Archive for June, 2015

128 – The Tragedy of having Knowledge but not Knowing we have.

Monday, June 15th, 2015

With the Theory of Relativity Einstein gave us the knowledge that e=mc2, with its implied self-reflective equilibrium (see Posts 66 & 89), is a universal Law without which our Universe, and everything within it … including us … could not have developed into what we are today. “The mass of a body is equivalent to its energy content”*. But then, What, or Who established this Law; What, or Who implemented it so thoroughly that for eons of time and across an entire Universe no body or system can exist, nor thrive, without obeying it?

With the Theory of Evolution Darwin gave us the knowledge that the primordial, creative, self-generating, self-organizing and adaptable Process, of which we are a manifestation, is the driving universal engine behind the evolution of all things in Nature. “One hand has surely worked throughout the universe.”* But then, once again, What, or Who initiated this Process, setting it determinedly on a steady path towards higher and higher complexity and order?

These Theories, amongst many others with profound implications, have been part of Human Knowledge for decades. The most beautiful thing about them is not only that we have evolved the capacity to envision them, but also that we have evolved the capacity to pose the deep questions they engender, and find answers within us; this is what makes us the most incredible and insightful organism … as far as we know … in Nature. Yet Science, as a the set of institutions supposedly created to advance our Knowledge, is terrified of delving into the immensurability of these questions; and Religion, as the group of organizations supposedly created to support those of us who believe in something/somebody greater than us, inhibits any kind of inquiry into them under the scourge of Dogma.

And so, already Knowing, we don’t Know we Know.

“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?” Rumi

* Albert Einstein * Charles Darwin (Highlights mine)

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127 – Dogma Enslaves the Mind …

Monday, June 1st, 2015

We are, as far as we know, the only creatures in Nature evolved enough to be aware of a degree of freedom to self-reflect on our past, and to plan our future.

But we will neither survive into the promise of our unparalleled evolution, nor as a rational and viable species, as long as we continue to allow the obliteration of our Moral Sense by the scourge of dogmatic and authoritarian principles imposed on us by dominant ideologies:

Economic Dogma: Imposing on us the belief that ‘self-centered consumerism’ and ‘unlimited growth’ are the sole measures of Progress, while disregarding their irrationality.

Political Dogma: Imposing on us the belief that aggression and constant conflict are the measures of Power, while disregarding their destructiveness.

Religious Dogma: Imposing on us the belief that man is a Special Creation … separate from and better than Nature … while disregarding the devastating treatment of Nature and the continued level of Ignorance it incites.

Scientific Dogma: Imposing on us the belief that Reductionism (reducing Life, The Universe to elemental, measurable units) is the only acceptable method to Understanding, while disregarding the Whole without which elemental, measurable units cannot exist.

Fighting with its horrible deceptions the introduction of unconventional concepts or methods … like the concept that, as cells in our bodies, we are elements of a living, self-generating Universe and cannot be alive without it …  which may set us free from centuries-old imprisonment to explore the promise of our unparalleled evolution, Dogma enslaves the mind.

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