Archive for February, 2014

96 – We are All Fundamentally the Same …

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

The most amazing thing about Nature is that it endows the entire scope of its components – all the way from atomic particles, to galaxies, to the universe itself – with a set of innate fundamental properties which ensures participation with the intent of propagating and perpetuating the progression towards greater complexity of the natural process we call Evolution.

As we look at the fundamental nature of the entire scope of universal components, of which we are one, it is obvious that everything emerges into existence endowed with the instinctive properties

* to generate, organize, regulate and bond our own components into dynamic, cohesive and self-reproducing systems.

* to consume other components as sources of energy, condense them into mass (weight, volume), and then exert the stored energy as action, motion development, propagation.

* to balance consumption and exertion of energy in order to attain stability.

* to sense changes in internal and external environments and adapt fittingly in order to survive.

* to be catalysts for transformation.

These are some of the common fundamental properties that are essential to the viability of all natural components without regards to kind, size, or level of complexity. These common (universal) properties reveal a level of interrelatedness akin to how each cell in our bodies, embodying the common properties, ensures not only its own progression and perpetuation but the progression and perpetuation of the system in which it exists; this level of interrelatedness is akin to how each one of us, embodying the same set of common properties, ensures not only our own progression and perpetuation but the progression and perpetuation of the species, the system, in which we exist.

Like cells, or any other natural component, we share the same fundamental properties.

Don’t we all consume energy sources to keep on existing?

Don’t we all try to balance what we consume and what we exert in order to bring stability?

Don’t we all have the capacity, as diverse as we might be, to re-generate and propagate?

Don’t we all have the capacity to adapt, sometimes under dramatic circumstances, to the demands and fluctuations of our internal and external environments?

Don’t we all possess the innate power to transform ourselves and our world?

WE ARE ALL FUNDAMENTALLY THE SAME.

Revised December 2019   

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95 – A second attempt to answer Gauguin questions …

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

On Post 78, dated May 1, 2013, I published, for the first time, my ongoing attempt to answer the haunting and profound questions Paul Gauguin posited as the title of one of his most beautiful paintings: “Where do we come from   What are we   Where are we going”.

I have since continued trying to answer the questions, and now, nine months later, it is interesting to see how my answers have changed as I have learned not only to write a bit better, but more importantly, to understand them better.

Although the answers to the questions are about impossible to discern with our current knowledge, the last one is still the most difficult because it is so mired in Fear, Doubt, Fantasy, Belief, Speculation, Ignorance. And although my answer to that question may seem improbable, the observable evidence demonstrates more and more how, throughout our evolutionary History, the significance of the life, the ideas, the creations of a single or group of individuals, can continue to be a physical or spiritual presence not only affecting how succeeding generations think and behave, but also how they understand themselves and their world.

Where do we come from?  

We emerge into Life out of the primordial, creative and unfolding Process some of us call Evolution, but Evolution is just the persistent unfolding toward complexity of this ancient Process; some of us call it God, but we tend to call God what we cannot understand; some of us call it Nature, but Nature is just the myriad forms in which  the Process is manifested; some of us call it the Big Bang, but the Big Bang is merely our conception of the birth of our Universe.

And even though the Process is unfolding in the world within us and the world around us (the flow of our blood, the increasing complexity of our brains, the creativity of Life, the changing cycles of the earth, the birth and death of stars, the majestic splendor of galaxies), we cannot comprehend it yet.

What are we?

I do not know. But what I do know is that we are born to regenerate and perpetuate the ancient Process from which we emerge endowed with a relative degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world; that out of an organized congregation of myriad elements working in symbiosis with the environment, we originate the mystery and the power of the self-reflecting mind; and that like the molecules and the cells we are made of, we are sources of Transformation.

Where are we going?

Driven by primal instincts and restricted by the constraints of our internal and external environments, we forge ahead until we no longer can, at which point we begin our dissolution back into the ancient Source from which we emerged.

But dissolution is not an end; it is a re-emergence back into the ancient Process in equivalent measure to the significance of what we have done with our lives, what we have imagined, what we have created, what we have destroyed, how we have changed ourselves and our world.

Imagine how different our world would be if, unlike the lessons we are taught under our current economic, religious and scientific paradigms in which Death is the end to further transformation, we teach children that we come into existence endowed with the potential to re-emerge upon the dissolution of our physical body into the Process from which we initially emerged, but in equivalent measure to the significance of our lives.

“Immortality exists in the eternal consequences of our acts”. Unknown

“I am confident in the belief that there truly is such a thing as living again”. Socrates   

Revised November 2019   

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