All humans fall under two kinds of measurement. One is our physical stature and the other is the size of our hearts and minds. The second measurement involves the extent or boundary of our inner spirit.
Each kind of measurement relies on a different metric. One is measurable by the scientific method, the other by a kind of inner perception and evaluation that transcends the world of physical energy and matter, or even spacetime.
Even though science does not include this second type of measurement in its model of reality, all humans instinctively use it to get a more accurate measurement of a person’s true quality.
If someone acts selfishly, we sense that person to be “small.” If a person is selfless in their actions toward us we often say this person is greater than others and has a “big heart.” Obviously, a “big heart” cannot be adequately explored by a terrestrial cardiologist. Yet, its existence is as real as anything we can experience.
When we say that a person has “big shoes” to fill we are not talking about Shaquille O’Neil’s sneaker size.
This discrepancy between physical and non-physical measurement needs to be given more attention. And, serious questions need to be asked and contemplated.
How is it that the most relevant and important measurement of a person’s true stature is not physical? And, how is it that we can detect non-physical sizes, nevertheless?
I believe such profound sensitivity to others is evidence of another, deeper world— a spiritual world.
What do you think?