When Blind Willie Johnson sang,
Yes God, God don’t never change
He’s God, always will be God…
had Blind Willie intuited The Ether?
Like Blind Willie Johnson’s intuition about God, The Ether also “never changes” since it is at absolute rest. Isaac Newton, in a similar vein, speculated that Jesus is The Ether. (Background: Jesus Is The Ether, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of October 1, 2013.)
What do we know of this Ether (also called Æther)? The Ether is not to be confused with ether, a liquid once used in medicine to prevent patients from feeling pain during operations. The Ether, a medium which fills all space, including space already occupied (such as by planets), is also called The Luminiferous Ether. It has been called “Luminiferous” because The Ether is the medium which bears the light waves. (Further background: Our Friend, The Ether (Part 1), Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of October 5, 2013.)
The Ether is everywhere, within you and without you. “In him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17: 28. See also, Our Friend, The Ether (Part 2), Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of October 6, 2013.)
The Ether is extraordinary. “No ordinary matter is competent to transmit waves at anything like the speed of light,” noticed Sir Oliver Lodge. “Matter” only conveys waves at the utmost at the velocity of sound, much slower than the light waves travel upon The Ether. (The Ether of Space, by Sir Oliver Lodge. Currently available at no cost as a Kindle e-book.)
Besides light waves, The Ether is also associated with electricity and magnetism. Any wave-transmitting medium must possess some form of elasticity and some form of inertia. The elastic displacement of The Ether corresponds to electrostatic charge – roughly speaking, electricity. The inertia of The Ether corresponds to magnetism. (Lodge, op. cit.)
Light itself is nothing more than an electromagnetic disturbance of The Ether. “The waves of light are not anything mechanical or material, but are something electrical and magnetic – they are in fact electrical disturbances periodic in space and time, and travelling with a known and tremendous speed through the ether of space. Their very existence depends upon the ether.” (Ibid.)
“And God [The Ether?] said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Genesis 1: 3)
Ancient and medieval natural philosophers posited four basic elements: earth, air, fire, and water. We moderns tend to smile and say, “How quaint.” But think again. For “earth,” substitute “solid”; for “air” substitute “gas”; for “fire” substitute “heat”; for “water” substitute “liquid.” Their four basic elements thus become, solid, gas, heat, and liquid. The old-timers posited a fifth basic element as well: The Ether. (Background: In the Bosom of The Ether, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of October 2, 2013.) “Fire” (Heat), one of the five ancient “elements”, is also conveyed via The Ether. Heat will be conveyed through space from which all solid, liquid, and gaseous matter has been removed. The heat you can feel on your skin “is something akin to vibrations in the ether…” (Lodge, op. cit.)
And heat is not the only thing the earth feels from the sun. There is also the so-called force of gravity. The giant gravitational pull from the sun is “a force or tension more than what a million million steel rods, each seventeen feet in diameter, could stand. What mechanism transmits this gigantic force?” (Ibid.)
To paraphrase the old religious hymn…
What a friend we have in The Ether,
all our sins and griefs to bear!