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History has shown that what is true can conflict with human ideals
What a strange title to give an article, but more importantly, what does it mean? Lyme is the center of the Universe? What does such a statement imply? Does it literally mean that a single Lyme bacteria, regardless of how the Universe expands, will always remain the exact center point of the Universe? Of course not! The very idea would naturally spawn other questions that defy our current understanding of the Universe such as "how is the center of the Universe reassigned when the single bacteria holding such a grand title dies?", "What is the significance in being the center of the Universe and why was a specific spirochete chosen?", or "Who or what is responsible for this process in the first place?"
Or does the statement insinuate that Lyme bacteria are possible hosts to even smaller life forms, that perceive their spiral-shaped "planet" in the same manner that 16th century men perceived the Earth (i.e., the center of the Universe)? No.
As interesting as these thoughts are, the statement "Lyme is the center of the Universe" insinuates none of them. The statement itself is a hybrid between two beliefs that have occurred at separate times throughout man's history. One belief being that the Earth was in fact the center of the Universe, and the second being that chronic Lyme Disease doesn't exist. The similarity between these two beliefs is that the hard and convincing evidence exists that neither of these two beliefs should be perceived in a fictitious manner. What is different is that one has been disproved by science based upon its evidence, and widely accepted as truth amongst a large portion of the population. Can you guess which one?
Is the Earth the center of the Universe? If you lived in ancient Greece you would have likely said yes. Today though, as a civilization, we don't largely believe, or know the Earth to be the center of the Universe because of the overwhelming evidence that says it's not. Most of us just take scientists' word that the Earth is not the center of the Universe. Those of us that care enough to understand how we learned the Earth was not the center of the Universe will take the time to learn what was involved in coming to that specific conclusion. And just as the same with chronic Lyme Disease, those who care enough, or have a distinct interest or stake in the cause, will take the time and energy to perceive the evidence, and accept it as an absolute truth.
The controversy of chronic Lyme Disease is a basic example of truth distorted by humans, or in the age of evidence, ignorance becomes a personal choice. It can be compared to the old belief that the Earth was once the center of the Universe, except that we should be the embarrassed ones because we in the 21st century actually have the overwhelming evidence for the existence of chronic Lyme Disease that continues to not be collectively acknowledged. When the Earth was believed to be the center of the Universe, there was no evidence to suggest that is was not. Eventually though the evidence was found, and in time, the new knowledge was shared and collectively accepted as truth amongst the majority of people.
"Enough evidence now exists for both truths to stand tall as reality."
Imagine however if the knowledge of the Earth's true place in the Universe was never perceived as true; that rational thought was not an acceptable human quality. Well then you would have people leading delusional lives, creating more delusions from delusions, and that the greatest extent and capability of our intelligence would be chained to the walls of ignorance. You would have a perceived, distorted reality much like say the controversy of chronic Lyme Disease today. Is the Earth the center of the Universe? No. Does Chronic Lyme Disease exist? Yes. Enough evidence now exists for both truths to stand tall as reality. What lacks in great abundance in the case of chronic Lyme Disease is a specific perception of its existence.
Regardless of the details, what this event principally shows is that when new and credible evidence is presented, it must be considered as a possible means to further focus the lens through which we as a species perceive truth. The truth of Earth's place in the cosmos needed some time to linger in the minds of those who willingly chose to remain ignorant, but regardless of how long it took the opposition to accept the Earth not being the center of the Universe, it was not. It's a universal truth which means that regardless of and beyond human convictions or beliefs, this reality exists.
It seems to be that the authority figure in events throughout history cast the perceived, delusional reality. In the time of Galileo, the Roman Catholic Church was the authority figure, and its belief that the Earth was the center of the Universe was widely accepted as truth amongst the people. In our time, the government is the authority figure, and its belief that chronic Lyme Disease doesn't exist has becomes the perceived reality for the majority of the public. To be fair though, not everyone at the time was fond of the evidence brought forth that the Earth was in fact not the center of the Universe. It would take some time before the majority would accept this ego dismantling truth, but even still to this day, some people believe the Earth to be the center of the Universe.
But there the truth continue to lay. Now in plain sight, waiting to be perceived in the right manner in order to make it's self known. Untouched and undisturbed by willful ignorance. And while the Earth not being accepted as the center of the Universe by the prevailing authority figure did not truly negatively impact anyone, the denial and refusal to perceive chronic Lyme Disease, and even the additional impact of its coinfections, in the 21st century, does.
Those with chronic Lyme Disease are the Galileos of the 21st century in the regard that they pine greatly for the prevailing authority to accept a truth for which great amounts of evidence exist, and even the greater truth of the immeasurable suffrage, and entirely unnecessary torment such a truth carries.
So what is truly meant by the statement, "Lyme Disease is the center of the Universe"? Well, imagine if in the face of empirical evidence, the truth of the Earth not being the center of the Universe, was completely shot down, ignored, and never attained the traction to be perceived as truth. That despite the overwhelming proof that the Earth was in fact not the center of the Universe, people and authority still assumed it to be to this day. That despite the overwhelming evidence that Chronic Lyme Disease does in fact exist, the majority of people continue to rebuke such a claim. That the empirical evidence that logically suggests chronic Lyme Disease is a real entity, continues to be shot down and ignored. That Chronic Lyme Disease remains the center of the Universe.