Why Z-flat Major? What does that even mean? Anyone who has the slightest familiarity with music theory knows the musical alphabet only goes as far as the letter G, and then returns to A. There's no such thing as a pitch or a key designated by H, or I, or any other letter beyond G. There are such things as quarter tones that fall between the notes of the chromatic scale, which are prominent in certain cultural music, such as in the Middle East. But Z-flat? That's not something we recognize as existing. Which is exactly the reason I chose that name for this blog.
Many years ago, I watched the movie The Matrix. In the film, most of humanity is controlled by artificial intelligence, and live within the parameters of an illusory computer simulation known as the Matrix. Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who leads a group of rebels, offers Neo (Keanu Reeves) the choice between the red pill and the blue pill. The red pill will make him see a whole new perspective - reality for what it is. The blue pill, on the other hand, will simply put him back to "sleep," and he will return to the illusionary life that he thinks is real.
The older I get, the more I grow to see that so many things in life are not necessarily what we thought they were, or what we were taught. Yet, so often, we go through our lives, just assuming that we know so much. We live within the framework of what we learned in school, at church, or at home, or what we hear or read about in the news. We never stop to consider the possibility that we're blind in many ways.
What if all of our beliefs about the world around us are the result of brainwashing and programming? What if there's so much more to our existence than we ever imagined? What if we could see those new shades of life, our very selves, and everything and everyone around us, in all their beauty? What if we understood love and joy on a far deeper level? What if we were able to see and comprehend the tapestry of everything that happens in our lives (the "good" and the "bad"), how it all fits together, and how it relates to the purpose of our existence? What if death was no longer something to fear, not because of something we were taught or told to believe, but because of a peace we grew to understand with absolute certainty? What if we could hear the sounds of Z-flat major?
That's the direction we're heading in here. A little bit of everything. You see, I'm searching. I believe many of us are. I invite you to join me in this endeavor and take this journey together. While I may introduce topics as I feel compelled to discuss them, I want to hear your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I want your input to also guide what roads we travel down. Trust me, I don't claim to have all the answers by any means. We'll all be learning each day for the rest of our earthly lives. So, with that said, fasten your seat belt, and together let's enter the rabbit hole...