A human thought or idea is not a physical thing like a potato or rock. Yet ideas and thoughts do seem to have their own peculiar metrics (system of measurement).
Are ideas less real than solid rocks? The importance of probing such a topic is to help us to come to some rational conclusion concerning the ontological reality of non-physical “stuff” like spirit. Unless thoughts are simply the outcome of physical processes (epiphenomena) then how we think and feel offers experiential proof of the operation of the human spirit. There are reasons for believing that thoughts operate beyond the physical realm of space and time.
As I have stated in previous posts, if you share half of an apple pie with another person you are left with half of an apple pie. But if you share half of the information in your memory with another, you still retain all your information. Clearly, ideas are not under the constraints of physical laws yet something very real was indeed transferred from one person to another.
Thoughts and ideas have a basis in reality because their presence can produce detectable causal effects on the physical world. Human invention and novel technologies in the world are profound examples of such effects in everyday life.
Thoughts, while non-material, represent finite quantities and qualities. This allows us to evaluate, discern and form judgments of various ideas. In other words, we instinctively give weight and measurement to mental ideas (just as scientists assign weights and measures to the objects of the physical world).
Thoughts can also have relationships therefore they can represent ratios, proportions and can be combined into more complex and coherent structures (scientific theories and belief systems).
Weights and measurement of human ideas has its origin not only in a non-physical reality but from God’s heavenly kingdom. God’s heavenly kingdom consists of all things spiritually good and spiritually true. Weight in the spiritual world represents how good something is as to quality. Measurement represents the extent of its good as to quantity (the measure of its truth).
These spiritual “weights” and “measures” are self-evident to the human psyche since the more important an idea is to us, the more “weight” it carries and the “bigger” it becomes in the scheme of things.
So the ideas we give the most weight to and judge as bigger and more important to all others, determines the quality and measure of a person’s non-physical reality or spirit. Therefore, the individual disposes his or her spirit to the qualities and boundaries of the values that each chooses in life. This becomes our psycho-spiritual habitat.
The purpose of religion is to offer the human race the best choices, so that we can each enjoy eternal life in a realm consisting of heavenly goodness that is equal to the measure of our individual efforts to love the neighbor. God’s Kingdom is a kingdom of mutual love.
What weight do you give to God’s commandments? How do your thoughts measure up?