Archive for November, 2013

90 – The Destructive Dominance of a Pernicious Belief …

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The belief that we are separate from Nature is pernicious and deeply entrenched in the Western mindset.

  • It is tearing us apart.
  • It is inciting conflict, war, genocide, disregard for human and any other form of Life on Earth.
  • It is fostering the fallacies that Nature is something to be controlled and taken advantage of, and that ‘unlimited growth’ without regards for its consequences is the measure of Success.

It is thus we are diminishing the chances for a viable future for Humanity.

The perception of separation from Nature is difficult for us to overcome because it is what the evolution of our organic senses devised early in our development as a mechanism for survival. But we are an indivisible part of Nature as Nature is a part of us.

As science has taught us, Light is particles and waves; not one or the other but both at the same time. Light is made out of the subatomic particles we call Photons which diffuse in wave-like patterns as Light interacts with environments. Both manifestations are inseparable complements of the phenomenon of Light.

And so it is with us. The Human species is particle-like in the sense that humankind is made up of individual human beings that interacting with one another and with environments, populate the surface of the Earth in the wave-like patterns of migrations, beliefs, traditions, behaviors. Although the great majority of us enters the progression of Life to be ensnared by the fallacy of Separation, we are inseparable complements of the wave-like evolutionary unfolding of the species we call Humanity. We may feel a sense of autonomy but cannot exist separate from human experience and the environment that gives us Life. Autonomy cannot exist separate from what allows it to feel autonomous.

Isn’t it proof enough that we are inseparable from something greater than us; something that throughout our evolution and without human input determines that more or less half of humankind is born to produce eggs, while the other half is born to produce the sperm to fertilize them?

For centuries, especially for the Western mind, we have been taught to believe that we are a ‘special creation’. This belief not only obscures the Fact that like all mammals, each one of us becomes a part of Life only because of the fusion of cells imprinted with the primal urge to re-generate, but it also promotes the pernicious belief that we are entitled to consume without regards for the consequences of our actions on the environment that gives us Life. This is a betrayal of our nurturing nature, and it has turned us, as a whole, into a destructive and uncaring species. Under this belief we have become an aberration of what we are meant to be: we are promoting, worse, rewarding selfishness, irrationality, greed, destruction, instead of nurturing Life.

We are not separate from Nature; we are a part of Nature and Nature is a part of us.

Revised August 2019 

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89 – Self-reflection and E=mc2 …

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Although Science has still to recognize it, Einstein’s greatest achievement was to capture in a simple equation, E=mc2, the universality of Self-reflective Equilibrium in Nature.

The physical aspect of the equation has been thoroughly proven through methodological scientific experimentation, but its self-reflective aspect has yet to be explored.

In Einstein’s own words: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”. * In other words: Notwithstanding size, nor level of complexity, nor environmental fluctuations, for a body to be viable, the contents of its fundamental complements (mass and energy) must be in relatively sustained equilibrium – one a measure of the other – throughout the extent of its existence. Without this sustained equilibrium, the body dies.

The essence of e=mc2 lies not on the quantity of the fundamental complements of the body (system), but on the sustained equilibrium of its contents. This sustained equilibrium is the significance of the symbol = in the equation.

When a ‘body’ enters an existential arrangement in which the success of its development is totally dependent on a sustained equilibrium between the contents of its two fundamental complements, there’s got to be, whether instinctive or self-determined, a degree of Self-reflection: if mass is reduced so is energy, if energy is increased so is mass.

As every naturally evolving system in Nature, we know this from personal experience. We fuel our development by consuming energy sources from the environment (foods, oxygen, water), we then convert them into the mass of our bodies (weight, volume, density), and release the stored energy in equivalent measure as motion, action, ‘waste’. What is released is a measure, a reflection, of what has been stored; we cannot exist without this mostly instinctive self-reflective equilibrium.

In this degree of self-reflective equilibrium rests the essence of Einstein’s insight. Self-reflective Equilibrium is the foundation of Self-organization; it is what fuels the evolutionary process that generates the phenomenon of Progressive Continuity in Nature. This is how immensely complex systems like galaxies, planetary systems, us,    self-organize, self-generate, and develop.

E=mc2 is one of the most beautiful insights into the nature of our Universe, but because we continue to perceive ourselves as separate from Nature we fail to see the beauty of the equation in us. Our self-determined capacity to self-reflect is obvious to us when we, for instance, go on a diet to lose weight, or when we want to build muscle, or when we get sick and ‘lack’ energy; but it is not obvious in the instinctive self-reflection of our bodies when we increase our consumption and dissipation of energy sources as we grow, change and develop.

As all naturally evolving systems in Nature, our bodies must sustain equilibrium between the energy we consume and the energy we dissipate to stay alive. So does humankind. But as a species, we have reached a point where we are consuming and releasing more energy sources than the Earth can produce and absorb. We are out of equilibrium, and we don’t want to reflect on the consequences.

* Highlight mine.

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