Archive for October, 2015

136 – When Will We Learn? …

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

It is perplexing to see how most of Humanity … the great majority of us … as intelligent and advanced a species as we claim to be, cannot yet perceive the self-evident Universal Order inside of us and all around us; the perceptible, measurable, self-creating, self-organizing Universal Order inherent in everything in Nature; the Universal Order that from the convergence of two minute cells organizes our bodies into the self-reflective and limitless imagining power of our minds; the Universal Order that generates the progression of atomic compounds into complex, dynamic and intricately interrelated systems; the Universal Order that demands of us to consume other living forms in order to live; a Universal Order that unifies each and all us … each physical system in our Universe* … with a mandate to self-organize, to self-generate and adapt in order to perpetuate its own self-renewal.

And yet it is even more perplexing to see how the Natural Sciences, especially physics and chemistry with their great insights into the structure of microcosmic and macroscopic magnitudes, are unable to link their findings and see how intimately interconnected they are, and thus still searching for a Unified Theory when they already have one.

The findings converge into a homogeneous blueprint that rules and promotes the unfolding of every physical system … whether it is an atom, a molecule, a cell, a solar system, a galaxy, the Universe itself … unifying them all under a mandate that compels them

  • to interconnect its components to work together … whether by instinct or self-determination … towards the common goal of a parent system (Bell’s Theorem);
  • to fuel the temporary permanence of its life span by consuming and dissipating energy sources in relative yet continuous equilibrium (Relativity & Dissipative Structures);
  • to develop a self-determined yet supple existence amid the uncertainty of infinite probabilities (Uncertainty & Probability Principles);
  • to grow with the property of being an utterly unique individual and a complement of a parent species and a complement of a Universal Order (Complementarity);
  • to be completely dependent on the environment yet manipulating and being manipulated with a relative degree of freedom in adaptation  (Evolution);
  • to grow into a self-sufficient, self-contained, self-generating, self-organizing and self-perpetuating system with the potential to become a catalyst for transformation (Autopoiesis & Field Theory)

No matter how minuscule we are in our Universe, we are nonetheless a physical system that like an atom, a molecule, a cell, a solar system, a galaxy, the Universe itself, embodies the traits of the shared blueprint that connects everything into a Universal Order. And so the Universal Order is in us and we are within the Universal Order.

When will we be able to learn to incorporate this self-evident Fact into the way we perceive ourselves and the Universe that engenders Existence with a degree of freedom in adaptation?

* In physics, a physical system is a portion of the physical universe chosen for analysis. Everything outside the system is known as the environment (Wikipedia).

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135 – Archetypal Steps in Human Evolution …

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

An ARCHETYPE, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies: PROTOTYPE: IDEA: an inherited idea or mode of thought in the psychology of C.G. Jung that is derived from the experience of the race and is present in the unconscious of the individual.

Jung understood archetypes to be universal, inherited potentials which are actualized when they enter consciousness as images or manifest in behavior on interaction with the outside world. They are autonomous and hidden forms which are transformed once they enter consciousness and are given particular expression by individuals and their cultures. In Jungian psychology, archetypes are highly developed elements of the collective unconscious which are the structures of the unconscious mind shared among beings of the same species (Extracts from Wikipedia: Jungian Archetypes).

We can gage our evolutionary progress through archetypal steps which can become the first imprints of significant change in the species as a whole. Some examples of these archetypal steps in human evolution are: The advent of conscious self-awareness, the capacity to conceptualize abstract ideas, the material and consciousness-transforming advances of the agricultural, industrial, and technological revolutions.

The agricultural, industrial and technological revolutions are easily understood as archetypal steps in our evolution, but because conscious self-awareness and our capacity to conceptualize abstract ideas are from a more ancient origin, they are not as easily perceived as archetypal steps in our evolution.

Conscious self-awareness, as opposed to the simple awareness of less developed animals, is our capacity for introspection and to recognize ourselves as individuals and as members of a species. The capacity to conceptualize abstract concepts, as opposed to object-based concepts, is our ability to turn fictional concepts (nations, religions, corporations, money) into objective reality.

Professor of history Yuval Harari on his TED Talk “What explains the rise of humans?” theorizes that a reason why an insignificant animal in a corner of Africa has come to populate every continent on earth and to determine the fate of other animals and possible the planet itself, is that we have learned to collaborate in large numbers with flexibility and imagination, creating a fictional reality of sophisticated systems of cooperation (nations, religions, corporations, money). And so today we live in a dual reality: The objective reality of mountains, rivers, environment, and the fictional reality. The trouble is that we have given the fictional reality such a degree of control that now the objective reality … other species, our environment … has come to depend for survival on the fictional reality (the link below is for the 17 min talk).

As the above mentioned archetypal steps became an inherent capacity in our consciousness over many, many generations, the capacity of the human mind to perceive the Order of the Universe and embody the Fact that as individual and as a species we are integral elements of that universal Order was first termed “Cosmic consciousness” by the Canadian psychiatrist Richard Maurice Bucke (“Cosmic consciousness, a consciousness of the life and order of the universe which is possessed by few men at present. It is a further stage of human evolution which will be reached by all humanity in the future”). This highly developed consciousness has been already emerging in the minds of individuals like Aristotle, Balzac, Rilke, Rumi, Whitman, Einstein, Sagan, Attenborough, to name a few.

Once we are able to overcome the paradigm based on division, consumerism and constant conflict that currently control us, this archetypal step, this capacity of the human mind to conceptualize its participation in a universal Order, will explode into our collective consciousness to bring the most astonishing transformation Humanity has ever experienced.

I can see children all over the world being taught from a very early age that there is a beautiful, self-organizing and self-creative Order in our Universe, and that it is in us and that we are conscious parts of it.

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