184 – The Meaning, the Essence of E=mc2 …

From ancient times, poets, sages, philosophers, scientists, individual human beings, have pondered about the existence of a Higher Being. We try to understand this Being with beliefs, concepts, names, like Nature, God, Creator, Buddha, Allah, Shiva, the Tao, Life, Spirit, Energy, Universe, and so forth. But the truth is that we do not know with certainty what this Being is, how it emerged into existence, into Life. We have theories, hypotheses, assumptions, but we truly do not know. It is a mystery as profound as the mystery of Life itself. Yet discoveries in science show patterns in our Universe that give us insights into the nature of this Being: One of the patterns is manifested in the recurrence of equilibrium at microscopic and macroscopic levels in Nature.

At this point I must assert two facts that are self-evident to me: 1 – the Universe is the body of a living, intelligent, self-creating, organism and 2 – I am one of its myriad components.

But here is the conundrum:

Regardless of the size or level of complexity of a component, ongoing equilibrium between its elements is not possible without a degree of self-reflection – one element a measure of the other as the component unfolds.

But the deeper I peer into the composition and complexity of our Universe, the less I know about the reason for its existence, its capacity to self-create, the magnificence and ruthlessness of its progression. Yet a force propelling its existence beyond the natural boundaries that check its evolution is conspicuous. That force is self-reflection; Life reflecting upon its own unfolding.

My mind grows beyond the limits of my body, and I am set free to try to know what I am, to know why a Force born into me, etched into me, incites me to reach out, to overcome boundaries, to Know. And yet this Force is, must always be, a reflection of my limitations.

Like the Universe, I am the physical organization of trillions of components. Their combined mass turns into the force of a mind able to reflect upon its own emergence, yet this force reflects my limitations.

Self-reflective equilibrium is the essence of e=mc2 – the equivalence between what is, and what may be.

And because I am one of its components, Einstein’s insight into the nature of our Universe let me peek into the nature of something that is, and what it might be.

Revised February 2021   

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