143 – How Different We Will Be …

Uncanny to realize how most of humankind cannot perceive our intimate connection with our Universe  … our connection to that creative, evolving, living organism that gives us life with a subtle yet forceful mandate: Self-create, self-organize, Become, Bond, Adapt, Regenerate, Self-perpetuate, Self-transform … when the connection is in plain sight for all of us to see.

You and I, as the Universe, were engendered with the capacity to generate our own components, to organize them into complex systems, and then to synchronize them to work together to achieve Adaptation, Self-determination and Self-transformation towards complexity.

Perhaps this intimate connection with our Universe is difficult for us to perceive, because it is hard to conceive something as inconceivable as to be like an entire Universe. But how else to account for the fact that we exist, only, because each one of us is imprinted from the moment we are engendered … in the same way we imprint each cell we engender in our bodies … with exactly the same universal mandate: Self-create, Self-organize, Become, Bond, Adapt, Regenerate, Self-perpetuate, Self-transform.

Whether the Natural Sciences and Organized Religions disagree with this undeniable aspect of our Reality, is of no consequence to me. Both have disagreed many, many times in our history … oftentimes with extreme cruelty and force … to ideas that open our minds to greater Knowledge, just because they dare to challenge their dogmatic status quo.

I grew up in a world of challenges and contradictions, like most of us do, with fundamentally the same brain, the same organic senses, the same urge to survive amid changing environments, the same instinctive drive to follow … as everybody else … the same universal mandate: Self-create, Self-organize, Become, Bond, Adapt, Regenerate, Self-perpetuate, Self-transform. But I grew up rebelling against any ‘authority’ limiting my mind from exploring beyond what we have already learned, what our limited organic senses allow us to perceive. And observing Nature, and learning from those with open, inquiring minds, I came to perceive our intimate connection with our Universe. It is thus I believe that if I had the capacity to do so, anybody can.

And so it gives me hope to imagine how different humankind will be when all of us can see that, as each one of us is, our Universe also is full of contradictions … rational and irrational, nurturing and cruel, creative and destructive, chaotic and ordered, full of horror and extreme beauty … and that as our Universe urges us to re-generate, and adapt, and survive, and self-transform, It also urges itself to do the same … exactly the same. It is through the perception of this affinity, that an understanding of our intimate connection with the Being that gives us Life, is attained.

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142 – Destructive/Creative Nature …

Destruction in Nature, although in some cases cyclical and in others pre-determined by evolutionary forces … collisions, tornadoes, epidemics, consumption … is chaotic and volatile in its passage towards some form of Creation.

Creation, on the other hand, is supple yet progressive in its ascending patterns. This is evident in the steady self-generation and self-organization of Nature’s evolutionary process towards higher and higher levels of complexity and order.

Destruction and Creation are the balancing forces of Nature’s evolutionary process. Creation cannot exist without some form of Destruction, nor Destruction without some form of Creation.

Everything in Nature … every physical system, every atom, every cell, every human being, every solar system … self-balances through a continuous process of Destruction and Creation of energy sources (consumption, conversion, dissipation). This ongoing process makes the system completely dependent on availability of resources; a dependency that induces creativity as the system strives to adapt and survive in changing environments.

Whatever we call our species … Humankind, Humanity, Homo Sapiens … we are, as a whole, a physical system subject to the laws of Nature. We are a congregation of billions of human beings; each striving to find a purpose, each participating with some degree of choice in the evolution of the species, each dependent on a balanced consumption and dissipation of energy sources in order to survive. And as such we have been proven to be highly creative, but also horribly destructive. We have broken the natural equilibrium of the earth’s environment with our exponential growth.

Evolution has taken us, as far as we can tell, to become the most highly self-reflective species on earth. But blinded by the destructive ideology of “Unlimited Growth” in a limited environment and by the conflict-ridden dogmas of organized religion, we have not been able to attain a creative Vision for the future of our species. It is thus we are ignoring, almost completely, the threat of our rampant growth to the equilibrium of the environment in which we totally depend.

We are lost without a Vision.

What a tragedy this is! With the Dawn of Conscious Self-reflection in us … the only ones we know of … we are lost under the stubbornness and blind aggression of male dominated ideologies that are forcing, not only the power of our creativity into perpetuating a cycle of horrible destruction, but the power of Nature itself into bringing the equilibrium we have not been able to attain.

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141 – Should I Dare Tackle “Spirit”?

Should I dare tackle “Spirit”, the holy of holies, the mystery of mysteries, the Primordial Force inciting every creature in Nature to self-organize, to self-preserve, to bond and ultimately, to create the phenomenon of “Mind” which in us, the only creature we know of, is pioneering the wonder of Conscious Self-reflection?

No one knows how the body creates the mind, nor how the mind organizes and moves the body, nor how … as One … mind and body become conscious of something primal and forceful … their source of volition! … yet ephemeral and fragile … a spirit! … giving our bodies the power to enact what our minds imagine, coaxing us towards Purpose and Transcendence to reach out beyond our limitations, but ay, so easily overcome by greed, rage, ignorance.

So what is it that we call Spirit? Outside of dogmatic interpretations of religious beliefs, Spirit is the primordial Life Force of Existence that, in conjunction with our minds and our bodies, has evolved in us to become self-conscious of our capacity to learn from the past and plan for the future, to judge our mistakes, to glory in our successes, to be aware of our own awareness. And laden with Instinct and open with Infinity, Spirit makes us passive and active, to hate and love, to disdain and yearn, to surrender and struggle, to close our minds with dogma blinding us with ignorance and to open them with wonder illuminating us with knowledge.

Spirit, from the Latin spiritus, is the Force of Existence, permeating the entire Universe and binding mind and body, energy and mass … its fundamental complements … into multitude of forms and, notwithstanding their size nor their level of complexity, infusing them all with the momentum to begin the supple process of self-creation, self-organization, adaptation, self-generation, self-perpetuation – the momentum we call Life.

What an arrogance to try to tackle Spirit, the holy of holies, the mystery of mysteries. But how to explain this Force inside of us, inciting us from the moment of conception … like a little plant, or a bird, or a cell, or the earth, or the sun … to persevere with such determination, to endure, to live on oftentimes against all odds. How to explain the fact that I can touch this Force when I cup my hands together and bury my face in them, and feel my breath, the emanating warmth from within, the stable rhythm, the ancient yearning of the universal Spirit inciting us all to Exist with such determination, so It can exist itself.

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140 – We are One with our Universe

I believe that what will make us move forward, leaving behind this troubling era of constant Conflict and Lies and Genocide and Torture and Division and Destruction and Hate and Hopelessness, is the Global realization … every man, every woman, every child … that we are One with our Universe.

As everything in our Universe, our physical bodies … like those of trees, birds, cells, species, planets, galaxies, the Universe itself … self-create and self-organize into cohesive entities by following a pre-determined yet supple Blueprint; a universal Blueprint that outlines a set of rules for the unfolding of an ancient evolutionary process that allows a degree of flexibility in adaptation and, if vital, the capacity to alter the process.

These set of rules … equilibrium between consumption and dissipation, interconnectedness of all components, self-containment, self-generation, adaptation, self-perpetuation, catalyst for transformation … must be followed universally if the unfolding of the evolutionary process into higher orders of complexity is to be ensured.

We have no idea how the evolutionary process was initiated, nor who, nor how, nor what initiated it. A deity is the usual culprit, but as I have written before, we tend to call ‘god’ what we cannot comprehend. The reality is that 1 – there is an ongoing evolutionary process 2 – that its rules are inside of us and all around us and 3 – which we must obey in order to exist.

The universality of these rules, their hand on how we come into existence, on how we exist, will become self-evident when we accept into our worldview the empirical fact that we imprint every cell in our bodies with the color of our eyes, the pigment of our skin, the density of our bones, the beat of our hearts, the desires of our mind, the primal force to exist;   as we are imprinted with the fury and the beauty, the chaos and the order, the destructiveness and the creativity, the primal force to exist of an evolutionary process beginning to reflect upon itself – in us.

We are excruciatingly beautiful and horribly destructive beings; we can make this … our world … an inferno – wars, genocide, deceit, rape, torture – or we can make it a paradise – tolerance, knowledge, truth, joy, love. It is our choice. It truly is in our hands to do it

And all we need to do it, with the tools we already have, is for all of us … every man, every woman, every child … to know that we are One with our Universe.

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139 – The Concept of “Unlimited Growth” is Unnatural …

The unnatural concept of “Unlimited Growth”, as a sustainable Paradigm for the measure of Progress and Success, might have been viable in the past when there were not many of us to make a noticeable impact on the environment on which our lives depend (see chart below). But that has changed with our exponential population growth which has brought us to a critical moment in our Evolution.

Population Growts Curve_2014

We are technologically smarter but morally and insightfully poorer, and thus unable to conceptualize, at the global level, the self-evident fact that our consumption and destruction are more than the environment can sustain:

We are throwing off the natural equilibrium of the planet.

We are altering the chemical composition of the atmosphere.

We are destroying animal and plant Life at a devastating pace.  We are making the planet hotter.

The myopic intent of the leadership our dominant economies to perpetuate our unsustainable Paradigm is bringing us inevitably to a clash with Nature that will devastate … if not the entire Human species … millions of us. The irrationality of their intent is accentuated by the amoral fact that the reason they are perpetuating this unsustainable Paradigm is to protect, through lies and deceit, the interests of global corporations … these monstrosities we have created which have no loyalty other than to their own voracious greed … thus allowing them to continue their hideous levels of destruction without demanding responsibility for their actions other than painless monetary penalties which most of them use as tax deductions to avoid impacting their profits. Global corporations commit horrendous crimes: they maim and kill for immediate gain and cover up their crimes with the nod of the politicians under their purse; they lack morals and empathy for the lives they destroy; they are eroding the values that support and define our humanity. This is so evident to us that, deep in our souls, we know that before the emergence of a rational Human Spirit, we must face the consequences for the damage these monstrosities have done … with our acquiescence … to the source of our existence.

I am no prophet. Any person with a bit of insight can clearly see that the earth cannot sustain our growth nor the destruction of our environment without dramatic upheaval; therefore the idea that we will ameliorate or turn around what we have done to the planet by being positive and hopeful and ‘good’ , is a copout; it is putting blinders on to avoid acknowledging self-evident facts.

A Paradigm shift is emerging among a generation coming into the realization that, not only their future has been betrayed by a corrupt system, but also that they hold in their hands the fate of the species. They are demanding a New Paradigm based on a sustainable and fairer economic system and, as expected, they are being mercilessly fought by global corporations with the aid of pocketed politicians and a docile media. But the awareness of the betrayal, the knowledge that the concept of ‘unlimited growth’ is unnatural, and the urgent realization that the fate of the species is in their hands are making them stronger and stronger and will ultimately lead them into a Vision of a rational world in which a humane economic and political system can emerge.

“People will ultimately make the right decision if they have the truth” Cicero

Graph source: UN Population Division.

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138 – Contradiction & Agreement in Nature …

As everything in Nature, we are a world of Contradictions and Agreements.

To come into a relatively pre-programmed yet unique form of existence we must emerge anew from an ancient source. Then begin the creation of a Self by devouring nourishment. And although the Self is regulated by primal instincts, we still can guide it with a degree of choice.

To create a unique Self we must conform to a common order.

To conform we must constantly change.

To constantly change we must endure.

To endure we must labor.

In laboring we grow and age.

And in growing and ageing we ultimately come into a transformative end – into the discerning portal that might grant us … as measured by the significance of our existence … passage into a new beginning.

Devouring in order to create, conforming in order to be unique, regulated by instincts yet having a degree of choice, dying to begin anew, may seem contradictions.

They are not.

There is no creation without destruction as there is no destruction without creation.

There is no instinct without choice as there is no choice without instinct.

There is no conforming without change as there is no change without conforming.

There is no labor without endurance as there is no endurance without labor.

There is no beginning without an end as there is no end without a beginning.

There are in Nature no contradictions without agreements; only man, unreasonable in his make-believe dogmatism, seems to find no agreement to his contradictions.

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137 – Why are We so Cruel?

We are so cruel because most of us follow, as ‘revelation’, the words of books filled with horrendous cruelty.

We are so cruel because from very early in Life we are taught to fear and loathe ‘the other’, to unquestionably obey an archaic and patriarchal belief system that has dominated us through millennia by inciting division and cruelty and disregard for life.

Like Hatred, and unlike Love which is innate in us … we are born wanting to love and be loved … Cruelty is learned and oftentimes incited very early in life. Along with Hate, Cruelty drives us … like no other animal on earth … to kill our own with increasingly sophisticated weaponry, to torture ‘the other’ with pre-meditation and degrading humiliation, to de-humanize those we want to oppress or destroy, to obliterate the value of life.

Isn’t this a troubling sign that something has gone terribly wrong with us?

How does a belief system dominated by Division, Cruelty and Hate take hold on our cultures and become so ‘normal’ that we allow its perpetuation without a second thought? How does a tide of vicious dominance that is almost as old as we are can be changed?

Only when bringing into focus the destructiveness of our dominant belief system and the horrifying fact that we are perpetuating it by inciting it on our children, can we begin to answer the questions – and only then we will be free to begin to explore a new belief system based on the self-evident fact that we are participants in a magnificent and creative Universal Order that, although it demands of us … as of everything in Nature … to consume other living organisms in order to survive, it also endows us … as no other creature we know of … with the self-awareness of our power to change and our need … even under the horrors of war and the ignominy of hate and cruelty … to love and be loved.

If we have the intelligence and the power to create a world of Division and Hate and Cruelty, why don’t we use our intelligence and our power to create instead a world without them?

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136 – When Will We Learn? …

It is perplexing to see how most of Humanity … the great majority of us … as intelligent and advanced a species as we claim to be, cannot yet perceive the self-evident Universal Order inside of us and all around us; the perceptible, measurable, self-creating, self-organizing Universal Order inherent in everything in Nature; the Universal Order that from the convergence of two minute cells organizes our bodies into the self-reflective and limitless imagining power of our minds; the Universal Order that generates the progression of atomic compounds into complex, dynamic and intricately interrelated systems; the Universal Order that demands of us to consume other living forms in order to live; a Universal Order that unifies each and all us … each physical system in our Universe* … with a mandate to self-organize, to self-generate and adapt in order to perpetuate its own self-renewal.

And yet it is even more perplexing to see how the Natural Sciences, especially physics and chemistry with their great insights into the structure of microcosmic and macroscopic magnitudes, are unable to link their findings and see how intimately interconnected they are, and thus still searching for a Unified Theory when they already have one.

The findings converge into a homogeneous blueprint that rules and promotes the unfolding of every physical system … whether it is an atom, a molecule, a cell, a solar system, a galaxy, the Universe itself … unifying them all under a mandate that compels them

  • to interconnect its components to work together … whether by instinct or self-determination … towards the common goal of a parent system (Bell’s Theorem);
  • to fuel the temporary permanence of its life span by consuming and dissipating energy sources in relative yet continuous equilibrium (Relativity & Dissipative Structures);
  • to develop a self-determined yet supple existence amid the uncertainty of infinite probabilities (Uncertainty & Probability Principles);
  • to grow with the property of being an utterly unique individual and a complement of a parent species and a complement of a Universal Order (Complementarity);
  • to be completely dependent on the environment yet manipulating and being manipulated with a relative degree of freedom in adaptation  (Evolution);
  • to grow into a self-sufficient, self-contained, self-generating, self-organizing and self-perpetuating system with the potential to become a catalyst for transformation (Autopoiesis & Field Theory)

No matter how minuscule we are in our Universe, we are nonetheless a physical system that like an atom, a molecule, a cell, a solar system, a galaxy, the Universe itself, embodies the traits of the shared blueprint that connects everything into a Universal Order. And so the Universal Order is in us and we are within the Universal Order.

When will we be able to learn to incorporate this self-evident Fact into the way we perceive ourselves and the Universe that engenders Existence with a degree of freedom in adaptation?

* In physics, a physical system is a portion of the physical universe chosen for analysis. Everything outside the system is known as the environment (Wikipedia).

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135 – Archetypal Steps in Human Evolution …

An ARCHETYPE, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies: PROTOTYPE: IDEA: an inherited idea or mode of thought in the psychology of C.G. Jung that is derived from the experience of the race and is present in the unconscious of the individual.

Jung understood archetypes to be universal, inherited potentials which are actualized when they enter consciousness as images or manifest in behavior on interaction with the outside world. They are autonomous and hidden forms which are transformed once they enter consciousness and are given particular expression by individuals and their cultures. In Jungian psychology, archetypes are highly developed elements of the collective unconscious which are the structures of the unconscious mind shared among beings of the same species (Extracts from Wikipedia: Jungian Archetypes).

We can gage our evolutionary progress through archetypal steps which can become the first imprints of significant change in the species as a whole. Some examples of these archetypal steps in human evolution are: The advent of conscious self-awareness, the capacity to conceptualize abstract ideas, the material and consciousness-transforming advances of the agricultural, industrial, and technological revolutions.

The agricultural, industrial and technological revolutions are easily understood as archetypal steps in our evolution, but because conscious self-awareness and our capacity to conceptualize abstract ideas are from a more ancient origin, they are not as easily perceived as archetypal steps in our evolution.

Conscious self-awareness, as opposed to the simple awareness of less developed animals, is our capacity for introspection and to recognize ourselves as individuals and as members of a species. The capacity to conceptualize abstract concepts, as opposed to object-based concepts, is our ability to turn fictional concepts (nations, religions, corporations, money) into objective reality.

Professor of history Yuval Harari on his TED Talk “What explains the rise of humans?” theorizes that a reason why an insignificant animal in a corner of Africa has come to populate every continent on earth and to determine the fate of other animals and possible the planet itself, is that we have learned to collaborate in large numbers with flexibility and imagination, creating a fictional reality of sophisticated systems of cooperation (nations, religions, corporations, money). And so today we live in a dual reality: The objective reality of mountains, rivers, environment, and the fictional reality. The trouble is that we have given the fictional reality such a degree of control that now the objective reality … other species, our environment … has come to depend for survival on the fictional reality (the link below is for the 17 min talk).

As the above mentioned archetypal steps became an inherent capacity in our consciousness over many, many generations, the capacity of the human mind to perceive the Order of the Universe and embody the Fact that as individual and as a species we are integral elements of that universal Order was first termed “Cosmic consciousness” by the Canadian psychiatrist Richard Maurice Bucke (“Cosmic consciousness, a consciousness of the life and order of the universe which is possessed by few men at present. It is a further stage of human evolution which will be reached by all humanity in the future”). This highly developed consciousness has been already emerging in the minds of individuals like Aristotle, Balzac, Rilke, Rumi, Whitman, Einstein, Sagan, Attenborough, to name a few.

Once we are able to overcome the paradigm based on division, consumerism and constant conflict that currently control us, this archetypal step, this capacity of the human mind to conceptualize its participation in a universal Order, will explode into our collective consciousness to bring the most astonishing transformation Humanity has ever experienced.

I can see children all over the world being taught from a very early age that there is a beautiful, self-organizing and self-creative Order in our Universe, and that it is in us and that we are conscious parts of it.

http://www.ted.com/talks/yuval_noah_harari_what_explains_the_rise_of_humans

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134 – Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? IV

Gauguin

This is another attempt on my quest to answer what I believe are the most profound questions posited to the human mind.* The questions are the title of Paul Gauguin’s most enigmatic painting (shown above – click on picture to enlarge). In trying to answer the questions I am reaching a deeper understanding of what we are in the scheme of Nature, a deeper understanding of the Source from which we all emerge and into which we all ultimately return.

Where do we come from?

We emerge out of a self-creative primordial Source; a self-organizing, self-generating, self-perpetuating phenomenon whose onward movement we call Evolution. But Evolution is just the progression of the Source … amid trial and error, formation and dissolution … into higher and higher orders of complexity and order. And since this progression is measurable, its creativity evident, its self-determination discernible, its power tremendous, some of us call it God, but we tend to call God what we cannot understand. And since its movement can be manipulated and it can manipulate us, some of us call it Nature, but Nature is just its manifestations into diverse and myriad forms. And since we can only imagine its beginning as an explosion out of nowhere, some of us call it the Big Bang, but that was merely the birth of one of its many universes.

And although the Source thrives inside of us and all around us (in the pulse of primal blood in our veins, in our inborn urge to bond and re-generate, in the compelling instinct to adapt and survive, in the boundless creativity and ingenuity of Life, in the selective self-organization of galaxies into spirals and globular clusters, in the constant creation of solar and atomic systems out of recycled forms of energy and mass, in the self-reflective contemplation of self-reflection), what the Source is, what its purpose might be, we are not developed enough to comprehend it.

What are we?

Infinitesimally small from the dimension of the stars and enormously immense from the dimension of the atoms, we are manifestations of a primordial self-creative Source that imprints us all from the moment of creation with a universal mandate to bond, to self-organize, to re-generate, to adapt, to survive, thus ensuring our participation in the renewal and perpetuation of its onward movement.

And although our actions and reactions are mostly driven by primal instincts, we have nonetheless evolved a conscious awareness of a degree of freedom to choose, to see beyond immediacy, to transform ourselves and our world. And so we are a most amazing creation of a primordial Source that creates life to recreate itself. We are self-conscious sources of Transformation.

Where are we going?

Pregnant with the possibilities of a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world yet limited by our internal and external environments, we forge ahead until we no longer can; at which point we begin the transformation into our inexorable dissolution and potential transcendence into higher realms of the Source from which we emerged. But transcendence is impartially measured by

what we have imagined,

what we have created,

what we have destroyed,

what we have taken,

what we have given to our world,

and so, transcendence is measured by the significance of our lives.

Think of Einstein – opening new visions and challenging our understanding of reality; think of Mandela – inspiring pacifist rebellion against the tyranny of unaccountable power; think of Socrates’ Method – stimulating critical thinking and fueling the transformation of ideas; think of Gauguin – living on in his beautiful paintings, especially the one that keeps asking his profound questions. The deeds of these individuals, to name a few, live on in us; they transcended their lives transforming into higher manifestations of our collective humanity – still challenging us, encouraging us, transforming us, inviting us – their transcendence a measure of the significance of their lives.

WHERE DO WE COME FROM? We emerge out of a self-creative primordial Source.

WHAT ARE WE? We are self-conscious sources of Transformation.

WHERE ARE WE GOING? We transcend into the future in equal measure to the significance of our lives.

Transcendence is a measure of the significance of existence.

* Former attempts on Posts 78, 95 and 118.

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