Archive for August, 2013

85 – The Scourge of Dogma …

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Thousands of books have been written about Humanity’s plight … war, genocide, hate, destruction, ravaging greed … yet no book I know of dares to clearly define the culprit.

The driving force behind some of Humanity’s most horrible crimes is DOGMA:

* The divisive dogma of the dominant organized religions … my religion is the true religion … which leads to hate, intolerance, zealotry.

* The limiting dogma of the dominant scientific methodology … only what is measurable is real … which leads to the shying away from exploring the reality of the most beautiful, mysterious, nurturing,  tender sides of human nature, and the immeasurability of our constant transformation from Organism to Mind, and vice versa.

* The destructive dogma of the dominant economic-political doctrine … Power and Possessions are the measure of Progress and Success … which leads to the exploitation and devastation not only of the environment that gives us Life, but also of the frail and disadvantaged.

The world I have tried to present on these short essays is the world inhibited by Dogma: It is the immeasurable world in which we not only exist, but that actually gives us Life; it is the minute world from which we are organized into what we are and that … instinctively or predeterminedly … gives us the power to think and have a sense of being. Dogma inhibits us to recognize and explore these worlds as intimate part of us.

Our minds are naturally curious and open to exploration, but we are stopped cold by the incontestable beliefs Dogma claims as its own; this is akin to what some people do in the making of Bonsai; although the result may still be beautiful, it does stop the natural growth of a living thing to keep it small.

Why is it that Authority, instead of pursuing the growth of the Human mind, tends to enslave it?

Even Einstein, considered to be one of the greatest scientific minds, became dogmatic in asserting that the Universe was static and that nothing can be faster than the speed of Light. It is baffling to see how spellbound Science still is with his latter assumption, when it is full well remembered that he had to admit to having made a great blunder with his first one, and especially when Science already has scientific proof … Bell’s Theorem … of communication faster than the speed of Light.

Every time a new idea comes to mind or a new discovery is made, it generally opens more questions that it answers. The claim that our Universe was born in a Big Bang, for instance, clamors for answers about What caused the explosion, Why it happened, What it is expanding into since we know it is expanding. By claiming that and idea or a discovery is the ultimate and unquestionable answer, we become dogmatic and close the doors to the exploration of all the questions that are opened.

In trying to understand our world we do make mistakes … this is how we grow … but Dogma, not only because it is a purely Human invention born out of avarice and domination for self-serving purposes, but also because it is completely dependent on the perpetuation of the misleading notion that Human beings are by nature Submissive, is an extremely destructive force. Nothing is more untrue that the dogmatic notion that we are by nature Submissive. On the contrary, there is nothing more assertive and defiant in us than the urge to do something significant and transcendental with our lives … to leave our mark in the world … if only we are given the chance. But this assertive urge is kept in check and underdeveloped through the control of Dogma.

Millions of brilliant voices have been silenced. How many more does Dogma have to gag before it is challenged?

This is the scourge of Dogma.

I imagine a world, as the Greeks once experienced for a short while before Greed took over again, where the avoidance of Dogma, along with Know Thyself and Moderation, are the ruling morals of Society.

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84 – The New Paradigm (Part II): The Undeniable Link …

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

There is no doubt in my mind that in our evolutionary development Human beings will eventually come to perceive our intimate connection … the undeniable link … with our Universe – that connection akin to the one we share with every cell in our bodies. As unlikely as this level of perception may seem under our current understanding of Reality, it is inevitable. The only thing that can stop us from getting there will be the demise of our species.

There is, as far as we know, no other species in Nature with a higher level of Self-reflection than ours. But our capacity to Self-reflect is still mostly overpowered by our instincts. The hope is that as successful as some of our other survival advantages have been … bipedalism, hand dexterity, symbolism … our capacity to Self-reflect will ultimately become the dominant faculty in us.

Pressed either by the devastating effects of the main tenets of our current Paradigm[1] or by the realization of its utter irrationality, a higher level of Self-reflection will lead us to move forward in search of a new worldview; a worldview based on the rational premises that The Process we call Life, although we cannot yet comprehend the Primordial Source from which it originates, is a Self-creating Force  lunched into motion eons before the emergence of what we call the “Big Bang” and controlled by rigorous yet open laws that animate and govern everything without regards to neither size nor level of complexity:

* The Force of Life must destroy in order to create … it must consume in order to generate … yet it must find equilibrium between consumption and creation in order to stay alive.

* The Force of Life must be open to experimentation and innovation in order to adapt to varied and changing environments, while it continues to preserve its integrity.

* The Force of Life must be both attracting and repelling in order to bind elements together, while allowing a degree of manipulation to undo or defy the connections.

* The Force of Life must be supple in order to unfold yet unbending in the certainty of its uncertainty.

* The Force of Life must transcend boundaries … not only physical, but also the boundaries of space and time … linking natural systems large and small, simple and complex … each Base and Enclosure … into interconnected manifold wholes.

* The Force of Life flows through beginnings and ends, rising above its own creations in order to transform.

This is the Force that drives two cells to create a Human being, and a seed to build a giant sequoia tree, and a planet like ours to explode in myriad manifestations of Life. This is the Force that moves us forward, that incites us to bond and self-organize and self-create. But there is one amazing difference with us: In relative degrees of awareness we are beginning to be aware of the profound link between the Force of Life in us, and the Force of Life in which we are immersed and from which we emerge.

Is it not amazing then that Science, already having a whole bunch of beautiful Theories that prove this undeniable link … Relativity, Bell’s Theorem, Autopoiesis, Dissipative Structures, Evolution … seems so unable to see the connection?

[1] The irrational concepts that Progress is unlimited Growth in a limited environment and Human beings are separate from and ‘entitled’ to consume Nature.

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