272 – UNIVERSAL MATRIX …

The Universal Matrix, consisting of a set of fundamental properties and a blueprint for development, is the supple code from which evolving systems in our Universe – atoms, cells, species, you and me, galaxies, the Universe itself –  originate, develop, and take form.

The chart below lists some of the fundamental properties and the scientific theories from which they ensue. [1] These fundamental properties are intrinsic and non-negotiable, in other words, they are indelible.

(Reiteration: repetition, duplication, reflection, copy, embodiment) * (Propagation: spread, promote, diffuse, make copies)

The chart below lists the elements of a Universal Blueprint that guides the development of evolving systems in our Universe. These elements are intrinsic and negotiable. In other words, they are what give evolving systems the freedom to transform and be transformed by environments.

 

 

 

 

Our Universe, and everything it encompasses evolves in accordance with a process in which a Universal Matrix that binds yet gives freedom is reiterated on every component, and every component reiterates it on their own components, and those components on their own components, and so forth ad infinitum. This ongoing sequence of duplication and propagation renders all evolving systems in our Universe, including you and me, reiterations and reiterators of a Universal Matrix that endows us all with a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world.

This is how our solar system has evolved from a cloud of dust and ice into a vessel for the manifestation of Life into myriad forms; this is how you and I have evolved from our simian ancestry to become aware of our own awareness; this is how Life looks at itself and wonders.

[1] The properties of the Universal Matrix have been derived from my non-scientific understanding of scientific theories. For example, Interconnectedness is, to me, the fundamental property of Bell’s Theorem, or Self-reflective Equilibrium is the fundamental property of Relativity. The elements of the Universal Blueprint have been derived from my understanding of evolutionary processes in Nature, for instance, how evolving systems self-organize and adapt with a degree of freedom in adaptation.

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271 – Have you ever thought … ?

Have you ever thought about the process in which two cells, an ovum and a sperm, each from a different body, became You? How did you, then a zygote,[i] know how to follow a process that unfolding for eons of time initiated your own self-generation … one cell into two, two into four, four into eight, and so forth … and got going the development of your existence?

Have you ever thought about the level of organization and planning that was already embodied in those pioneering cells? How did they determine the distinctiveness of you … the color of your eyes, the pigment of your skin, the type of your blood … and how was this information reiterated in every new cell, and how specialized cells were created to focus on the organization of your skeleton, your heart, your reproductive system, and a nervous system with a level of self-awareness that allows you to interact with the world without having to be aware of the shaping, the regulating, the replacing processes going on all the time within you.

Have you ever thought about the primordial forces that made you develop a male or a female reproductive system? How did you, when that critical decision was made, recognized the call of a species that tends to equilibrium between the sexes (the sex ratio of most species that produce offspring through sexual reproduction, notwithstanding events that decimate or slow its growth, is approximately 1:1 between males and females).

Have you ever thought about the fathomless process of self-organization going on right now inside your body so you can be You? Have you ever thought about how the pre-meditated process of organizing and giving you life is done almost entirely without a hint from you? Have you ever thought about asking Who, if it is not you, is doing the organizing?

Have you ever thought …?

[i] A zygote is a eukaryotic cell formed by a fertilization event between two gametes (reproductive cells). The zygote’s genome is a combination of the DNA in each gamete and contains all of the genetic information necessary to form a new individual. In multicellular organisms, the zygote is the earliest developmental stage. Wikipedia

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270 – Imagination is our Sixth Sense

Our perception of reality is constructed in our brains with the input of our senses, and it is put together through a process in which neurons – our information cells – working together with regular cells, create a mind free to unleash the world of the imagination yet constricted by the landscape of reality.

Encased inside our skull, the only contact our brains have with the outside world is through a set of organic senses that, like Touch or Taste let us experience our immediate world, or Vision which let us see the world around us and the faraway worlds of the stars, or Imagination which let us create images of the worlds we can touch, taste, see, and the worlds we cannot.

Like Touch or Vision or Taste, the sense of Imagination is organic; it affects our choices and even hurts us and makes us smile. Like Touch or Vision or Taste, Imagination is the result of the neuronal activity in our bodies, and the input we receive from the environment, and the life-history of the beholder.

But unlike Touch or Vision or Taste, Imagination is boundless. Our sense of vision, for instance, out of myriad stars in the Universe only lets us see our closest neighbors. While Imagination, boundless but for the walls we build to constrain it, let us imagine the entire Universe.

Imagination is our sixth sense. Set it free.

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269 – Freedom of Choice …

Freedom of choice describes an individual’s opportunity and autonomy to perform an action selected from at least two available options, unconstrained by external parties. Wikipedia [highlight mine].

Because our choices are constrained by external parties, most human beings do not have freedom of choice. Our decisions, our actions, our choices, our dreams are dominated by the ideologies and beliefs of others. Just think how much our perception of ourselves and our world is manipulated by Organized Religions, Politics, Economics, the Media, and, especially, by the takeover of Education of a corporate mentality.

What we call ‘Freedom of Choice’ is fragile as a chimera.

Freedom of choice, to me, is having the capacity to explore what it means to be Human amid the vastness of the world we inhabit and the microscopic world from which we are made, and to love who we want to love and love what we want to do, constrained only by the search for Truth and Happiness and the knowledge that, even if our Freedom of Choice is fragile as a chimera, we can still change the world.

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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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