Archive for January, 2016

142 – Destructive/Creative Nature …

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Destruction in Nature, although cyclical in some cases and pre-determined by evolutionary forces in others – tornadoes, epidemics – is chaotic and volatile in its passage towards Creation.

Creation, on the other hand, is self-determined and ordered yet supple and ingenious in its progression. This is evident in the steady self-generation and self-organization toward higher and higher levels of complexity and order in Nature.

Destruction and Creation are balancing forces in Nature’s evolutionary process. Creation cannot exist without some form of Destruction, nor Destruction without some form of Creation.

Every physical system in Nature, every atom, every cell, every human being, every solar system, every galaxy, progresses through a continuous process of consumption (destruction) and dissipation (creation). This primal process makes the system dependent on the availability of the resources it needs to survive, a dependency that incites creativity in the system as it strives to adapt amid changing environments.

Evolution has taken us, as far as we can tell, to become the most highly self-reflective species on earth. But blinded by destructive ideologies and conflict-ridden dogmas, we have not been able to attain a creative Vision for the future of our species and are instead ignoring the threat of our rampant growth to the environment in which our lives depend.

We are lost without a Vision.

What a tragedy this is! With the dawn of Conscious Self-reflection in us, we are lost under the stubbornness, and blind aggression of ideologies that are forcing not only the power of our creativity into perpetuating a horrible cycle of destruction, but also the creativity of Nature into correcting the imbalance we have created in ways perhaps that may not be as beneficial to our evolution as the ones we have enjoyed for eons of time.

Whatever we call our species – Humankind, Humanity, Homo Sapiens – we are part of Nature, and as such, creative and destructive physical systems subject to its laws.

We are a congregation of billions of human beings, each striving to find a purpose in life, each participating with some degree of choice in the evolution of the species, each dependent on a balanced consumption and dissipation of energy sources in order to survive. And as such, we have been proven to be highly creative, but also horribly destructive. But by letting our creativity serve the destructiveness of our exponential growth and the levels of our consumption, we have broken the natural equilibrium of the earth.

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141 – Should I Dare Tackle “Spirit”?

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Should I dare tackle “Spirit”, the holy of holies, the mystery of mysteries, the primordial force inciting every creature in Nature to self-organize, to self-preserve, to bond, and ultimately, to create the phenomenon of “Mind”, which in us, the only creature we know of, pioneers the wonder of conscious self-reflection?

We don’t know how the body creates the mind, nor how the mind organizes the body, nor how, as One, the mind and the body become a source of volition – a spirit – that gives our bodies the power to enact what the minds urges, imagines, wants; coaxing us to reach beyond our limitations, but ay! so easily corrupted by greed, rage, ignorance.

So, what is the phenomenon we call Spirit? Outside of dogmatic interpretations of religious beliefs, Spirit is the life-force that, in conjunction with a mind and a body, has evolved in human beings to grow consciously aware of our capacity to learn from the past and plan for the future, to judge our mistakes, to glory in our successes, to be aware of our own awareness. And laden with Instinct and open to Infinity, Spirit is the force that makes us subordinate and free, hate and love, disdain and yearn, surrender and struggle; it is the force that closes our minds with the dogmatism that blinds us but also the one that opens us with the wonder that illuminates us.

Spirit, from the Latin spiritus, is the vital force of Existence permeating the entire Universe; it is energy and mass binding into a multitude of forms that, notwithstanding size nor level of complexity, are infused with the momentum to begin the supple process of self-creation – the momentum we call Life.

What an arrogance it is of me to try to tackle Spirit, the holy of holies, the mystery of mysteries. But how not to try to explain this Force inside of me, inciting me – like a little plant, or a bird, or a cell, or the earth, or the sun – to persevere with self-determination and endure against all odds. How not to try to explain the fact that I can touch this Force when I cup my hands together and bury my face in them, when I feel my breath warmly emanating from within, when I sense the stable rhythm of my heart pulsing with life, when an ancient yearning incites me to exist so It can itself exist.

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