Our world is a world of order. It may not always seem that way, what with all those pesky humans creating such chaos, but the natural world is a world of order. There are certain things that can absolutely be depended upon.
Take gravity, for example. Gravity is a natural law. It is part of the order of this world. Gravity is the force that draws us to the earth. If an object of weight is dropped from a high location, it doesn’t just float in mid-air, it falls to the earth. Every. Single. Time. You can count on it.
But what if you don’t like gravity? Or what if someone doesn’t know about gravity? Do either of those situations make a person exempt from it? Of course not. It is a natural law that affects every single person on the earth, all the time, whether they know about it, or like it, or not.
BUT. Birds can fly. For centuries, humans watched birds in flight and desired the ability to fly. Leonardo DaVinci was fascinated with flight, and created a flying machine, but it was not workable with just human power. It was 1903 before the Wright Brothers conducted the first successful test of a flying machine that was human-powered and -controlled. Does the fact that birds–and now humans–can fly mean that the law of gravity is no longer valid? Was that somehow an untrue belief?
The reality is that birds are still subject to gravity. When they are not in flight, they aren’t floating off into space, after all. But there are other–additional–natural laws at work. Birds fly in accordance with natural laws, including gravity. As scientists experimented and tried to fly, they began to learn about other natural laws that made flight–human flight–possible. They were not defying or working against gravity, they were working WITH the natural laws to achieve something that had previously seemed impossible. They discovered that with the correct understanding, the impossible was not impossible at all.
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