The Story of Bob

Dear Humans:

There is a microbe on your left foot that I’ve named Bob.

Bob is smaller than your current state of perception will allow you to see, but Bob is actually there.


Ponder, for a moment – what must Bob think of you? Can Bob imagine you, in your entirety? Can Bob know your hopes and passions and reasons for doing anything you do?

How much of the YOUniverse can Bob grok?

You don’t really know anything about Bob either, but you’ve been told that Bob is bad, so you do your duty and do your best to remove the likes of Bob, at regular intervals.

You trust the experts.

Think for a moment of all the showers you take and all of the cleansing products you use – they are designed specifically to remove Bob from the YOUniverse. Think of all the resources you use to deal with the likes of Bob.

What about what Bob wants and needs?

Now, look up. Look up at the sky and think about what you see. Is the sun out? Or are the stars? Maybe clouds are obscuring the view?

Remember for a moment, that you and Bob are living on a tiny rock that is sloshing through space at thousands of miles per hour around a big ball of fire – which is hurdling through space around much bigger rocks and bigger balls of fire than you can see from there.

The sun is always “out” and the stars are always “out” – just sometimes your experience of them is blocked – by clouds, or the position of the rock you’re standing on, or even by other rocks.

Now think about the people that dictate the rules of how to move around on the rock you’re standing on. Did the people making the rules ask you or Bob for your input? Could they hear you? Can you see the imaginary lines they’ve drawn upon the rock? Can you see the labels they’ve stuck on you, or on Bob?

Do you think you understand the scope of the broader known Universe any better than Bob understands the scope of you?

How can any one individual know what’s going on from all the other perspectives? Would Bob’s cousin Ida, living between your toes, have a different outlook on things? Or how about Roger that lives inside that micro-fissure on the bottom of your foot? Or Jane that lives inside of your stomach?

Could we blame Jane for not understanding Roger’s experience? or Ida’s?

Should we?

Should be blame people that have the viewpoints they do? What if their experience of the bigger picture is being obscured and pulled by forces we can’t see?

What if their limited, narrow, view of reality is such that their reasoning resonates as universal truth – because their experience of the universe is that limited.

Should we blame them? Or forgive them because they know not what they do to the bigger picture?

If we showed them the part of the zoomed-out bigger picture they were missing, could they see it too? Or have so much cognitive dissonance that they’d spook, and snap back to hyper zoomed-in?

Would they go and break off the zoom options to keep themselves “safe”? What does that mean for you? What does it mean for Bob?