109 – Self-reflection (Part III) …

How incredible it is for a mind to be aware of its own capacity to self-reflect.

Whichever way our Universe had its beginning, it was born with an absolute, non-negotiable rule: If anything coming into being within its realm was to exist as an ongoing and evolving Process, no matter how complex its development or the diversity of its components or the distribution of its contents, it will have to find a way to keep its fundamental complements … Mass (as condensed energy) and Energy (as liberated mass) … through ups and downs, creation and transformation, growth and repose, in relative equivalence.

This is the universal rule Einstein encapsulated in E=mc2: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”, and vice versa, I add. But the true significance of the equation is not the quantity of energy and mass contents in a body; it is the fact that they have to be in relative equilibrium … one content always equivalent to the other … as the body develops and evolves. And a continuous equilibrium between two contents cannot be achieved without a degree of self-reflection.

Although the equilibrium between the contents can be thrown off by internal and external events, it must be restored if the body is to remain functional. Once this self-reflective process is no longer feasible, the body disintegrates back into the environment.

And thus, for instance, for a body like ours to remain functional while we develop and evolve, our total mass content (bone, muscle, tissue) must remain in relative equilibrium with our total energy content (action, motion, force). This is primordial self-reflection. Our bodies do it instinctively … mostly without our awareness … which is why we get hungry and sleepy when it is time to replenish the energy exerted during activity, and this is why we feel unwell when our body cannot bring us back into equilibrium.

And so it is for solar systems or atoms or cells: In order to remain functional as they develop and evolve, their total mass content (sun, planets, moons, asteroids – nucleus, electrons – protoplasm, membrane) must remain in relative equilibrium with their total energy content (the push and pull of gravitation, kinetic energy, the forces needed to keep the units together). Once this primordial self-reflection cannot be sustained, they disintegrate back into their environments.

Self-reflection is inherent at different levels and degrees in everything in Nature. And we are no exemption to the rule. The big, big difference with us is that … as far as we know, and due to a relatively steady and beneficial environment … we are developing one of the greatest gifts Nature can bestow on its creations: Conscious self-reflection.

But look at us, we are wasting this greatest gift away on wars and greed and deceit and hate, instead of self-reflecting on the grave consequences we are bringing upon us with the imbalance between the unsustainable consumption of our exponential growth and the limited resources of the environment in which our lives depend.

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108 – If Scientific Ideology would give Wholeness a Chance …

Our current scientific ideology has turned dogmatic … like a religion … afraid of facing inquiry on its restricting scope, and lashing out, hard, at those who dare disagree with its intransigence.

Our scientific ideology is dogmatic because it limits our understanding of Nature by focusing only on Reduction and Isolation (building gigantic apparatus to isolate atomic particles believing that this is the way to understand our Universe, or thinking that the processes of Life can be reduced by isolating genes), while completely excluding Wholeness, afraid to face its unavoidable implication of an intimate, interdependent relationship between the Whole and its parts.

There is no denying the advances(?) made under our current scientific ideology … the DNA molecule has been decoded and genes are manipulated and exploited; more intrusive devices are invented to reach depleting and harder to extract resources; ever more destructive weapons are created with the power to wipe out Humanity many times over … but this ideology does not advance Knowledge of what we are; Knowledge of how a congregation of interdependent cells can incite the feeling of wonder; Knowledge of how every cell engendered by our bodies knows the color of our skin and the type of our blood; Knowledge of how we endow specialized cells with the information to re-create a whole new being; Knowledge of how, amid the constant birth and death of cells in our bodies, we remain fundamentally the same Self; Knowledge of how the Primordial Force of Nature, with its knack for Complexity and Order, has come to create the self-reflective mind.

It has taken us eons of evolutionary time to develop … as far as we know … the highest level of self-awareness in Nature. But dominated by an ideology that inhibits our understanding of the intimate, interdependent relationship of the whole with its parts, we are still pretty much ignorant about the relationship in which we, as a whole, encode every cell in our bodies with a blueprint (self-generate, self-organize, adapt, endure) that ensures our development into a cohesive yet supple whole; a relationship which is fundamentally the same as the one that encodes everything in Nature, including you and me, with the blueprint (self-generate, self-organize, adapt, endure) that ensures the development of the evolutionary Process that makes our Universe into a cohesive yet supple whole.

We are a self-generating organization of myriad components that, instinctively working together under a primal plan, creates in us what we experience as the phenomenon of the Mind. But we have no idea how or why.

Just imagine where Humanity could be if our current scientific ideology opens the floodgates to Wholeness, with its profound implication that what makes us whole is fundamentally the same as what makes our Universe whole.

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107 – Universal Blueprint (Part III) …

It changes us, completely, to figure out that our physical existence is pre-determined by a common Blueprint … a natural ordering process … which not only determines our development – mapping the position, the organization, the role, the duration of our components; plotting loosely our evolution; charting our process of self-generation; inciting our survival instincts; defining the length of our existence – but that also endows us with a degree of choice in adaptation, transforming ourselves and our world. This common Blueprint is the pulse of Nature in each and all of us, throbbing in our veins from the moment we are born, until the moment we die.

And it changes us even more to comprehend that this common Blueprint, this natural ordering process, pre-determines not just us but everything EVERYTHING … in our Universe (atomic particles, molecules, cells, all forms of life, planets, solar systems, galaxies, clusters of galaxies); mapping organization, role, evolution, relative duration; charting the process of self-generation; inciting the instinct to survive, and yet allowing a degree of choice in adaptation.

The implications of this realization are profound: That since the inception of our Universe a primordial blueprint has been mapping … with a degree of flexibility … the development of very high levels of Complexity, proves the existence of a creative, disciplined, determined, resourceful and yet supple Order, equal to the primal Order that maps in us the development of our bodies with creativity, discipline, determination, resourcefulness, and yet endows us with the flexibility to transform ourselves and our world.

In the midst of trial and error, creation and destruction, this is how Nature evolves; allowing the transformative progression of Order to develop into levels of Complexity that have come to ignite in us the flame of conscious self-awareness.

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106 – On Human Greed …

Greed, in human terms, is an immoderate and selfish desire … for power, wealth, food, fame, recognition … beyond the dictates of basic survival needs and comfort, and that, exploiting a moral weakness, overwhelms our common sense.

Greed is ancient in Human history; stronger in some early civilizations than in others and more insidious in men than in women.

Erich Fromm described greed as “a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.”

Prompted by overindulgent hunger for power, or possessions, or wealth, and most recently by the dominant economic creed that “Greed is Good”, Greed has come to obliterate our common sense to such a degree, that most of us are oblivious to the fact that our greed is destroying … like greedy cancer cells … the host that provides our source of Life.

Immoderate Greed is a learned, not an innate characteristic in human evolution. I don’t think early humans were dominated by Greed before the Agricultural Revolution   when everybody worked together for the benefit of the group. It might have developed in us as a perversion of the accumulation of winter supplies, or a perversion of the need to expand into more territory as groups grew larger, or a perversion of the struggle for power and recognition as the need for leadership arose (these are but assumptions), but however this perversion came to dominate human nature, it has now turned into a vice that throws us … most of us … into a sick, aggressive, insatiable and destructive competition to have more and more, with absolutely no regard for the consequences of our ill-conceived urge. A terrible consequence of this perversion … with its rapaciousness, trickery, manipulation, deceit, violence, disregard for human decency … is the dreadful monstrosity of corporate greed.

It is thus we have created a world where Scavenging and Hoarding are more protected and promoted than the Welfare and Happiness of people. We have been taken hostage by an irrational and insatiable Force that does not take our lives into consideration, but instead demands the levels of rapaciousness threatening our survival.

But we have now the technology to unite the voices of the world to help us understand, and overcome, this destructive Force that is taking our lives hostage; ruling us with immoderate Greed completely devoid of common sense.

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105 – The Creative Order of Nature …

There is a creative Order in Nature … the Implicate Order as David Bohm, the American physicist, called it … that induces all things in Nature to self-organize with a degree of self-determination towards higher orders of complexity. But this Order is not effortlessly perceived by the human mind under current paradigms.

Our understanding of the creative Order in Nature is obstructed by 1 – a scientific Paradigm that teaches us that creativity and self-organization in Nature are but the result of sheer Chance and 2 – by a religious Paradigm that teaches us that Human beings are creative and self-determined because we are separate from and better than Nature. And yet, upon scrutiny of empirical knowledge, the fundamental capacity of all things in Nature to self-organize with creative self-determination becomes apparent:

All things in Nature … without exception … although utterly unique (no other one exactly like me in the entire Universe, no other solar system exactly like ours in the entire Universe), instinctively self-organize into the distinctive characteristics of a common genus.

All things in Nature … without exception … consume energy sources from immediate environments (foods, oxygen for us; kinetic energy, heat for our planet) to fuel the relatively pre-determined yet adaptable organization of our bodies.

All things in Nature … without exception … grow into Complexity out of the fusion of fundamental elements (ovum and sperm for you and I; stars and star remnants for galaxies) sensing the demands of environments and, whether by instinct or self-determination, seeking the equilibrium of Order to endure.

The capacity of all things in Nature to self-organize … and re-organize … with a relative degree of creativity and self-determination toward order and complexity is the primordial Process we have come to call Evolution. And although this creative and self-determined Process is beyond our understanding, it clearly induces all things to reinvent themselves from within … pregnant with ingenuity … bending the rules of genera and environments.

The capacity to perceive this natural Order, and to realize we are a part of it, is the most awe-inspiring feeling a human being can experience. And yet this capacity is obstructed by the same institutions with the most power to help us understand it: a scientific Paradigm bent on teaching us that the creative Order so evident in Nature is nothing but the result of sheer Chance – thus inducing us into uncaring devastation; and a religious Paradigm bent on separating us from the natural Order – thus inducing us into a world of division and conflict.

How different we will be when the creative Order of Nature is not veiled by wars and fear and hate and so much destruction? How different!!!

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104 – Paradise …

Under a system of false and dogmatic beliefs which supports the control of self-serving elites, most of us are coerced into believing the irrational concept that Paradise is not the world … tremendous and gentle, raw and ephemeral, tiny and immeasurable, devastating and creative, horrid and amazingly beautiful … in which we are born to experience the wonder of Life, but that it is instead an imagined garden-like place from where we were thrown out, long ago, as punishment for wanting to Know!; or that it is an imagined heaven-like place where we may be allowed to enter, after we die, but only … only … if we submit, unquestionably, to the dictates of dogmatic beliefs the likes of: There is always a foe, oftentimes imagined, to be exterminated; happiness is achieved through greater and greater consumption without regards for the damage to the environment; my idol-deity, not yours, is the true one; we can understand everything, everything … atoms, cells, the entire Universe, Life itself … by breaking them apart.

This set of destructive beliefs, perpetuated through fear and deceit, obstructs our innate desire to explore the evident Truth that the world we live in … with all its misery, struggle, incredible beauty and profound mystery … is Paradise: The only Home where we can Be and love and grow and try to be happy, the only Home we all instinctively search for, the only Home where we can imprint our legacy.

The horrors that dogmatic beliefs bring upon us are painfully evident: Genocide; constant conflict; hate; complete disregard for the value of human life; the acceptance of lies and theft and destruction as natural, the estrangement from common sense and moderation and the knowledge of oneself, the devastation we are imposing on the environment that engenders and sustains our lives.

By surrendering to the coercion to look for Paradise in a fantasy and not in the world of experience, are we not … with knowledgeable intent … ravaging it? And by doing so, are we not driving ourselves – hard – into levels of devastation we cannot even comprehend?

The enslaving grasp of Dogma on us is fierce, but even fiercer is the liberating freedom of the Truth.

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103 – On Vacation …

I will be posting again on June 15, 2014.

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102 – The Living Universe and Us …

There is no doubt in my mind … not a bit, not a trace … that, like you and I, our Universe is a living organism.

This idea is based on the Fact … as much as our current scientific focus (Reductionism/Materialism) wants to deny it … that nothing is engendered into Life from something that is not alive.

If you and I, like our Universe, were born into being from something small … very small … already knowing how to build our own bodies into magnificently complex and evolving organizations of myriads … upon myriads … of diverse yet common components.

And if you and I, like our Universe, instinctively learned how to create our own components, making them ingenious and with a knack for experimentation, yet obedient to the primal urges to survive and adapt and bond and regenerate.

And if you and I, like our Universe, adapted     and continue to adapt … untaught … to changing and oftentimes adverse environments … manipulating and being manipulated … while relentlessly moving onward, seeking stability.

And if you and I, like our Universe, relentlessly seek stability … oftentimes by instinct, yet sometimes with self-determined choice … overcoming detours and accidents and trials and mistakes, until we no longer can, and dissipate back into Origin.

And if you and I do these things … self-creating, self-organizing, learning, adapting, experimenting with ingenuity, seeking stability, moving onward with a degree of volition … because we are alive. And if our Universe is fundamentally doing these same things… self-creating, self-organizing, learning, adapting, experimenting with ingenuity, seeking stability, moving onward with a degree of volition … does it not follow that, like you and I, the Universe is alive?

When we ultimately incorporate this Fact into our perception of the Universe, our quest will then not be to find what the Universe is, but what Life is.

This transition will change us dramatically, especially when we already know that we are … as far as we know … the universal component with the highest degree of self-awareness in Nature. And even if we discover other high forms of self-awareness, the implications of embarking on a new quest to understand Life are monumental because, although Life is in you and I … we feel it, we are aware of it, we move it, it moves us, we are one of its myriad manifestations – minute and immense, creative and destructive, powerful and tender … Life is, as yet, incomprehensible to us.

And so, like the pioneer cells in a new born human mind … reaching within    and far away from us, seeking connections, sending probes (dendrites?) deeper and deeper into the intricacies of our inner and outer worlds … we are Pioneers, you and I, in the self-awareness of the universal mind.

Just think about it!!!

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101 – Without Dogma we can face our Destiny …

Power is an easy path to the obliteration of Reason and the Humane in man. Power drives man to become set in his ideas, less flexible, less open to compromise, more and more dogmatic.

When a man, blinded by dogmatism, gets in positions of Power … family, gang, heredity, work, community, religion, politics … he feels impelled to assert his manhood, not by openness and empathy and a desire for wisdom, but by imposing his dogmatism on those he can control; usually by claiming to have a Right, or to know better, or to have a ‘special connection’ with a higher being.

In Politics, dogmatic men close the doors to Compromise and Peace and Justice.

In Science, dogmatic men close the doors to the Subjective and the Intangible and the Mysterious.

In Religion, dogmatic men close the doors to Rationality and Tolerance and Truth.

In Economics, dogmatic men close the doors to Moderation and Selflessness and Equality.

There are very few instances in our History when the attainment of Power has not corrupted the desire in man to seek great deeds for Humanity without the ulterior goal of strengthening his Power.

In the lower animals, seeking Power in the male is mainly driven by organic instincts, which lead to aggression and dominance over the contender(s) with the purpose to subdue and gain status.

But over our evolutionary development, the human being has acquired a high degree of self-reflection, which not only differentiates us from most animals, but gives us the capacity to reflect upon the consequences of our actions and decisions when we let them be dominated entirely by instinct and the blinding force of Dogma.

The dire status of our world … constant conflict, aggression, fanaticism, irrationality, hate, genocide, rape, rapacious greed, extreme inequality, inhumane poverty, atrocious levels of cruelty, oppression of women, environmental devastation, … clearly demonstrates that most of the individuals leading Humankind are still highly driven by dogmatism and instinctive drives, with very minimal capacity for self-reflection on the impact of their decisions on the peoples who they have come to control or subjugate.

It is uncanny to see these individuals, blindingly protecting those that support their hold on Power … even if they are on a destructive and self-serving rampage … disregarding, and oftentimes obstructing, human ingenuity to find solutions for the great challenges we are facing under their dictatorial and utterly selfish leadership.

We put them on those positions of power. We can then demand with millions, billions of messages that they listen to us. And if they don’t, we’ll replace them for someone who will.

Not until we recognize the harmful role of Dogma will we be able to open the gates to the immensurable reaches of the highly self-reflective human intellect; not until then will we be freed from Obstruction and Irrationality.

Without Dogma we can face our Destiny as pioneers in the evolution of Self-reflection in Nature.

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100 – Let’s Recreate our Future …

The political, economic and religious hierarchies we have supported throughout our history use Deception, Fear and Division to deny us the knowledge of our amazing potential to create a civilization where Education, Moderation, Tolerance and the avoidance of Dogma are instead our leading values. To control us, they perpetuate beliefs on outrageous fabrications the likes of: Our purpose in life is to submit without question to the will of an omnipotent and vengeful made-up deity; Heroism is the will to die and kill ourselves and others for someone else’s ideals; the measure of Success is boundless greed without regards for integrity, respect or environmental devastation; Nature is a resource for Humanity’s consumption.

These hierarchies control a subservient media to instigate in us a feeling of irrelevance and dread through a constant focus on Scapegoating, Consumption, Conflict and Fear; they have twisted us into rewarding those who lie and steal while punishing those who tell the Truth; they have sequestered Education to promote an unsustainable and destructive corporate ideology; they label as un-patriotic those with the courage to question their irrationality; by instigating reactionary behaviors against our own humanity, they drive us into incredible levels of hate and cruelty, and to fanatically annihilate anything that challenges their dominance.

When will we come to the realization that we don’t need this; that we are better than this; that it will destroy us if we don’t change it?

It is dreadful to think about the horrible future our dominant hierarchies promise us – – so detached from the world of happiness and love we all desire.

After thousands of years under the domination of the destructive forces of Dogma, Terror, War, Intolerance, Greed and Deceit, we possess now the intelligence, the will and the collective power … in the same way we have the power from within to redirect, recreate and shape our future … to recreate and redirect our cultures into a rational, moderate, tolerant, educated and more humane civilization.

A multitude of us, with a Vision in mind, is an unstoppable force.

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