80 – To be in Touch with Beauty …
To be in touch with Beauty we have many, many ways … music, poetry, Nature in splendor, falling in love, creating something beautiful … but the Powers-that-be drive us to be in touch with Dread instead … wars, vengeance, fear, hate, anguish … Why?
We wish to claim to be the ‘darlings’ of Creation … the only ones that can Self-reflect and admire Beauty, feel Beauty, create Beauty … and yet we are ravaging our world … Why?
Nothing in the world today … no educational system, no organized religion, no scientific method … tells us the Truth about us.
We are told that our capacity to Self-reflect is a unique Human trait. It is not. The capacity to Self-reflect is Universal.
The proof that Self-reflection is Universal is Einstein’s greatest legacy. E=mc2 is one of the deepest insights into the nature of our Universe. E=mc2 fundamentally means that, notwithstanding size or complexity, the mass content of any natural system MUST EQUAL (=) its energy content … and vice versa … for the system to be functional in a continuous, persistent way. This is the yet-to-be-acknowledged meaning of the symbol = in the equation. In Einstein’s own words: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.” And no natural system can balance and re-balance its own contents to keep them in constant equilibrium as it changes and develops without a degree of Self-reflection.
But Science, afraid to rock established dogmatic beliefs, shies away from the exploration of the Self-reflective element of the equation.
The equation has proven without doubt that no natural system in our Universe can have a continuous form of existence without a sustained equilibrium between its mass and energy contents … greater mass equals greater energy, less energy equals less mass … and sustained equilibrium cannot exist without a degree of Self-reflection.
This degree of Self-reflection, although mostly instinctive, is evident in the sustained equilibrium of the human body: We consume energy sources (oxygen, foods) to build mass and exert the energy as action and motion, but our level of consumption is a reflection of our level of exertion … and vice versa … and thus we always are in relative equilibrium as we grow and develop and remain functional and dynamic. Once we cannot sustain this equilibrium, we either restructure or cease to exist altogether.
Instinctive equilibrium is the primordial form of Self-reflection. Self-determined equilibrium … the conscious, thoughtful affecting of equilibrium … is a highly evolved form of Self-reflection. And as far as we know homo sapiens are the only ones evolved enough to have developed the latter.
Our individual survival is completely dependent on self-reflective equilibrium, and so is the survival of the Human Species. But because Humanity remains so fragmented, we have not been able to expand our heightened capacity for Self-reflection to the level of the entire species. And thus we fail to see how far out of equilibrium we have gotten: Increasingly billions of us are consuming and releasing energy sources way beyond the replenishing and reabsorbing capacities of our environment. We are throwing off the natural equilibrium of the planet and accelerating sweeping and possibly extreme deviations.
To be in touch with Beauty we first need to know what Beauty is, and although Beauty is about impossible to define … “It is in the eye of the beholder” … we know that Beauty is not Hate nor Fear nor Imbalance nor Dread.
To be in touch with Beauty, to create Beauty, to begin to turn Dread into Beauty there is something we all can do: We can concentrate our heightened capacity for Self-reflection to turn the mighty global reach of the Internet into empowering and giving direction to an organ … like the United Nations, for example … to assume the same self-reflective, thoughtful and visionary role for our entire species as our brain is for our body.
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