203 – Undividedness …

The Universe is us, as we are the Universe.

Of all the animals on Earth, we are the only ones devoid of a sense of undividedness from the Medium – what we call Nature – in which we are embedded, the Medium that provides us with sources of sustenance yet also makes us a source of sustenance (food chain). But since humankind has evolved into the dominant species on Earth, we have no significant predators other than viruses, and ourselves.

The innate capacity to perceive an undivided connection with Nature is annihilated as soon as we open our eyes, when we begin to be shown the world and all its contents as separate from us, opposite to us, conflicting with us.

The loss of a sense of oneness with Nature makes us insolent, apathetic, and turns us into the deadly creatures who, now in such great numbers, are ravaging our environment, precipitating mass extinctions, taunting Nature, sowing our own demise.

Rilke put the significance of this loss within the lines of his insightful poetry: Who shows a child as he really is? Who place him among the stars and puts the measuring stick of separation into his hands? … Murderers are easy to understand. But this, though: death, all of death, even before life has begun, to hold it all so gently and without rancor, this is beyond description. *

We do this to ourselves and our progeny because most of us do not know the difference. Our sense of separation from Nature was reaffirmed by Rene Descartes in the seventeenth century, and his erroneous claim that the mind is a separate entity from the body has since dominated our perception of the world.

This error should have been corrected in the first half of the Twentieth Century with the introduction of Niels Bohr’s Complementarity. The premise of the theory is that all properties (like mind and body, particle and wave, light and dark) exist in pairs, and that although the properties may seem mutually exclusive, they are nonetheless complementary manifestations of the same system. But due to the reticence of the physical sciences to apply the findings of their theories to the physical systems of our bodies, the concept of complementarity in Nature has not been commonly assimilated in human perception. And thus, Descartes’ misconception continues to dominate how we perceive the world, perpetuating the erroneous sense of separation that inhibits our innate sense of undividedness from Nature.

But our sense of undividedness, although inhibited in most of us, is not dead; it is dormant and can be re-awakened. And for those of us who can perceive it, it haunts us with the beauty of its possibilities and the damaging impact of its inhibition. And so, we rebel against a culture dominated by a mistake a man made centuries ago; a culture that even though is beginning the feel the pangs of its treatment of Nature as something separate, persists on dividing the indivisible.

Ah! To know, to see, to sense that the Universe is us as we are the Universe, is the pinnacle of perception.

*Rainier Maria Rilke – excerpts from the Fourth Elegy

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202 – This is not what we are, but what we are turned into …

The human animal is, to me, the most beautiful creature in Nature. There is nothing as beautiful as the sight of two human beings in love with each other. There is nothing as beautiful as a mother’s face at the first sight of her newborn baby. Nothing as beautiful as a human mind trying to understand itself and the universe in which it lives. Nothing as beautiful as the search for tenderness and love in the eyes of a baby. Nothing as beautiful as the breathtaking sights of a fiery sunset or a graceful rainbow. Nothing as beautiful as human altruism, compassion, understanding, acceptance, love.

Yet the human animal is the cruelest creature in Nature. There is nothing as cruel as the torturing of another one of us with the purpose of degrading, humiliating, inflicting as much physical and emotional pain as possible. There is nothing as cruel as the bending of human ingenuity to create ever more powerful weapons of mass destruction. There is nothing as cruel as the plundering of pristine and delicate environments for the profits of greedy corporations. There is nothing as cruel as the enslaving of the human mind to serve the destructive machinations of Greed. There is nothing as cruel as a starving child in the midst of obscene wealth.

We are the most beautiful creatures in Nature, yet we are the cruelest. What a baffling conundrum we are!

Nothing is born cruel in Nature. Nothing. But in cultures dominated by a Paradigm that incites the alienation from and the frantic control over Nature, the human mind, especially in the impressionable and easily manipulated infancy when it is totally dependent on others, can be thrown into a survival mode in which it turns against its inherent instincts … love, empathy, tolerance … to become instead not only contentious, intolerant, cruel, but worse, the instigator of these destructive trends on its progeny.

This is not what we are, but what we are turned into.

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201 – Presence …

Although I don’t actually feel it, my body is constantly changing: Cells die and are replaced with new ones that already know the functions of those they are replacing; my heart constantly pumps re-oxygenated blood to revitalize every niche in my body; my brain and nervous systems constantly adjust to meet emotional and physical changes.

These are but a very few of the many amazing feats my body is constantly accomplishing. But there is another one: A mysterious, astonishing feat, yet so fundamental I could not exist without it. I refer to the process through which the combination of the myriad components of my body collectively generates the Presence, the Persona, I project into the world.

And as astonishing as this is, there is something even more astonishing about me: Of all the living species I know of on Earth, I … homo sapiens … have become self-conscious of that Presence to an extent that I can trace its development, not only through my own personal history but through the evolutionary history of the species. But somehow I have become incapable of taking responsibility for the impact my Presence makes on the world. And as a consequence, I am facing an impending environmental upheaval of terrifying proportions.

Is it not astonishing? It has taken homo sapiens eons of grueling evolutionary processes for me to become conscious of my Presence in the world, but because I don’t want to take responsibility for what it is doing to the world, I might be wiped out, without a trace, from the face of the Earth.

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200 – Notice

Due to unanticipated circumstances, I will no be posting on July 1st.

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199 – Beautiful and Horrific …

As a species, our history is both beautiful and horrific.

Of all the animals on Earth that we know of, the human animal is the only one capable of reaching the most extreme opposites in the spectrum of behaviors: We can be intelligent, thoughtful, creative, altruistic, compassionate, wise, gentle, excruciatingly beautiful. And we can be greedy, selfish, intolerant, destructive, corrupt, barbarous, cruel, deceitful, grotesquely oblivious to our own monstrosities.

I believe it is extremely important in our education to acknowledge both sides … the beautiful and the horrific in us; the terrifying reaches of our inhumanity and the beautiful summits of our humanity … together they tell us how we have come to be what we are.

From a chimp-like humanoid to the evolving creature we call Homo Sapiens, we have adapted to every habitable niche on the surface of the planet; we have learned to manage the resources of the Earth to feed our exploding population growth; we have overcome the limitations of our organic senses to explore the immensity of the universe and the microscopic world of the atomic particles; we have evolved sophisticated languages to talk about life, love, wisdom, happiness;  we have the capacity to reach extraordinary heights of altruism during catastrophic events; we have developed amazingly complex technologies to create, among other things, a hand-held gadget that connects us with the rest of us; we have become aware of the amazing beauty of our own awareness.

But we have allowed greed to become the driving force behind our economic, religious, and political paradigms. A selfish, reckless greed for power and possessions that has overtaken us, blinding us to such levels of irrationality that knowingly, we … the most thoughtful, creative, altruistic, compassionate, wise, gentle, excruciatingly beautiful animal on Earth … send millions of us into abject poverty and desperation, and we, with full knowledge of what we are doing, devise weaponry capable of wiping life off the face of the Earth.

Most behaviors that drive us to commit horrible things … selfishness, blindness, intolerance, corruption, destructiveness, cruelty, deceitfulness … stem from our greed. Recognizing this may be a first step in understanding why we, Homo Sapiens (wise!!!), have come to create a world where in the midst of obscene wealth millions die of starvation; a world where the profits of the war machine are of more consequence than the millions killed by the ravages of manufactured conflict; a world where the horrors committed in the name of greed make it difficult for us to see how beautiful we are.

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198 – What have we created? …

What have we created that when faced with of a society where the future is a bleak promise of constant conflict, destruction, intolerance, hate, cruelty, division, irrationality, deceit, inequality;

where half the population struggles to make ends meet while the other half struggles not to notice, and there is no time left to hear the young cries of distress;

where opioids and weapons of war are abundant and easier to get than a six-pack of beer;

where suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people between the ages of 10 and 24; *

where prostituted educational systems brainwash young minds to believe that it is right to promote the deadly corporate agenda pillaging the earth, stealing their future, obliterating hope;

a society so accomplished and resourceful, so promising, yet so distraught by intolerance, by our terrifying silence about the ravages we cause, the pain we inflict, that a seventeen-year-old in Texas, a nineteen-year-old in Florida, a fifteen-year-old in Kentucky … to name just a few of the kids behind dozens of school shootings … can come, with horrific premeditation, to the decision that the only alternative is to kill as many people as possible?

What have we created?

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*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

197 – Self-Reflection is Innate in Nature …

Why is it so difficult for the human mind to comprehend the premise that self-reflection is innate in Nature? How else can anything on its own power attain stability, cohesion, balance, form, if not with introspection about itself?

Think about a tree. To grow on its own power into a cohesive and functional form, a tree must attain relatively constant equilibrium between its intake of energy from the environment and the energy it exerts to produce its physical structure. It cannot exist otherwise.

Or our solar system. To develop on its own power into a cohesive, functional and relatively stable system, our solar system must attain constant equilibrium between its force of attraction and its force of resistance. It would collapse otherwise.

Or ourselves. To develop on our own power into a cohesive, dynamic, and relatively stable organism, we must attain constant equilibrium between our level of activity and our intake of nutrients. We collapse otherwise.

Any two forces, elements, or quantities that develop as a unit, cannot attain relatively constant equilibrium … one always measuring the other … without a degree of self-reflection. This capacity, although mostly instinctive, is innate in Nature.

Yet we … the human animal … have evolved the capacity of conscious self-reflection, to be aware of our capacity to reflect upon ourselves and our world. But this level of self-reflection is just a small step up on the ladder of our ongoing evolutionary development.

So how, I wonder, would we be like when, and if, we come to possess higher degrees of conscious self-reflection than the germinal one we possess today? Would we be able to perceive our connection with everything in Nature through the fierce power of Life in us to self-generate, adapt, and survive? Or would we perhaps be able to reflect upon our genesis and trace the making of our destiny to evolve a mind … atom by atom, cell by cell, connection by connection …that perceives the Order that created it?

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196 – I am a Presence in the Universe

I am a presence in the Universe,

A catalyst for transformation.

Aware of my own awareness

I trace the making of my destiny,

And knowing where I must go

I set my mind free.

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195 – On Vacation …

I am on vacation.  If everything goes as planned I will post again on May 1, 2018.

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194 – Evil does not exist …

The history of how man acquired power and control over his world is full of examples of lies fabricated to shift blame for his destructive actions, or to avoid acknowledging his ignorance about events he could not understand.

The concept of ‘evil’ in some cultures and religious beliefs is an example of a lie fabricated in early patriarchal civilizations to avoid responsibility for men’s cruel and vengeful actions and blame them on someone or something else. As a result, we are now not only extremely good at lying and shifting responsibility for the consequences of our actions, but we have become the cruelest and most destructive species on earth.

Catastrophes and astronomical events like epidemics, floods, solar eclipses, were also blamed on ‘evil forces’, but this is more difficult now with the technological advances that help us explain their causes.

It is my belief that, historically, the main culprit reinforcing the fallacy of the existence of ‘evil’ throughout the ages has been the Roman Catholic Church. Under pressure to protect its fundamental dogma of an ‘all-knowing and omnipotent god’ in the face of the destructive and cruel aspects of man and Nature, the Church fabricated the lie of a powerful and evil ‘dark angel’ to blame for god’s folly.

How have the men of the Roman Church been able to get away with this lie, is beyond conception? The lie is pathetic. How can an ‘all-knowing and omnipotent god’ not know the consequences of what ‘he’ was creating? Yet with the horrors of the Inquisition, the barbarism of the Crusades, the threat of eternal punishment in ‘hell’ for disobeying patriarchal authority, this lie has been deeply imprinted on the minds of its believers while turning into a bonanza for greedy minds: If the men of the Church can shift responsibility upon others for their lies, why not the common man. The allure of this train of thought spread to other beliefs and has disastrously come to dominate entire cultures.

It is thus extremely disconcerting to see people who seem intelligent and learned, especially politicians, heads of corporations, religious and political leaders, lie with impunity and without a hint of compassion for the human beings they are blaming for their crimes.

Nature is the creative evolutionary process that amid constant change progresses towards complexity and order. This progression is achieved through the innate capacity of its creations to attain developing states of equilibrium between the energy consumed and the energy exerted. Nothing in Nature, as far as we know, can develop, survive, and transform itself and its environment without some degree of equilibrium, as is the case with the human fetus. From the moment the human fetus begins to develop, we consume sources of energy from the nutrients of the placenta, exerting the energy into growth and activity in equivalent measure to the quantity of the energy consumed, and the waste and gas produced in the process are disposed of via our mother’s blood supply. We instinctively know how to sustain this process in relative equilibrium while creating a complex and beautiful human being.

As all the myriad components of our Universe, we fuel our existence by consuming sources of energy … other forms of Life, other creatures, other systems … don’t we kill other living things to exist?

The essence of Nature is transformation through creation and destruction; its evolutionary process could not exist without either one. But because the destructive side is chaotic, full of uncertainty, and oftentimes catastrophic and devastating to human life, it does not mean it is ‘evil’; it is just the essential complement that nurtures the progression of the creative side towards complexity and order.

Evil does not exist.

When will the human mind be able to realize that it has been duped by a lie?  Evil is a fabrication like those of mermaids and unicorns. But this lie imprisons the human mind and drives us into deception and cruelty.

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