151 – We are Citizens of the Universe

There is a growing number of people, especially among younger generations, beginning to see that we are not citizens of a Nation but citizens of the World.

This movement has been incited not only by the brutalities committed in the name of Nationalism, but by the disregard of Nations and multi-national corporations for the welfare of the disadvantaged.

With the degree of intelligence we have already acquired through our evolution, it is uncanny to witness a world that disregards the value of human life and oppresses the oppressed through warmongering, terror, cruelty, corruption, poverty.  Aldous Huxley’s words on our war ethos resonate today with intense poignancy: “One has this extraordinary and paradoxical spectacle of unprecedented skill and knowledge and devotion and work and money being poured out on projects which can lead not to life, liberty, and happiness, but only to misery, to servitude, and to death.” [1]

Although it is exciting to see movement towards the recognition of our citizenship of the World, I hope it leads to the recognition of our citizenship of the Universe – as we fundamentally are.

This is why it amazes me to no end to see how scientists, already possessing several physical theories that demonstrate our connection with our Universe, are unable to make the connection. They treat the theories they specialize in as if they have nothing to do with the others, thus overlooking the Universal Process that encompasses them all.

Everything in Nature is bound by and participates in a Universal Process, a Blueprint for development that, beginning upon becoming, proceeds into self-organization, bonding, self-generation, adaptation, self-regulation, self-perpetuation, transformation. Although manifesting in infinitely diverse ways, the universality of this Process is self-evident in all of Nature. Nothing can exist nor be functional without it.

 You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have the right to be here. [2]

Trees, stars, human beings are congregations of interconnected components that intuitively bond together into cohesive, dynamic, pliable, and self-sufficient systems (Bell’s Theorem).

Trees, stars, human beings attain Permanence through a sustained equilibrium between energy consumed and energy generated (Relativity, Dissipative Structures).

Trees, stars, human beings self-contain, self-regulate, self-generate, and self-perpetuate while maintaining a given configuration (Autopoiesis).

Trees, stars, human beings are utterly unique in composition and common in the shared structure of a species and universal in the reiteration of a fundamental blueprint of development (Complementarity, Mandelbrot Set).

Trees, stars, human beings develop in accordance with an evolutionary process that endows them with a degree of freedom in adaptation (Evolution).

Trees, stars, human beings are catalysts for transformation (Quantum Field Theory).

When we look deeply, not into what separates us but what unites us, it is impossible not to see the connection: As the trees and the stars, we are all citizens of the Universe.

 

[1] Aldous Huxley: The Human Situation, Santa Barbara Lectures, 1959

[2] From “Desiderata” by Max Erhmann

Revised November 2020   

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