268 – The Will to Live …

Life is based on equilibrium … the balanced consumption and exertion of energy sources,

and equilibrium is based on measurement … “the mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.[1]

 

But measurement needs self-reflection,

and self-reflection needs order,

and order needs consciousness,

and consciousness needs Life.

 

But what is Life … conscious Life?

How can Life be so ordered as to endow every organism on Earth with the same DNA, and yet be so chaotic as to bring destruction on its own creations?

Although I don’t know the answers, there is something I do know about Life: Based on the frailty of equilibrium and order, Life stays alive by inciting the will to live … the effort to adapt, to survive, and perhaps, to leave a mark on the world.

[1] Einstein

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267 – What is it in us? …

How deeply sad it is to see the killing, and the hate, and the violence, and the cruelty, and the crumbling cities, and the starving children, when it doesn’t have to be this way.

What is it in us that incites us to not let others be what they are, to punish them for Being, to destroy their livelihood?

What is it in us that makes us think we have the right to destroy and kill other human beings for not being what we are?

What is it in us that makes it so unbearable to find peace and happiness just by being what we are and letting others be?

The flame of Hope flickers weakly in the midst of so much anger and intolerance.

What is it in us?

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266 – How can we still doubt? …

How can we still doubt – as so many of us do – that our Universe is alive?

When it is self-evident and thoroughly proven that it grows and evolves in a steady, self-determined progression toward higher levels of complexity and order.

When patterns – like the constancy of the speed of Light, the economy of its chemical elements, the preference of its galaxies to conform into elliptical or spiral shapes – ripple across its entire body, regulating itself, organizing itself, loving itself.

When its progress is so palpable that we can see it with our own eyes and feel it and touch it with our own bodies.

When we, one of its myriad living components, are creations of its constant self-creation.

How can we doubt?

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265 – The Unknown …

In my youth, forced to believe what I intuitively knew to be fallacies fabricated to control the human mind, I rebelled. Instead, I embarked on a search for the Unknown for whom I have no name but from whom I emerged with the invincible imagination that, although laced with ignorance, urges me to find the Truth.

The Unknown from whom we emerge is not omnipotent or all-powerful as many of us claim, but the sentient, self-evident, knowable, living organism we inhabit and inhabits us; an organism who, like us, struggles to adapt and survive amid the demands of challenging environments; an organism who, like us, inherits supple laws to construct a supple future; an organism who, like us, is driven by instincts and needs yet invested with choice and purpose.

We, the Unknown and us, are both destroyers and creators. We are both ugly and beautiful. We are both limited and free.

The knowledge gathered from our crude existence is the result of what we experience through our organic senses, yet it is also the knowledge that lays the ground for the exploration of an Unknown that, although remaining beyond our comprehension, allows us to muse about it because we are in it, and it is in us.

Since I am he, who I am seeking?

Why should I seek? I am the same as he. His essence speaks through me.

I have been looking for myself.” Rumi

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264 – Imagine Knowing …

Imagine knowing

that we are part of a process of transformation

began eons and eons ago

and as best we know

may never end.

 

Suns and galaxies

turning into clusters and streams of clusters,

atoms and molecules

turning into beauty and thought.

Everything transforming,

everything performing

the unending dance of Life.

 

Imagine knowing

that we are,

without choice,

engines of reproduction

urged by an Unknown

to fall in love

and engender Life.

 

Imagine knowing

that we are,

without choice,

subjects of ancient laws

that configure our bodies

yet set our minds free.

 

Imagine knowing

that what makes us what we are

invests us with a power to Know

and the choice

to let it die

or forever live.

 

Imagine knowing!

 

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263 – SYMMETRY …

1: balanced proportions 

also: beauty of form arising from balanced proportions

2: the property of being symmetrical

especially: correspondence in size, shape, and relative position of parts on opposite sides of a dividing line or median plane or about a center or axis [1]

 

The time it takes the moon to rotate around its axis is symmetrical with the time it takes to orbit the Earth.

The human body is the symmetrical proportion of two halves working as one.

The solar system is the symmetrical dance of planets around its star and moons around its planets.

The basic structure of Hydrogens atoms at one end of the Universe – a nucleus, a single electron, a relatively constant factor that defines spin, life span, and decay – is symmetrical with the Hydrogens atoms at the other end.

The Fibonacci sequence is Symmetry in mathematics and sunflowers.

The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.”

 

There is order, beauty, and balance in Symmetry. And whether determined by primal forces or its own volition, Symmetry is a form of Self-reflection … there is no proportion, nor continuity, nor order without one side reflecting on the other.

Symmetry is self-evident in the obstinate persistence of our Universe to unfold toward complexity and order.

And so the mind is pressed to ponder about the force behind the obstinate persistence of Symmetry:  What is it that drives the self-reflective progression of our Universe not into disorder and chaos, but into order and consequence?

[1] Merriam Webster

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262 – We are a Universe …

The beautiful thing about our current knowledge of our Universe is that science has opened windows to the human intellect that were closed for centuries under the dogmatism of organized religion. Those open windows let us now peer at the beauty and complexity of our Universe, and, most importantly, at the similarities it shares with us. For instance

how, like our Universe, we emerge into existence with the innate urge to self-organize and adapt;

how, like our Universe, we are determined by natural laws that regulate our development while endowing us with a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world;

how, like our Universe, we are made whole by the concerted intent of our every component to bond, to regenerate, to survive.

To be whole … to be One … like our Universe, we are a reflection of our every component, and every component is a reflection of what we are.

We are a Universe.

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261 – Imagination …

To rely solely on our limited organic senses for the understanding of reality is to miss the immense and elusive reality that exists beyond them; the reality that can only be glimpsed at with the unlimited sense of our imagination.

If we focus solely on satisfying the immediate needs of our limiting senses, we will never be able to understand the power of our imagination. It is boundless.

We depend on our limited senses for survival, but it is the sense of our imagination that gives us the boundless freedom to explore, to discover, to transform ourselves and our world.

We are pure potential.

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260 – Universal Consciousness …

How can our Universe sustain, amid constant change and across eons of time, the progression of a process self-evidently intent on unfolding into greater and greater levels of complexity and order – from clouds of gas and dust into solar systems, from congregations of cells into self-reflective organisms, from myriads of stars into self-organizing galaxies – if is not for the existence of a universal consciousness?

Our Universe is a system that we assumedly claim to have begun with an explosion out of nowhere; an explosion that has not dissipated as explosions naturally do but has instead turned into the harbinger of Life.

There is no way to account for this kind of development, but for the persistence of a universal consciousness not only intent on advancing into greater complexity and order but doing it with an unfathomable purpose.

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259 – MATRIX …

Matrix | Definition by Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Something within or from which something else originates, develops, or takes form.

Every evolving component of our Universe, whether it is an atom, a cell, a solar system, a galaxy, you and I, is engendered as reiteration and reiterator of a universal Matrix.

The Matrix is a composite of a set of fundamental properties [1] that are essential to exist, survive, and propagate, and a blueprint [2] that charts growth and development with a degree of freedom in transformation. [3]

We, for instance, are engendered as reiterations of the Matrix and as reiterators as we propagate it with a degree of freedom on everything we engender– cells, skeleton, progeny – which subsequently are reiterations and reiterators of the Matrix as they propagate it with a degree of freedom on everything they engender, and so forth ad infinitum,

Reiteration with a degree of freedom is how we have evolved from our simian ancestry into the techno-wizards of today. It is how cells propagate the supple order of the double helix. It is how Life and everything it engenders is replicated and evolves.

We are all reiterations and reiterators in the magnificent Order of this universal Matrix; an Order that is as ancient as Time itself; an Order that connects us all with its unfathomable yet self-evident pursuit of Complexity.

But how, as members of this Order, can we sense the interconnectedness, the bond between us and our cells, between us and the Universe?  How can we?

The answer is in us.

 

[1] Interconnectedness, equilibrium, triality, dissipation, self-creation, progression, reiteration, propagation.

[2] Self-organization, bonding, self-generation, adaptation, self-regulation, self-perpetuation, transformation.

[3] The properties of the Universal Matrix have been derived from my non-scientific understanding of scientific theories; for example, Interconnectedness is, to me, the essence of Bell’s Theorem, Equilibrium is the essence of Relativity, Progression is the essence of Evolution. The characteristics of the Universal Blueprint have been derived from my understanding of the evolutionary processes of evolving systems in Nature; for instance, how cells, or galaxies, or animals, self-organize and bond into cohesive systems that adapt to changing environments with a degree of freedom to transform themselves and their world.

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