142 – Destructive/Creative Nature …

Destruction in Nature, although cyclical in some cases and pre-determined by evolutionary forces in others – tornadoes, epidemics – is chaotic and volatile in its passage towards Creation.

Creation, on the other hand, is self-determined and ordered yet supple and ingenious in its progression. This is evident in the steady self-generation and self-organization toward higher and higher levels of complexity and order in Nature.

Destruction and Creation are balancing forces in Nature’s evolutionary process. Creation cannot exist without some form of Destruction, nor Destruction without some form of Creation.

Every physical system in Nature, every atom, every cell, every human being, every solar system, every galaxy, progresses through a continuous process of consumption (destruction) and dissipation (creation). This primal process makes the system dependent on the availability of the resources it needs to survive, a dependency that incites creativity in the system as it strives to adapt amid changing environments.

Evolution has taken us, as far as we can tell, to become the most highly self-reflective species on earth. But blinded by destructive ideologies and conflict-ridden dogmas, we have not been able to attain a creative Vision for the future of our species and are instead ignoring the threat of our rampant growth to the environment in which our lives depend.

We are lost without a Vision.

What a tragedy this is! With the dawn of Conscious Self-reflection in us, we are lost under the stubbornness, and blind aggression of ideologies that are forcing not only the power of our creativity into perpetuating a horrible cycle of destruction, but also the creativity of Nature into correcting the imbalance we have created in ways perhaps that may not be as beneficial to our evolution as the ones we have enjoyed for eons of time.

Whatever we call our species – Humankind, Humanity, Homo Sapiens – we are part of Nature, and as such, creative and destructive physical systems subject to its laws.

We are a congregation of billions of human beings, each striving to find a purpose in life, each participating with some degree of choice in the evolution of the species, each dependent on a balanced consumption and dissipation of energy sources in order to survive. And as such, we have been proven to be highly creative, but also horribly destructive. But by letting our creativity serve the destructiveness of our exponential growth and the levels of our consumption, we have broken the natural equilibrium of the earth.

Revised September 2020   

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