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 the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras, who said that in Nature “Everything is in everything”. 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 the prowess of their theories, I came to the realization that, as human animals, we are constituent parts of Nature; forms of Life insignificant from the perspective of the Universe, yet significant from the perspective of the world of atomic particles, molecules, 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 in which we exist and 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 feels alien, detached, inscrutable to most of us. The main reason for this detachment is that between the reaffirmation of science and religion that we are separate from those worlds, is about impossible for us to perceive our Oneness, our unity with Nature.

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 connected 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 the power of action and motion in equivalent measure to the energy consumed. [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 a universal blueprint that maps our self-organization, self-generation, bonding, self-regulation, adaptation, self-perpetuation, and transformation [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 survival, and disturbances in the sources challenge our development and may incite/demand not only physical but also perceptual transformations [Dissipative Structures]. We are self-bounded, self-generating and self-perpetuating systems infused with the innate capacity to make and regulate our own components while preserving a fundamental structural configuration [Autopoiesis]. We are relatively self-governed systems bound together through the reiteration of a universal blueprint – a master plan – 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 enfolded in the few scientific theories mentioned above. They describe the steering process of a master plan – a universal blueprint – that inciting creativity through adaptation, fuels the progression of a movement towards Complexity and Order; a progression without which we would not be able to self-reflect upon the meaning and power of our own capacity to self-reflect.

Science and Religion are the two most powerful forces 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?

Reviewed August 2019

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