Archive for August, 2015

132 – A Most Harmful Myth …

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

The dominant myth in Western thought that the mind is separate from the body is a harmful misconception to humankind’s advancement into a more rational species. This myth, by perpetuating our sense of separation from Nature and keeping the level of our intellectual rationality where it was centuries, even millennia ago, is halting progress in our understanding of our symbiotic relationship with our environment.

The harmful consequences of this myth are obvious in the state of our world: Constant conflict, hate, horrendous levels of cruelty, mass killings, the decimation of species, the devastation of the environment in which our lives depend.

Under this myth, we avoid taking responsibility for our actions; we devalue life, especially and including human life, and kill each other without shame; we deceive, not like the ‘lower’ animals to protect their progeny, but to destroy, demean, humiliate, hurt, rob. Is it not gruesome how homo sapiens, the so-called ‘most advanced’ species on earth, kills its own kin with complete impunity, unless, of course, if the person killed is of ‘worth’?

The Mind and Body relationship is akin to the Mass and Energy relationship which is now proven to be the complementary and indivisible expression of the phenomenon of mass-energy equivalence (e=mc2). Similarly, the Mind-Body relationship is the complementary and indivisible expression of the phenomenon we call the “Self”. Together, Mind and Body form the indivisible relationship in which the Mind is generated to reach beyond the Body’s sensory limitations, while the Body is the physical entity that interacts with and learns from the environment. So, complementing each other, both, Mind and Body create the utterly unique existence of the Self.

The proof that the Mind and the Body are inseparable is evident in the impact, oftentimes irreversible, made on the Mind by physical bodily alterations like traumatic brain injury, opioid addiction, or dementia.

Although the limited perception of our nascent conscious awareness may tell us otherwise, Mind and Body are an indivisible expression of the Self, and continuing to believe they are separate is a very harmful myth.

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131 – The Order of Nature and Us …

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

It is relatively easy for us to see a primal Order in the evolutionary progression towards Complexity in Nature (mathematics, language, music, the evolution of Life, the wondrous organization of the brain, consciousness). Yet most of us remain incapable of seeing ourselves as part of that Order.

Our inability to see ourselves as part of the natural Order is the main reason we are breaking the chemical equilibrium of the environment, and ravaging animal and plant life, and inciting division and hate, and driving civilization to face the possibility of its own downfall.

It is thus uncanny to see the natural sciences, the advocates of Knowledge and Understanding, with their magnificent insights into the fundamental aspects of the natural Order, shying away from debunking the illusion that we are not part of that Order.

You and I, as well as anything else in our Universe, are assemblies of multiple parts; each part inherently knowing how to self-generate and self-organize into a cohesive, adaptable, self-perpetuating, self-transforming entity evolving into higher levels of complexity. But we can do this only because we are a part of that Order

We don’t know the Origin of this Order … we might never know … but that we are a part of It, and It is a part of us, and we cannot exist without It, is incontestable.

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