144 – An Unorthodox View of Atoms

Even with our advanced evolutionary progress, it has somehow been more difficult for our brains to conceptualize the fact that atoms are our most basic components, as it has been, for instance, to conceptualize the fact that it is the earth that orbits the sun and not the other way around as it appears to our senses, or conceptualize the fact – still with much reticence – that our ancestry is simian and that homo sapiens came out of black Africa.

Atoms, our most basic components and the most basic components of our Universe, are organized into a mere 118 elements (see periodic table below), with some of those elements forming chemical compounds such as molecules, which then organize into cells in us, which then organize into hearts, brains, bone, blood, which then, in concurrence, create the experience of Being.

periodic-table

 

The conciseness and creativity of atoms is undoubtedly the inheritance of a primordial blueprint that charts the development of everything in our Universe: the universal mandate to self-generate, self-organize, bond, self-regulate, adapt, self-perpetuate, transform.

But because we are currently incapable of perceiving how and why atoms follow this universal mandate for their development, we think of them as mechanical structures, void of any intelligence and purpose.

But then, how can we account for the fact that atoms, with mere 118 elements, organize with levels of complexity and versatility that range from molecules to galaxies, from instinct to conscious purpose?

Or how to account for the fact that some of the combinations atoms create as they bond and separate can be as ancient as to have been present since the birth of our solar system, which then demonstrates the unimaginable resilience of their architectures.

Or how to account for the fact that the ability of atoms to associate and dissociate in affinity with changing environments is responsible for most of the creativity we observe in Nature.

If atoms, whether obeying natural laws by pure instinct or degrees of self-determination, can organize into the ingenuity of a DNA molecule, or the immensity of a galaxy, or the ingenuity of the human mind, there is no way to negate their intelligence, and purpose.

As Andre Gide once said, “All this has been said before – but since nobody listened, it must be said again.”

Pythagoras: “Know thyself and thou will know the Universe.” “Thou shall likewise know that according to Law, the nature of the Universe is in all things.” “Astonishing! Everything is intelligent.”

A World Made by Atoms by Margarete Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle:

Small atoms of themselves a world may make,/For being subtle, every shape they take;/And as they dance about, they places find,/Of forms, that best agree, make every kind./For when we build a house of brick, or stone,/We lay them even, every one by one:/And when we find a gap that’s big, or small,/We seek out stones to fit that place withal./For when as they too big, or little be,/They fall away, and cannot stay, we see./So atoms, as they dance, find places fit,/And there remaining close and fast will knit./Those which not fit, the rest that rove about,/Do never leave, until they thrust them out./Thus by their forms and motions they will be,/Like workmen, which amongst themselves agree;/And so, by chance, may a new world create:/Or else predestinate, may work by fate.

Revised September 2020   

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