Archive for February, 2013

73 – An Intellectual Revolution is Brewing …

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Most of the men and women making the decisions that affect our survival are refusing to acknowledge … either by silence or denial …   the destructive impact on the environment 1- of our unhealthy population growth 2- the unsustainability of an economic system based on unbounded consumerism and 3- the hate-promoting divisiveness of religious and social-political dogma.

These people are getting richer while watching most of humankind struggle and suffer under decisions made selfishly to promote increased instability and inequality. These are the people supposed to create a better world for Humanity, but are instead destroying the world that feeds and sustains us. How irrational is this!

Although our impact on the environment is unpredictable, the signs of an environment in crisis are undeniable. Everything we do that involves combustion is increasing the acidity of the oceans and the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which already are, according to Wikipedia, higher than any time in the last 800 thousand years. These are colossal changes we are inflicting on the chemical balance of the environment that supports Life on earth.

Yet the profitability of multinational corporations continues to demand a growing number of consumers, and the livelihood of most organized religions continues to depend on an increasing number of followers. So by continuing to promote our abnormal growth and our unsustainable levels of consumption, these two Forces are accelerating a crisis of unprecedented dimensions.

But although the catastrophic signs are imminent, these individuals won’t budge. Our current systems of governance allow them, without consequences, to annihilate rationality, to assume power by deception, to let corruption and predatory greed go unchecked, to incite conflict for ideological or profitable reasons; all of these are done without regards for the devastation inflicted especially on the poor and disadvantaged. These guys are drunk with Power and won’t let go, even if it destroys us all.

But crises are the cauldrons of change. There is, especially amongst young people, an emerging level of higher rationality and a growing empathy for our world; they are rebelling against the greed, the ignorance, and irrationality of our leaders.

An intellectual revolution is brewing amongst the millions who are being oppressed, or forced to face the dismal opportunities of a stolen Future.

“There is a change in consciousness, the intuition that something big is possible; that a great change in the world’s priorities is within people’s grasp.” [1]

[1] From “Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions” by Paul Mason

Revised March 2019

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72 – We are Synthesis of Opposites …

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Our minds are not yet capable of comprehending how atomic particles transform from energy into mass and mass into energy in a constant dance of equilibrium; nor can we yet conceive how atomic particles gather together to form the complex and beautiful organization of our bodies; nor can we yet perceive the Primordial Forces that drive them, like musical notes in the continuum of a melody, to empower us with a relative degree of freedom to play our own music.

Dominated by a Reductionistic methodology, science has led us to believe that we can understand the Essence of Nature by reducing it to its most elementary constituents. Thus we find ourselves desperately searching for the ultimate of all particles, the one scientists call the ‘god’ particle, believing that once isolated it will lead us to the understanding of everything. But by focusing on this approach, we have lost our capacity to perceive the ancient natural Forces (Bonding, Self-organization, Self-generation, Self-perpetuation, Self-reflection) that bind everything together, including us, as fleeting yet significant elements in the continuum of Existence.

This is akin to trying to understand the Essence of a melody by isolating a musical note and losing the melody in the process.

Atomic particles, like genes or cells, can, of course, be physically isolated to understand their characteristics, compositions, propensities, interactions. But by doing so we not only remove them from their natural domains but more importantly, we overlook the Primordial Forces that bind them together into emerging organizations.

The methodology of Reductionism, by itself, gives us an incomplete understanding of Reality. The Essence of an atom, a gene, a cell, a human being, or a musical note for that matter, cannot be comprehended by Isolation or Reduction but by seeing them not only as a complete whole themselves but as complements of a whole.

All natural phenomena are composites of seemingly opposing sides. We are unique and common, destructive and creative, predator and prey, instinctive and self-determined, significant and insignificant, relatively permanent and transient, a part and a whole. And although seemingly opposing, they complement each other; one cannot exist without the other. Therefore, by focusing exclusively on one of the complements, we not only fail to see its co-dependence on the other, but we fail to see the complete phenomenon.

We all have a destructive and a creative side, an instinctive and a self-determined side, an ugly and a beautiful side, a ‘bad’ and a ‘good’ side. And we cannot further the understanding of our own emergence nor of the natural world from which we are emerging, until we accept the Fact that, like everything in Nature, we are a synthesis of opposing yet complimentary sides of Nature.

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