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The Homo sapiens (that’s us) have been on planet earth for more than 300 000 years. All that time we assumed that “reality” was limited to our planet earth, our solar system, our galaxy and whatever we could see in the sky. We thought that the universe was limited to what we were conscious of. Modern science is changing all that.

The only way the scientists could explain the trajectories of distant stars was to accept the idea that 27% of the universe is made of “Dark Matter” and 68% is made of “Dark energy”. This is our dark side! Our material world represents nothing more than 5% of reality.

The media did not have big titles such as: “Give me my 95% or give me death”. Telling people that they are prisoners of a small jail is not the best way to make friends.

How can we pretend to know our place in the world when we are only conscious of 5% of reality? Could the human thinking be nothing more than a way to get started in the material world? How are we going to get out of our 5%? What could the next step be? Increased consciousness?

Judging people on their IQ may not be very smart.

Should we also look at their level of consciousness?

We could have found that we were not free without going to distant stars. We could have made some extrapolations.

First extrapolation:

You move from one level to the next by adding something important:

  • You move from matter to plants by adding the ability to grow, to take a certain shape, to make seeds and reproduce.

  • You move from plants to animals by adding the ability to move. That may require some nerves, some muscles, and a brain to use them.

  • You move from animals to humans by adding the ability to think.

We keep using the possibilities of the earlier levels and add a new one that must be important. You will notice that what we keep adding is moving from matter to the immaterial. We go from adding a shape, to changing shape, to thinking. Chances are that the next step will not have a shape, a weight, and a color. It will not be something that the scientists can take to their lab and experiment on. Could it be something like theology?

Second extrapolation:

To control one level, you need access to the level above.

  • How can you explain that the water in the ground can overcome gravity, rise in the air, and take a certain shape? You need to have access to the level of the plants to understand what can happen to matter.

  • How can you explain that fruit trees can reproduce? You need the pollination of the bees. You need access to the level of animals to understand the level of the plants.

  • The cow does not know what will append after her death. The farmer does.

To understand the level of mankind we would need access to the level above us.

From those two extrapolations, we can deduce that to get any control over human life, we would need access to the level above us and that would require something much better than human thinking. We hit a wall. This is our glass ceiling. What the scientists discovered in faraway stars is related to something deep inside us.

Our next step is to find what the level above us is made of. This is how we can break our glass ceiling.


The fish in its pound went up and down many times. It went left and right. It is convinced that it went all around the world and knows everything there is to know. Its glass ceiling is the surface of the water above him.

Everywhere we turn, we see plants, animals and humans living in their own bubble. We all have our own limits and try to push the envelope of our limited consciousness.

What we know of the world is filtered by our senses. They keep us prisoner of our 5%.


Getting out of our cage may not be as easy as we think. We could learn something from monkeys.  The time had come to move the monkeys from the cages of the zoo to a much bigger place where they are free to roam around, and the visitors must stay in their cars. To help the transition they moved both the monkeys and their cages together to the unfamiliar environment and left the doors open. The young monkeys left the cages and started to climb the trees and explore their new domain. The old monkeys went to the door and looked at the new world outside but decided to remain in the safety of their old cage. 

We may share with the monkeys a need for safety. A cage may limit our freedom, but it is also a protection. Our 5% of the material world may be to humans what a cage is to the monkeys. It is not easy to abandon the safety that we know and embrace freedom.

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