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 negation … the destructive impact on the environment 1- of our unhealthy population growth 2- of the unsustainability of economic systems based on unbounded consumerism and 3- of the hate-promoting divisiveness of religious dogma.

These people are getting richer and richer while watching most of humanity struggle and suffer under their destructive decisions … decisions that are made selfishly and purposefully to promote increased instability and inequality.

These are the people supposed to create a better world for Humanity but are instead actually destroying it. How irrational is this! You and I won’t destroy – not if we are rational – the world that feeds and sustains us. And yet this is exactly what these people are doing.

The signs of our impact on the environment are unpredictable and impending. 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 constitution of the environment that supports all of us on earth.

Yet the profitability of multinational corporations continue to demand a growing number of consumers, and the livelihood of most organized religions continue 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 guys won’t change. 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 … and all done without regards for the devastation it oftentimes inflicts on human life. 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 rebelling against the greed, the ignorance and the irrationality of our leaders.

An intellectual revolution is brewing amongst the millions that are being oppressed, or cannot find jobs, or are faced with 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

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72 – We are Synthesis of Opposites …

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Our minds are not yet capable of conceiving the complex and beautiful organization of the atomic particles that form our bodies; nor can we yet comprehend their constant and balanced transformation from energy into mass and from mass into energy; nor can we yet perceive the Primordial Forces that drive atoms … like musical notes in the continuum of a melody … to construct our bodies, molecule by molecule, enabling us to unfold under the constraints of environments and giving us a relative degree of freedom to play our own music.

Dominated by a Reductionistic scientific methodology, we have come to believe that the Essence of Nature can be understood by isolating and reducing it to its elementary constituents … atomic particles, genes, cells … thus we find ourselves desperately searching for the ultimate of all particles … the one scientists are calling the ‘god’ particle … believing that we will be able to understand everything once it is isolated. But while we are focused 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 our bodies together and allow us to come alive as fleeting yet relatively significant elements in the continuum of Existence.

It is like trying to understand the Essence of a Melody by isolating a musical note, while in the process losing The Melody.

Atomic particles, or genes, or cells can be physically isolated to understand their characteristics, constitutions, propensities, interactions. But by doing so we not only remove them from their natural domains, more importantly, we overlook the primordial Forces that Bond them together to form complex and 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 wholly comprehended by Isolation or Reduction. Therefore, complementing Reductionism with a harmonizing methodology … the Theory of Complementarity[1], for instance, with its foundation on the impossibility of fully understanding phenomena by separating it from the conditions from which it emerges … will give us a more truthful and complete view of the world form which we emerge.

All natural phenomena are composites of two or more seemingly opposing sides. As atoms, or molecules, or cells, we are unique and common, destructive and creative, predator and prey, folding and unfolding, instinctive and self-determined, transient and relatively permanent, significant and insignificant, a component part and a complete entity. And although seemingly opposing, the two sides complement each other; one cannot exist without the other. Thus by focusing on only one of the sides, we not only fail to see its co-dependence on the other, but we fail to see the complete phenomenon.

Whatever side of Nature we find ourselves … whether it is our choice or the choice of Nature … we all have a destructive side and a creative side, a primal side and a self-determined side, an ugly side and a beautiful side, a ‘bad’ side and a ‘good’ side. Therefore 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 synthesis of opposites, indivisible from Nature.

[1] See posts 19,20,23 & 24 on Complementarity.

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