117 – Can we look not at what Separates us but at what Unites us …

Early in my life I was introduced to the concept that “Everything resembles everything”. The search for the Origin of this concept led me to Anaxagoras, the Greek Philosopher who said that in Nature “Everything is in everything”; the search for its Meaning led me to study the theories of some great thinkers. As I began to understand the Philosophical Thought behind the mathematical and insightful prowess of their theories, I came to the realization that, as a human animal, we are constituent parts of Nature; forms of Life insignificant from the perspective of all of Nature, yet significant from the perspective of the world of the atoms and molecules and cells from which we are made. And so, by trying to understand the world within us, I began to understand its interconnection with the world from which we come to be what we are.

Spiritual leaders and great philosophers have told us in many ways throughout the ages that we are One with the Universe, and although this Truth sounds wonderful, it is alien, detached, inscrutable to us. The main reason for this detachment is that between the reaffirmation of Science … with its increasing capacity to explore the farthest reaches of space and the minute world of the atomic particles … that we are apart from those worlds, and the affirmation of Organized Religions … with their dividing dogmatism that their god is the “true” god … are making it impossible for us to perceive our Oneness, our intimate unity with Nature.

It is thus amazing to realize that Religion, with a fundamental credo that man is created in the image of the Creator, and Science, with enough proven theories which confirm our intimate connection with Nature, have obscured instead of elucidating the connection.

Through proven scientific theories (in brackets below) and the lessons of ancient philosophies, our connection with atoms and galaxies … and with all of Nature … is apparent.

See it for yourself.

As atoms and galaxies … and everything in Nature … * We are congregations of elements unfolding as a unified whole [Bell’s Theorem]. * We are, at the most fundamental level, forms of energy and mass in relative states of equilibrium, and once equilibrium cannot be sustained we cease to exist in our current form [Relativity]. * We are syntheses of complementary properties manifested as particle-like in our individuality and wave-like in our participation in the evolutionary process of a species and universal-like in the sharing of common characteristics; we are not one property at a time, we are all of them at the same time [Complementarity]. * We are embodiments of the pre-disposition of all things in Nature to adapt … with a degree of choice … to changing and challenging environments [Evolution]. * We are transient manifestations of existence developing in relative autonomy, yet we are completely dependent upon our ability to sustain a more or less continuous equilibrium between integration and dissipation of energy sources [Dissipative Structures]. * We are self-bounded, self-generating and self-perpetuating systems infused with the innate capacity to make and regulate our own elements, while preserving a relatively pre-determined structural organization [Autopoiesis]. * We are relatively self-governed systems yet pre-programmed to reiterate the primal mandate to Self-regenerate and Bond amid uncertainty and infinite probabilities; thus ensuring the continuity of a creative evolutionary movement towards Complexity and Order (Mandelbrot Set). * We are instruments for change, ultimately determined by our internal and external environments, yet possessing the extraordinary capacity to manipulate and be manipulated by those environments [Quantum Field Theory]. * We are catalysts for transformation. As the world can change us, we can change the world.

These are some of the fundamental characteristics of the primal mandate steering the natural Process Darwin called Evolution; they are the blueprint that, inciting creativity and a constant movement towards Complexity and Order, has allowed, amid trial and error, the evolution of a being so beautiful as to be able to self-reflect upon the meaning and the power of its own capacity to self-reflect.

Science and Religion are the two most powerful sources influencing our understanding of ourselves and of the world from where we come into existence; shouldn’t we demand of them to focus not on what separates us, but on what unites us?

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