121 – On the Phenomenon of Mind …

There are two great misconceptions in our understanding of the phenomenon of Mind; these errors not only have a destructive impact on our behavior but, most crucially, obscure the true nature of the phenomenon.

Under these misconceptions, we erroneously believe that

1 – the Mind is separate from the Body, and

2 – the Mind is an exclusively human phenomenon.

A relative degree of self-control and a sense of individuality gives us an illusion of separation from the world around us, from other people, from the environment. And a capacity for self-reflection gives us an illusion of specialness, of superiority over the rest of Nature. But having a relative degree of self-control, a sense of individuality and a capacity for self-reflection are not limited to us, the human-animal, these are properties of all purpose-driven organisms. Our delusion is dangerous because it debases Nature and excuses our rapacious devastation of the world that gives us Life.

I do not claim to understand what Mind is, and I thoroughly agree with someone’s wise words that “A Mind cannot understand itself”. But there are self-evident facts that provide us with insights to help us overcome our misconceptions about the phenomenon.

The contents of the Mind are the result not only of the accumulation of evolutionary traits a purpose-driven organism/system brings into existence as a member of a particular species, but are also the accumulation of distinct experiences – positive, negative, intuitive, self-determined, creative, destructive – with which a system orchestrates the creation of a mind to regulate itself and interact with the world. These two factors, accumulation of evolutionary traits and distinct experiences in purpose-driven organisms/systems, are essential for the existence of Mind in Nature. The Mind cannot exist without them, and no system can exist without a Mind.

Whether the system is a cell, a human being, a planet, a galaxy, a Universe, it cannot generate, bond, regulate, organize its own components into a cohesive yet supple purpose-driven system without a Mind, and a Mind cannot be created without the participation of the entire system. The Mind is One with the Body, one cannot exist without the other, and the delusion that this is not true, makes us deny it to the rest of Nature.

Thus we deny the Ovum a Mind, when we now know it chooses a single sperm … an evolutionary, instinctive trait, yes, but that once impregnated it begins one of the most ingenious, intelligent, organized efforts to create, duplication by duplication, a Mind-Body relationship that, relying on its own experiences and the lessons from the past, strives with uncanny self-determination to perpetuate itself.

Thus we deny the Earth a Mind, when we now know it has created stages of relative stability … an evolutionary, instinctive trait, yes, but that it sustains it, persistently and ingeniously seeking equilibrium through eons of time, so Life can come into existence in myriad manifestations searching for a chance to evolve into higher levels of intelligence and paving the way for the Mind to grow aware of itself.

Thus we deny our Universe a Mind, when it is obvious that it could not have evolved, nor continue to evolve into increasing levels of organization and order, without the self-control and self-reflection of a creative, self-determined Mind.

Although all of the above are self-evident if not proven Facts, we will not overcome our illusion of separation and specialness until we accept the Truth that Mind, in its myriad degrees of intuition and self-determination, is innate to all of Nature.

Revised April 2020   

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