148 – (System[e=mc2]) or simply (S[e=mc2]) …

At the most fundamental level, evolving bodies or systems in our Universe (atoms, cells, human beings, solar systems, galaxies), are a substance of fluctuating yet equivalent mass and energy contents.

An evolving body grows and develops within a supportive environment through a process of assimilation, transformation, and dissipation of energy sources. In this process, energy is converted into mass and mass into energy while their contents remain in equilibrium. This is a primordial process subject to the rigors of the Universal Principle Einstein encompassed in E=mc2, an equation that demands that,  for a body to be functional, it must maintain its mass and energy contents in relative equilibrium. This is explicit in Einstein’s own explanation of his equation “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”. The role of the ‘body’ is to measure the contents and, in symbiosis with environments, maintain them in equilibrium. And when or if for any reason (environmental devastation, disease, age, catastrophic event), the body is rendered unable to abide by the Principle, it either restructures or perish.

Let me apply the rigors of the Universal Principle to a couple of familiar systems: The human body and the human species.

Engendered upon the union of ovum and sperm, we begin our development through a process of assimilation, transformation, and dissipation of energy sources, which are provided at first by the nutrients of the supportive environment of the womb, and then by the environment at large. From the moment the first two cells merge, and by actively abiding by the demands of the Universal Principle, our body takes over its own survival. It is so that, at every step of our development, from the duplication of the first cells to the actions of a mature, self-reflective being, we keep what we consume in relative equilibrium with what we exert. We must restructure if we fail to do so, or otherwise perish.

Our species has evolved within a supportive environment through a primordial process of assimilation, transformation, and dissipation of energy sources in which energy is converted into mass (population) and mass into energy (growth). Whether it is just a few of us or billions, and whether we do it by instinct or self-determination, we abide by the Universal Principle by collectively maintaining in relative equilibrium what we assimilate from the environment with what we dissipate back into it. If we are unable to sustain this equilibrium, we either restructure or perish altogether.

No evolving system we know of in Nature can exist for long without taking active participation in its own survival.

Therefore, whether the body is that of a molecule, a cell, a tree, a human being, a species, a planet, a galaxy, would it not be more accurate for the equation that quantifies the role of our bodies to be represented, instead of E=mc2, by the more factual (System[e=mc2]), or simply (S[e=mc2])?

*Einstein’s September 1905 paper. Highlight mine.

Revised September 2020   

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