Archive for June, 2012

57 – On Wisdom …

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Wisdom is our most exalted quality. It is the primordial, creative and self-reflective Force that, throughout eons of evolution, has built in our minds the potential to advance into greater and greater understanding of ourselves and our symbiotic relationship with the world that gives us Life.

So how bad the betrayal of a Human Mind must be to come to think that to better our world we must destroy it?

Yet this is the way those making the decisions for us think … so far, so far away from Wisdom … forcing populations to consume without moderation, inciting division and hate, pushing essential knowledge about our complete dependency on Nature to the bottom rungs of Education, with the purpose of increasing their wealth and power while completely disregarding the destructive impact of their actions on the environment on which our lives depend.

Under the domination of this devastating way of thinking, our centers of Knowledge … our schools, our colleges, our universities … are bent into promoting the most destructive and unsustainable economic doctrine our world has known.

I do believe that most of our leaders arrived at their positions driven by a youthful and honest intention to do good, but they are corrupted by a dogmatic and inflexible way of thinking that re-enforces a Paradigm in which Nature is perceived as a resource to be exploited, where irrationality is absurdly respected, and where unsustainable and un-natural growth is the measure of progress.

It is baffling to see that Science, entrusted with a catalog of Theories that were they not drowned in bureaucracy and obscurity, would open the doors into a new Paradigm with which we can begin to conceptualize the Universal in us; the primordial Forces that put us together … atom by atom, cell by cell … into a highly dependent yet immensely adaptable design.

From a very early age in our lives we are driven away from Wisdom. It is thus most of us cannot see the beauty blatantly displayed in front of our eyes: The beauty of a Universal Order that defines our lives and binds us to others. The Beauty of ancient creative forces that instinctively drive us to move onward, seeking stability while striving to leave our mark in the world.

Under our current Paradigm we are told that we are too insignificant in the infinite scheme of the Universe to have Meaning. In Blaise Pascal’s words: “For after all what is man in Nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed”. And yet … and yet! … in this ‘central point’ where we find ourselves, we somehow know how to bring together the infinitely small in our bodies and meaningfully move their intricate organization … at will … to perpetuate Life and try to unravel the profound yet decipherable secret in which we are engulfed.

I am not even that clever, but the immense crisis our dominant Paradigm is bringing on us is crystal clear to me. Under our current understanding of Nature … devised hundreds of years ago when our numbers did not affect the environment the way we are affecting it now … we have turned into a devastating species.

While obliterated by the lies constantly fed to us to support this devastation, there is a magnificent Order we don’t know much about yet glimpse at momentarily when we hold the miracle of a new born life in our arms, or when we witness the movement of creation and dissipation and re-creation within us and around us, or when we are touched by the implacable fury or the delicate tenderness of Nature, or when we are filled with inexpressible wonder in a moment of ecstasy, or when we delve into the realm of Wisdom and sense the universal forces … the ancient and organized and creative movement of atoms and molecules within us … unraveling into greater understanding of ourselves and our world.

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56 – E=mc2 and us (Part II) …

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Theoretically we know that Atoms are the stuff we are made of, yet we think of them as something alien, something out of another realm; something that has nothing to do with us. We think of them as composed … without meaning or purpose … of incomprehensibly small billiard-ball-like electrons going around a nucleus in the center of mostly empty spheres.

Early in the Twentieth Century our Solar System was used as an analogy to more or less try to understand and visualize the structure of the Atom. And most of us still cling to this analogy … this is obvious in the imagery we continue to use to portray Atoms.

Although somehow misleading, this analogy does point to some very obvious similarities: The electrons in Atoms circle around a nucleus in more or less stable orbits – same for our Solar System where the planets circle the Sun in more or less stable orbits. The combined mass content of the electrons is miniscule in relation to the size of the entire Atom – same for the combined mass content of the planets which is minute in relation to a Solar System hypothesized to extend to the Oort Cloud nearly a light-year away from the Sun. The space in which electrons and nucleus attract each other is vast and mostly empty – same for the vast expanses of space in which planets and Sun attract each other which appears to us to be mostly empty.

Where the analogy is very misleading is in the assumption that the space in which the planets interact is empty. It is not. It is Energy. But because we cannot see it, we cling to what our limiting organic senses allow us to perceive, and then force that perception into our understanding of Reality

According to the universal scope of E=mc2, as explained in Einstein’s own words, The mass of a body (or system) is a measure of its energy content.” [1]

In other words, no matter how big, or small, or compact, or supple a body might be, its mass content (the combined volume of its parts) must equal the energy required to keep the parts together as a cohesive unit. These two contents complement each other creating myriad compact, flowing, breezy, ethereal forms of Existence as they interact with environments; they are the Fundamental Complements of natural bodies.

As someone said: “mass is condensed energy, energyliberated mass”. These two complements might fluctuate as the body absorbs and releases energy sources, but they must remain in relative equilibrium for the body to have a continuous form of existence … the body disintegrates once this equilibrium can no longer be sustained. This process, so essential to our survival, is so instinctive in our own bodies that we are mostly unaware of it. Yet this is how Life arises, and how it evolves into complexity. It is also how it guides us: There must be Balance within us; without it we distort and infringe.

We are out of balance: Our level of consumption is demanding energy the planet does not have. There are currently not enough sources to sustain the demands of our growth. Like the Atoms in us that sustain equilibrium or dissipate, we either readjust or pay the consequences of our infringement.

Yet powerful, dominant forces, ignorant in their greed, want us to be out of balance and continue growing and consuming as if there is no tomorrow.

Will we let them?

[1] Parenthesis mine.

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