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 its origin led me to the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras, who said that in Nature “Everything is in everything”. And the search for the meaning of his words led me to study the theories of some of Humanity’s great thinkers. As I began to understand the philosophical thought behind their ideas, I came to the realization that, as human animals, we are constituent parts of Nature, insignificant forms of Life from the perspective of the Universe, yet significant from the perspective of the world of the atomic particles, the molecules, and the cells from which we are made. And so, by trying to understand the world within us, I began to understand the connection between the world of the microcosm, and the world in which we experience, and the world of the macrocosm in which everything exists.

Spiritual leaders and great thinkers have told us in many ways throughout the ages that we are One with the Universe, and although this Truth sounds wonderful, it feels alien, detached, inscrutable to most of us. The main reason for this detachment is that between the reaffirmations of the physical sciences that we are separate from Nature by not including us in their theories, and the assertions of organized religion that we are a “special” creation, is about impossible for us to perceive our Oneness, our unity with Nature.

But through proven scientific theories [in brackets below] and the lessons of ancient philosophies, our connection with all of Nature is apparent.

See it for yourself:

As atoms, and galaxies, and everything else in Nature, we are congregations of components cohesively organized and interconnected as a unified whole [Bell’s Theorem]. We are, at the most fundamental level, contents of energy and mass in relative states of equilibrium – we consume energy, convert it into mass, and then exert it as growth, action, and motion in equivalent measure with the energy consumed [Relativity]. We are syntheses of complementary properties manifested as particle-like in our individuality and wave-like in the evolutionary process of a species and universal-like in the universal blueprint that maps our development, not one at a time, all at the same time [Complementarity]. We are open, learning systems with a relative degree of freedom in adaptation, yet ultimately determined by our internal and external environments [Evolution]. We are transient manifestations of existence completely dependent for our development on energy sources for our survival; disturbances in the sources challenge our development and may incite/demand not only physical but also perceptual transformations [Dissipative Structures]. We are self-bounded systems self-perpetuating by the generation of our own components while preserving a fundamental structural configuration [Autopoiesis]. We are self-governing systems bound together through the reiteration of a master plan – a universal blueprint[1] – that maps with a degree of flexibility our development (Mandelbrot Set). We are dynamic forces with the capacity to manipulate and be manipulated by the movement of Evolution and transcend into higher levels of complexity [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 properties of naturally evolving systems proven by the few scientific theories mentioned above. They describe the steering process of a master plan – a universal blueprint – that unites everything in Nature, including us, in inciting the progression of the evolutionary movement towards Complexity and Order.

Science and Religion are the two most powerful forces influencing how we understand ourselves and 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?

“Everything is in everything.”

Revised April 2020   

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

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