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

From ancient times, poets, sages, saints, philosophers, scientists, cults, the individual human being, have pondered about the existence of a higher Being. We try to understand this Being with names, beliefs and concepts like Nature, Universe, God, Buddha, Allah, Shiva, the Tao, Life, Spirit, Energy, Creator, etc., etc. But the truth is that we do not know with certainty what this Being is, nor how it emerged into existence, into Life. We have assumptions, theories, hypothesis, but we truly do not know. It is a mystery, as profound as the mystery of Life itself. Yet there is a property of this Being we have come to know through science, and this is that energy and mass played, and continues to play, a fundamental role in its emergence and development, establishing a symmetry where energy is a measure of its mass, and mass a measure of its energy (e=mc2). This symmetry provided the stability essential to its evolution into the unfolding complexity we strive to comprehend.

But this symmetry, this equilibrium in which the content of an element is a constant measure of another, cannot be attained without a degree of self-reflection. As any other body or system in our Universe, the energy sources my changing body consumes must be a continuous measure of its exertion. I could not exist otherwise. And whether I do it consciously or unconsciously, this constant balancing act is not possible without a degree of self-reflection.

Self-reflection is the foundation of Life.

What is beautiful about the level of knowledge we currently have about our Universe, is that science has opened windows to the human mind which organized religion has kept tightly closed with dogma. Those open windows let me peer into the behavior and organization of the Being I am a part of: How, for instance, as I emerged myself, it has emerged with the innate urge to adapt and survive; how, as I evolve myself, it evolves, tentatively, yet steadily, toward higher levels of complexity and order; how, as I do myself, it controls yet frees its own creations, imprinting them with a code of rules that must be followed, yet can be bent.

But the deeper I peer into the composition and complexity of our Universe, the less I know about the reason for its existence, its symmetry, its creativity, the magnificence and ruthlessness of its power. Yet there is a conspicuous Force that propels its existence beyond the natural boundaries that check its evolution; this Force is Self-reflection. The riddle of Life trying to understand itself; the Force of Life reflecting upon its own force. My mind grows beyond the limits of my own body, and I am set free. I am set free to know what I am, to know why a Force inside of me, born into me and all around me, wants me, incites me to reach out, to overcome boundaries, to know. But this Force is, must always be, a reflection of my limitations.

Energy equals mass times the speed of Light squared. The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content. I am an organization of about 37 trillion cells plus trillions of bacteria. Their combined mass is the measure of the power I have not only to give structure, motion and purpose to my body, but also the power of a mind able to conceptualize an entire Universe, and wonder about its emergence, about its purpose. Body and mind supporting the symmetry that creates me, that gives me life; measuring each other, reflecting upon one another.

The meaning, the essence of e=mc2 is Self-reflection, the foundation of Life.

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