Archive for May, 2013

79 – Essential Pre-requisites for Life

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
  • We cannot be alive without the pliable membrane, the sensory boundary that enfolds us into self-organized, self-motivated, self-emergent systems.
  • We cannot be alive without the ongoing primal cycle that mandates us to consume energy, transform it into the mass of our bodies, then release it back as motion and action and determination.
  • We cannot be alive without the innate capacity of our bodies to conserve a steady temperature level notwithstanding the fluctuations of our internal and external environments.
  • We cannot be alive without the power … the Mind … generated by all of our components working together, wittingly or unwittingly, to support our growth, our development, our interactions, our determination.
  • We cannot be alive without the relative degree of self-reflection that impels us to constantly balance … while we change and unfold … how much energy to consume and how much to expend.
  • We cannot be alive without the constant re-generation and re-organization of our own components, while we continue to preserve the same fundamental self.
  • We cannot be alive without our primal ability to construct and direct an environmentally-fit-structure, self-regulating enough to comply with natural rules yet free enough to explore new possibilities.
  • We cannot be alive without the support and the limitations of an environment that physically directs our evolution yet allows us to become forces of transformation.

We cannot exist as a living system without these essential pre-requisites, but neither can

cells,

the earth,

the atomic elements,

solar systems,

galaxies,

our own Universe

… you can prove this yourself by going through the list above  and applying to each one of them the complete list of pre-requisites … thus re-asserting the Fact that we all are alive because we exist in a living Universe.

But limited not only by organic senses that do not physically allow us to perceive the self-directed emergence of the Universe in which we ourselves self-emerge, but also limited by the ignorant and vicious ideologies of greed, control and ravaging consumerism of dominant cultures which constrict our education systems and subjugate the power of the human mind, we have been almost totally inhibited from exploring the Fundamental Fact that, like you and I, our Universe is a living system.

As there are undeniable connections between each one of our cells and us … they all know the color of our eyes, the type of our blood, the pigment of our skin … there are undeniable connections between us and the emerging, powerful, fragile, destructive, cruel, unruly, cohesive, creative, tender, ingenious, living creature we call our Universe. Isn’t it thus a tragedy that, instead of creating a world in which we would open doors to the exploration of these connections, we are closing the doors to our chances for survival?

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78 – “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

This set of old questions … immortalized by Paul Gauguin in one of his most beautiful and enigmatic paintings [1] … have always held my fascination. To me they are the most profound questions ever posed to the human mind. It is thus a humbling exercise even to attempt to answer them, but they demand answers. So years ago I began to try. The answers below are very incomplete … to say the least … but I have learned much in the attempt. I will continue to work on them and periodically update them.

Where do we come from?

We emerge into life out of a primordial, creative and unfolding Source. Some of us call it Evolution, but Evolution is just the process of its unfolding. Some of us call it God, but we call God what we don’t understand. Some of us call it Nature, but Nature is just one of its manifestations. Some of us call it the Big Bang, but the Big Bang is just the birth of our Universe.

And even if this ancient Source is unfolding within us and all around us … in the primal flow of our blood, in the increasing complexity of our brains, in the creativity of the changing earth … we are not developed enough to comprehend it.

What are we?

I do not know. But I do know that we are born with the main purpose of regenerating and perpetuating the unfolding of the ancient Source; that we emerge out of this ancient Source endowed with a relative degree of freedom to adapt, to act according to our needs and desires, to transform and be transformed; that we are cohesive organizations of myriad elements working in symbiosis with our environment to originate the mystery of the Mind; that from the dimension of the stars we are infinitesimally small and from the dimension of the atoms we are immensely immense; and yet, like the stars and the atoms, we are sources of Transformation.

Where are we going?

We forge ahead to meet the unknown, mostly driven by primal instincts and limited by the constraints of our internal and external environments, and yet we are pregnant with Possibility. We forge ahead until we no longer can. And so we dissolve into cells and molecules and atoms. But Death is just a door that,  in equal measure to the significance of our lives … what we have done, what we have created, what we have imagined, how we have transformed ourselves, how we have transformed our world … opens up into the ancient Source so we can re-emerge in new and more complex forms of existence.
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Although there are many salient examples of individuals in Human History (Muhammad, Buddha, Jesus, Socrates, Rumi, Da Vinci, Einstein, Beethoven; to name a few) from whom the legacy of their accomplishments re-emerged in new and more complex physical and dynamic forms of existence, and although their legacy is a physical and dynamic force affecting human development … in religions, philosophy, science, the arts … this kind of re-emergence is very difficult for us to conceptualize under our current Paradigm.

Centuries ago, misled by the limitations of our organic senses, the human mind was under the misconception that the earth was the center of the Universe. Today, still misled by the limitations of our organic senses, we are under the misconception of a Paradigm in which our minds are perceived as separate from our bodies and our bodies as separate from their Source. And thus, like our ancestors centuries ago, we question undeniable Facts: We question the Fact that we physically emerge out of the same primal Source into which we all ultimately return. We question the Fact that as the significance of the teachings of a prophet, or the inquisitiveness of a philosopher, or the visions of a poet, or the insights of a scientist, or the passions of an artist have re-emerged in more complex forms of existence … organized religions, philosophical methods of inquiry, scientific theories, a body of art … so we too can re-emerge into the unfolding of the ancient and creative Source, but only in equal measure to the significance of our actions, our creations, our ideas.

The realization of these Facts will change the course of Humanity.

[1] A photo of the painting can be found at the bottom of the Pictures page. Click on it to expand.

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