Archive for August, 2010

13 – Relativity = Self-reflection (Part I)

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Relativity, along with Evolution, is one of our most popular scientific theories. But as Evolution has been reviled for telling the truth and has been misconstrued by being turned into the destructive concept of ‘Might makes Right”, so the theory of Relativity has been constricted almost exclusively to the realm of mathematics and has been restricted by the limits of the speed of Light. And although Relativity does have something to do with the speed of Light and the prowess of its mathematics, its true essence rests not on those, but on the self-reflective equilibrium between the energy and mass of natural systems.

In 1905 Einstein postulated that “the mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”, and with E=mc2 he quantified that measure: Energy equals the mass content of a body times the speed of Light squared.

Natural systems are always changing under the demands of their internal and external environments; energy is transformed into mass and mass is liberated into energy, but the contents remain in relative equilibrium (greater mass = greater energy, less mass = less energy).

Our organic senses are not sophisticated enough to perceive the dimensions of the atomic elements we are made of, nor the planetary or galactic dimensions in which we are embedded. But we do perceive, albeit mostly instinctively, the need for constant equilibrium between the energy and the mass contents of our bodies; and so, amid change, we keep them in constant equilibrium by increasing or decreasing their contents in equal measure. This is how we grow out of the union of an ovum and a sperm into complex and cohesive organisms. This is why we crave for sustenance and rest when we need to replenish the energy spent in action and motion. This is why we feel depleted and perplexed after the physical exertion of a sexual climax. This is how we exercise power; this is how we are subdued by it.

As described in Post 6, and as quantified by e=mc2, we know for a fact that atomic particles are fundamentally made of immense amounts of energy and minute concentrations of mass. And since our bodies are a congregation of myriad atomic particles, it follows that we are powerhouses of energy.

This is undeniably demonstrated by the reach of the energy generated by a Galilei, or an Einstein, or a Gandhi, or even a Hitler. But dominant doctrines do not allow us to know the power contained within us … it is colossal … and it terrifies them … and it frightens us.

Once again, the visionary words of Marianne Williamson come to mind: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”.

Revised 11/16/16

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12 – Why have we made our most pressing problem – overpopulation – a taboo issue?

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

We know as an indisputable fact that we cannot continue growing and overpopulating the earth at current rates – adding ~80 million more of us each year – without overwhelming the environment in which our lives depend, but we don’t want to talk about it.

Is it because religious beliefs prohibit us from understanding the pleasures and consequences of our sexuality?

Is it because dominant economic models demand greater consumption without regards to sustainability?

Is it because Science, after so many scientists have been silenced, is afraid to refute the irrational and damaging fallacies of political and religious dogma?

Ignoring the destructive power of overpopulation is like ignoring the uncontrolled spread of a cancer destroying its host organism, but this is exactly what we are doing when confronted with the overwhelming signs of environmental upheaval:

global warming

melting ice caps

decimation of species

sinking water tables

expanding deserts

dwindling fisheries

and the list goes on and on

The innate pleasure we feel in sexual intercourse is a natural force that drives us to bond and impels the evolution of our species; it is the primeval and tangible force behind the self-perpetuation of Life. Inhibit it, as the Catholic Church does, and it leads to dysfunction. Un-inhibit it, as our greedy economic and political models do by perpetuating poverty and ignorance, and it leads to over-population. It is thus chilling to see how our dominant doctrines continue to cling to the twisted concept that keeping us ignorant is the best tool to advance their ideologies. The consequences of ignoring our total dependency on the same environment we are consuming are devastating. And if we continue doing so, we might end up on the long list of extinct species.

Understanding the impact of our emergent species on the finite resources of the planet lies in understanding ourselves: How gullible and submissive we can be in our unquestioning acceptance of blatant deceit yet how ingenious and gutsy in our capacity to change and adapt.

Couldn’t we start a dialogue to try to understand what it means to be a human being in an intimate and symbiotic relationship with our environment, instead of trying to suppress it?

Revised 10/24/16

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