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 dares to name the culprit, DOGMA: The driving force behind some of Humanity’s most horrible crimes.

*   The divisive dogma of dominant organized religions – my religion is the true religion, my god is the true god – which incites intolerance, division, zealotry, hate.

*   The limiting dogma of dominant scientific methodology – only what is measurable is real – which incites the shying away from exploring not only the reality of the most beautiful, mysterious, nurturing, tender sides of human nature, but the immeasurability of our constant transformation from Organism to Mind, and vice versa.

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

The world I have tried to present in previous essays is the world inhibited by Dogma: It is the immensurable world in which we not only exist but from which we come alive; 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 an intimate part of us.

Our minds are naturally curious and open to exploration, but we are stopped cold by the beliefs Dogma incontestably claims as its own. This is akin to what some people do in the practice 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, even when he ultimately had to admit to having made a blunder with his first one, and especially when there is already scientific proof in Bell’s Theorem that communication can be faster than the speed of Light.

Every new idea, every new discovery generally opens more questions than it answers. The claim that our Universe was born in a ‘Big Bang’, for instance, clamors to answer questions the like of What caused the explosion, Why it happened, and since it is expanding, What is it expanding into. The claim that an idea or discovery is the ultimate and unquestionable answer, is dogmatic and closes the doors to the exploration of all the questions it opens.

In trying to understand our world we do make mistakes – this is how we grow – but Dogma, not only because it is born out of avarice and control for self-serving purposes but because it is completely dependent on the submission of the human mind, is an extremely destructive force. Millions of brilliant voices have been silenced. How many more does the scourge of Dogma have to gag before it is challenged?

I imagine a world akin to the world the Greeks experienced for a short period of time before Greed took over once again, where Know Thyself, Moderation, and the avoidance of Dogma, were the ruling morals of society.

Revised August 2019

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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 with our Universe – the undeniable link – a connection that is akin to the one we share with every cell in our bodies. As unlikely as the perception of this connection appears to be under our current understanding of Reality, it is inevitable. The only thing that can stop us from getting there eventually, is our demise.

There is, as far as we know, no other species in Nature with a higher level of Self-reflection than ours, but currently, this capacity is mostly overpowered by our instincts.

The hope is that, pressed by the devastating effects on the environment of our current paradigm in which self-indulgent consumption and unlimited growth are entitlements, a higher level of self-reflection becomes the dominant faculty in us and lead us into a worldview based on the rational premises that the process we call Life, although we cannot yet comprehend the Primordial Source from which it emerged, is the self-creating Force that, controlled by rigorous yet open laws like the listed below, governs and animates everything in our Universe:

The Force of Life must consume to self-generate.

The Force of Life must be open to experimentation and innovation.

The Force of Life must be both attracting and repelling.

The Force of Life must be both unbending and supple in its adaptation to changing environments.

The Force of Life must transcend physical and space/time boundaries.

The Force of Life must rise above its own creations to transform itself in its progression toward complexity.

This is the Force that drives two cells to create a Human being, a seed to build a giant sequoia tree, Earth to explode into myriad manifestations of Life. This is the Force that moves us forward, inciting us to bond, self-organize, self-generate, transform. This is the Force that is awakening in us the awareness of our profound link to the Source from which we emerge and within which we are immersed.

Why is it that Science, already having beautiful Theories that prove this undeniable link (Relativity, Bell’s Theorem, Autopoiesis, Dissipative Structures, Evolution, etc.) seems so unable to see the connection, the undeniable link?

Revised January 2020

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