclid, will not be ready to concede this, because a wave is not a particle and a particle is not a wave. A point is not a line and a line is not a point. So they had to throw out the whole Euclidian geometry and now they say, “We cannot force mathematics on reality. We will have to change our mathematics; there is no other way. If reality behaves nonmathematically, we cannot say to reality, ‘Behave mathematically, behave logically.’”
Physics has discovered a very weird world where all our laws are blurred. It is both. If you observe it, it appears as a particle, as a point. If you observe its behavior, it appears as a wave, as a line.
The same has happened with the ultimate truth. If you look at it through love’s eyes, it behaves like a wave. If you look at it through a knower’s eyes, it appears to be a particle. Through a knower’s eyes it appears to be one, and through a lover’s eyes it appears to be two. It depends on the onlooker: it is both and it is neither.
Because of this, if one goes on emphasizing one’s own standpoint too much, then that standpoint will look contradictory to the other. If someone says, “The electron is a particle, I have observed it myself,” he is right, nothing is wrong, but then he will exclude the other. Then the other becomes wrong by itself. If he says, “Because I am right, then you are wrong. Because I have observed the electron to be a particle, it cannot be a wave,” then you are rejected outright. Then there is contradiction.
And the same can be done by the other who has observed it behaving as a wave, who has seen it with his own eyes passing through two holes simultaneously. He will say, “It is not a particle at all, because a particle cannot behave like a wave.” Then they go on insisting. Then they create sects, exclusive sects.