The Earth is Flat – When Personal Experience Becomes the Sole Authority for Reality

Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 4.11.32 PM.pngThis past weekend was the NBA All Star Game Weekend. One of the items that made the headlines had nothing to do with basketball.

Kyrie Irving is legitimately one of the most talented basketball players playing in the NBA. Kyrie was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first pick in the first round after playing a year of basketball at Duke University. And Kyrie Irving honestly believes that the earth is flat.

Kyrie Irving was quoted as saying:

This is not even a conspiracy. The earth is flat, the earth is flat.

For what I’ve known for as many years and what I’ve come to believe, what I’ve been taught, is the earth is round. But if you really think about it from a landscape of the way we travel, the way we move, and the fact that – can you really think of us rotating around the sun and all planets aligned, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these planets?

How can an intelligent young man possibly believe that the earth is flat?

When we live in a world where one’s personal experience and one’s own personal perspective is the highest authority for what is reality, this makes perfect sense.

Kyrie Irving is simply saying, I’ve never personally seen anything to tell me anything other than the “fact” the earth is flat. That’s what I see. The only earth he’s ever seen is perfectly flat.

And since personal perspective is the ultimate authority, everyone that’s telling him otherwise are liars.

While most reasonable people can see the absurdity of this when it comes to science, reasonable people do this all time when it comes spiritual realities and morality. We, somehow, fail to see how absurd it is to make ourselves the supreme authority of reality.