146 – We Are Utterly Unique AND Utterly Common AND Utterly Universal …

We are utterly unique … there is no other being exactly like you, or me, in the entire Universe, none … AND we are utterly common … there are billions of beings like you, and me, with relatively the same bodily structure, the same organic senses, the same urge to survive … AND we are utterly universal … as the components we are made out of, and the components we are embedded into, we embody the dictates of a universal mandate: Become, Self-organize, Bond, Self-generate, Adapt, Self-perpetuate, Transform.

In becoming and in the self-organization of our bodies, we have no choice; we are pre-determined by evolutionary consent. But in bonding and self-generating and adapting … whether by instinct or self-determination … we begin our journey as active participants on the wave-like evolutionary movement of our species. And in self-perpetuating and transforming ourselves and our world, we assert our uniqueness through our relative degree of freedom to chose.

Monistic and Dualistic arguments overlook the fact that we are neither monistic nor dualist but syntheses of threefold complementary properties. Embodying the dictates of the universal mandate, we are unique in our individuality AND common in the collective evolutionary movement of the species AND universal in our subjection to a rigorous yet supple mandate.

Niels Bohr’s Complementarity Principle is based on two of the complementary properties: particle-like (unique) and wave-like (collective). The classical example of Complementarity, as it stands today, is the phenomena of Light which is both particle-like AND wave-like. Each photon of Light is particle-like in its uniqueness AND wave-like in the patterns created by their collective interactions with environments. But the Principle of Complementarity has completely overlooked the universal-like complement that dictates Light’s unfolding and without which the phenomena could not exist. Light is particle-like AND wave-like AND universal-like. Not one or the other but all at the same time.

Extrapolating the Principle of Complementarity to the macroscopic world of Species and Solar Systems and Galaxies, it is possible to see that everything in Nature … every physical system or phenomena … obeys the dictates of a universal mandate as syntheses of a threefold set of complementary properties. Look for instance at the Milky Way, at our solar system, at our species, at each one of us. We are all particle-like in our uniqueness AND wave-like in the collective evolutionary movement of our kind AND universal-like in our evolution under the same universal mandate. It is true that I can observe you without the inclusion of how you affect or are affected by the evolutionary process of our species, or I can observe you without the inclusion of the universal mandate that dictates the unfolding of your existence, but by doing this all I get is an incomplete and distorted picture of what you are.

We are synthesis of a threefold set of complementary properties. We are utterly unique AND utterly common AND utterly universal; not one or the other but all at the same time. And not until we incorporate this threefold nature of our being into the understanding of what we are, will we begin to understand what we are.

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