Do you know what heat is?

Heat is energy. It travels in waves like other forms of energy. It transforms matter it touches–either by causing atoms to vibrate (heating it up) or by causing a chemical reaction that causes burning.

Heat, simply perceived, is the vibration of atoms. Absolute zero (0 degrees Kelvin) is the theoretical point where there are no vibrations in atoms.

There is no such thing as “cold”; there is only the absence of heat.

Isn’t that weird?

When someone says, “Wow, it’s cold outside,” it’s actually a misconception. It’s implying that the cold itself exists, but, in reality, there is no cold. It has no power. It can’t advance, or take something over. Heat simply is or is not.

It is the same with sound. There is either sound or no sound. Silence is just a name given to an absence of sound. Silence itself does not exist.

And light, the same. There is no darkness. There is only light and no light.

Our history is full of tales of darkness versus good–implying that both sides can hold sway over each other. It suggests that there’s some equality between them.

But, in reality, darkness can only be where light is not at that moment. It has no power of its own.

This has wide-sweeping implications. Think about it.

There is only substance or the lack of substance. And the lack of substance has no substance to affect substance. This is why it is written in the Christian texts, “Resist the Accuser and he will flee from you.”

Even we, in our supposed frailty, have substance, enough to occupy and command the space where we exist, like heat transforming matter, or light illuminating a space.

And that is why, when the proper perspective is achieved, fear is irrelevant.


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About salemonz

Born in San Diego, Calif. Raised as a Navy Brat, I jumped ship and crossed over to the Army. Served as an enlisted journalist for a bunch of years, then helped the DoD figure out what the hell to do with social media. After the Army, now I drift down the river of life, trying not to be a jerk.

6 responses to “Substance”

  1. Kenny says :

    Will dating blind women make me more attractive, or deaf women make me quieter, or paralyzed women make me warmer, or lesbians make me sexier?
    My Answers. No, Yes, Depends, oooo… lesbians.

  2. Felyne says :

    *looks at the date of the blog post*
    *looks at the calendar*
    *looks at the date of the blog post*
    *looks at the calendar*

    I don’t care where Waldo is, but where’s Josh Salmons???

  3. wilsonian says :

    You okay out there?
    Should we send out a rescue party…

  4. dannafofanna says :

    I’m so glad MCCS Fitz told me to read your blog many months ago. And I’m glad you taught me! 😉

  5. Salmons says :

    I’m glad you made it here too 😉 I’ve been in and out, as of late. You be good!

  6. sarah says :

    wow, there is an absence of heat outside today…

    see you learn something new everyday. good post josh

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