Archive for January, 2014

94 – The Ultimate Transformation …

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Why write about Death once more? Because unlike what we are taught, Death can be not only Beautiful but The Ultimate Transformation, and because we need to know this.

Under the promise of “eternal life” of organized religions, outlandish and hard to swallow as this may be, we still think of Death as The End of Life. Add to this the pressure of dominant economic doctrines to ‘enjoy life to the fullest’ by filling it, of course, with possessions, banalities, pleasure because ‘this is the only chance we will ever have to do so’. And so, this is how rational understanding has been suspended; this is how we are utterly confused and mystified when we face the reality of Death.

Nothing teaches us that, although our lives are a fleeting presence in the scheme of the Universe and an eternity in the scheme of the atomic particles, we are a transforming presence, nonetheless.

Nothing teaches us that, every step we take, advances us toward our inexorable dissolution and re-emergence into the unfolding Process from which we emerged.

Nothing teaches us that what we do with our lives, the significance of it is the measure of our re-emergence.

The Primordial Process from which we emerge is unbending about the dissolution of any form of existence, yet it bends to incorporate us back into its fold in equivalent measure to the significance of our existence.

Think of Darwin, Einstein, Da Vinci, Beethoven. How the significance of their lives – the measure of their insights, of their creations, of their visions – live among us, challenging our understanding, stirring us to wonder, expanding the connections in our brains.

Imagine how different we would be if we all knew 1 – that, although transitory, we are a transforming presence in the unfolding chain of Being, 2 – that we emerge out of an ancient and creative Process with the clear purpose to transform ourselves and our world, 3 – that our natural dissolution is but the gate through which we merge back into the ancient Process from where we originally emerged, but in equivalent measure to the significance of what we have done with our lives.

Death is but a Gate into the Ultimate Transformation.

All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,

And to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier.

From Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

 

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. / And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

From On Death by Kahlil Gibran

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93 – The Crux and the Beauty of Being Human …

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The Crux of being Human is that we know we fundamentally are, like most animals, supporting our development through mostly unconscious instincts, like the metabolic processes that regulate our growth.

Metabolism, as we understand it, is the life-sustaining chemical processes in living organisms by which food is used for energy production. In other words, Metabolism (from the Greek metabole, which means Change) is the instinctive exchange between absorption and production of energy sources through which we fuel our existence and interact with environments. Although the exchange is mostly instinctive, what is absorbed is relatively maintained in balance with what is produced, and vice versa. This balancing process – one always a measure of the other – is not possible without a degree of self-reflection.

The Beauty of being Human is that, due to the benefits of the relatively stable environment of the planet for extended periods of time plus the inherent survival ingenuity of living organisms, we have been able to turn our capacity for instinctive self-reflection into a capacity for conscious self-awareness: to willfully and thoughtfully monitor and adjust the exchange of energy sources for self-determined purposes, i.e. building muscle, losing weight, deciding to direct life’s energy to attain specific results.

So the Beauty of being Human is that from being driven mostly by unconscious instincts, we have evolved the capacity of being consciously self-reflective beings. And the Crux of being Human is that as consciously self-reflective beings, we seem unable to accept the Fact that the continuation of our evolution is, as it is for most animals, dependent on the beneficial environment that supports our development.

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