Archive for November, 2010

19 – I am not ‘me’ or ‘them’, I am both …

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Wars, genocide, hate, bigotry, rape, deceit, starvation, decimation of species, imposition of ignorance, unparalleled levels of corruption that send millions into abject poverty and despair while a few embezzle and accumulate obscene wealth. As we look at Humanity today, it is obvious that the premises of a dominant Paradigm based on greed and consumerism are not only wrong, but biased, cruel and destructive; a Paradigm promoting the belief that we have the right to control and exploit not only Nature but also the vulnerable and feeble, is destroying us.

We are not born upon the earth to rule and destroy, we are born out of the earth, gestated and nurtured by the natural world to grow into organic systems that depend on the environment for survival. We grow out of the earth as commonly structured compounds of cells, with a pulsing heart, a driving sexuality, and a mind that can self-reflect and make choices but cannot exist without Nature.

The purpose of Vision for a New World is to introduce a New Paradigm based, not on destructive premises, but on the premise that all naturally evolving systems – atoms, cells, human beings, planets, stars, galaxies – are united through the universal blueprint of a master plan for building cohesive yet supple structures/organisms/systems innately driven toward order and complexity (see Post 11 for a list of Theories that describe some of the characteristics of this blueprint).

Let’s try some characteristics of the blueprint on you and me: We both grow an organic system that is relatively pre-determined to be cohesive and supple, and we give it functionality and direction and the capacity to sense the environment through the interconnectedness of the entire range of our components (Bell’s Theorem). We feel the interconnectedness of everything in us in conscious and unconscious ways; consciously, for instance, in the intense pleasure-pain-ecstasy of an orgasm; and unconsciously, in the way we maintain our bodies in optimum yet fluctuating states of equilibrium while consuming and dissipating energy sources i.e. we eat and rest to re-store spent energy, and then we use the stored energy to fuel our actions and reactions while maintaining our bodies in relatively constant equilibrium (Relativity). Although the development of our organisms is relatively pre-determined by internal and external environments, we are also endowed with a relative degree of freedom to affect or be affected by the evolutionary movement in which we exist i.e. we can change our surroundings, and we can be changed by them, can we not? (Evolution)

Another characteristic of the universal blueprint is the concept of Complementarity in Nature. Introduced by one of the founders of Quantum Theory, the Danish Physicist Niels Bohr, the concept substantiates the fact that all naturally evolving systems have properties that may appear contradictory but are instead complementary and essential to the system: Light, for instance, is made of the atomic particles we call Photons and the wave-like patterns photons create as they interact with environments. It is obvious that for analytical purposes we can study individual photons with the exclusion of light waves, and vice versa, but the results we get are nothing more than expressions of the same phenomenon. Thus, depending on the observation, we may say that Light can be either particle-like or wave-like. But Light is not one or the other, it is both.

 It is the same with our Mind. Our brain is made of cells we call Neurons and the wave-like patterns neurons create (the mind) as we interact with environments. It is true that we can study a single neuron with the exclusion of the wave-like patterns of our minds, and vice versa, but those are just expressions of the same phenomenon. The Mind is not one or the other, it is both.

It is the same with Humankind. Our species is made of unique individual human beings like you and me and the wave-like patterns of growth and motion and direction that we, as a multi-billion-system/organism, create as we interact with each other and with environments. It is obvious that we can focus on a single human being with the exclusion of the whole species, and vice versa, but those are just expressions of the same phenomenon. Humankind is not one or the other, we are both at the same time.

In other words, we are utterly unique individuals AND the species we call Humankind, not just ‘me’ or ‘them’, both at once. This is a beautiful Truth. Our individuality is an expression of One powerful and amazing organism that, although relatively determining our evolution, we can also determine.

These are some of the characteristics that unite all universal components, including you and me, into the supple and cohesive organism/system we call our Universe.

Revised February 2018

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18 – Relativity [E=mc2] and us …

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The beauty and significance of Einstein’s e=mc2 have not been generally grasped by the non-mathematical mind, mainly because the explanation of the equation does not give us a frame of reference. Einstein discovered Nature’s innate search for equilibrium, and he quantified it with a body in mind; in his own words: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.” But under our current understanding of the equation we do not know whose, or what kind of body he was talking about.

There is no refuting the facts that 1 – all things in Nature … molecules, cells, bone structure, trees, us, metals, gases, mountains, planets, suns, etc., etc. … whether we can see them or not, are bodies or systems made of congregations of atoms, and 2- that, to continuously exist as a cohesive unit, these bodies or systems must find a way to sustain a relatively constant equilibrium between their energy and mass contents. This is the meaning of the equal symbol in the equation.

Oftentimes consciously, but mostly instinctively, our bodies experience this constant search for equilibrium when, for instance, wethe commanding element, the operator of the system … feel the need/urge to re-plenish spent energy, and so we rest or ingest energy sources. We then transform that energy into motion, or into the generation of new cells, or into the power, and the decisions, that fuel our development.

Thus, the question begs to be asked: Where are WE, the commanding element, the operator of the body/system in e=mc2? Where is the operator that knows how to interchange fundamental forces while keeping them in equilibrium? Where is the commanding element that keeps each content a measure of the other? Wouldn’t it then be more realistic to express the equation as (System [e=mc2]), so what monitors the fundamental forces and knows how to keep them in balance is included?

To understand the essence of a natural system, whether it is an atom, a cell, a human being, a planetary system, a universe, we must include the commanding element that binds and directs them, whether instinctively or self-determinedly, into continuous yet supple stages of relative equilibrium.

But although having a frame of reference will help us get a better sense of the significance of the equation, the greatest obstacle to a worldwide acceptance is our unfounded fear to integrate into our minds the irrefutable fact that there is immense power within us to master the two fundamental complements, but with the irrevocable condition that we keep them in equilibrium.

It is therefore disturbing to realize that instead of giving us moral direction to find the knowledge of the power contained within us, current scientific ideology consents without an outcry to use knowledge of this power to do something as horrible as the sparing of the city of Hiroshima from conventional bombing so it could serve as a pristine target for a monstrous experiment, or to do something as vile as the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent people for no other reason than to satisfy the utter arrogance and greed of a head of state, or to do something as harmful as the condoning of contraceptives by a religious leader knowing full well the destructive impact of over-population  that has thrown us out of equilibrium with our planet,

For hundreds of years science has been a fountain of sanity, but it has allowed its moral authority to be compromised by losing its soul to weaponry and bigotry, and thus it now stands silenced to decry torture and the imposition of ignorance and irrationality by world leaders lacking a vision for Humanity other than ‘progress’ through the destruction of the world that gives us life.

The power of Einstein’s visionary insight is apparent in the amazing capacity of our solar system to sustain a favorable equilibrium for eons of time so our planet can bring conscious self-awareness into life, or in the beautiful attempt of a baby to stand alone trying to find the internal equilibrium that empowers unimaginable possibilities. Yet knowledge about this is overruled by greed, irrationality, and intolerance.

Revised July 2017

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