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205 – Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? …

Friday, September 14th, 2018


Update on my ongoing quest to answer what I believe are the most profound questions posed to the human mind. These questions are the title of the above painting by Paul Gauguin.

Where do we come from?

As a cell emerges out of the self-organizing, self-generating, self-transforming processes of our bodies, we emerge out of the self-organizing, self-generating, self-transforming processes of the phenomenon we call Life. But Life is just a manifestation of a Primordial Source that, amid trial and error, creation and destruction, inexorably progresses toward greater heights of complexity and order.

But because the progression of this Source is evident, tangible, relatively measurable, its power to create and destroy terrifying and magnificent yet it remains beyond understanding, some of us call it God, Allah, Shiva, etc., etc. But we tend to create deities when there is something we cannot understand. And even though we do not know what it is, how it might have been engendered, what its purpose might be, we do know that we emerge out of a self-generating, self-transforming Primordial Source whose unfolding we call Life.

What are we?

As manifestations of the phenomenon we call Life, we have evolved the conscious self-awareness that 1 – we are insignificant in the scheme of the Universe and significant in the scheme of the atomic elements,  2 – that as everything in Nature, we obey a universal mandate to Become, to Self-organize, to Bond, to Re-generate, to Adapt, to Self-perpetuate, and to Transform, and 3 – that amid physical laws that regulate our internal and external environments, we possess a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world. We are sources of transformation.

Where are we going?

Regulated by our internal and external environments, yet pregnant with the possibilities of a degree of freedom in adaptation, we forge ahead until we no longer can, at which point we begin the inexorable return to the Primordial Source from which we emerged.

But equivalent to the significance of what we have imagined,

what we have created,

what we have destroyed,

what we have taken,

what we have given to the world, we may re-emerge into higher levels of existence.

As everything in Nature, the human being has evolved in transcendental steps. Each step builds upon the ones taken before. Each step has a degree of significance and affects our life and oftentimes the life of others. Some steps may affect immediate progeny, some may affect entire generations, and some may be so significant that may affect not only the course of our evolution but Evolution itself.

Think of Einstein – how his ideas live among us, opening new visions and challenging our understanding of Reality; or Darwin – how his theory of Evolution live among us, stimulating research in the origins of Life; or Mandela and Gandhi – how their courage live among us, inspiring pacifist rebellion against the tyranny of unaccountable power; or Socrates – how his method of inquiry live among us, stimulating us to reflect upon ourselves; or Gauguin – how his profound questions live among us, daring us to wonder and find answers. These human beings live among us in the progressive movement of our evolution, in the greater reaches of our perception, in the heightened insights of our conscious self-reflection; they live among us, challenging and transforming our understanding of the unfolding phenomenon from which we emerge, helping us move forward in the transcendental process of Becoming. And so, as these human beings have transcended into our lives, making us more daring in our visions of the future, more curious about our origins, more aware of what is right and what is wrong, more self-conscious about the struggles and the wonders of existence, so, as measured by the significance of what we accomplish with our lives, we may also transcend into the unfolding of future generations.

WHERE DO WE COME FROM? We emerge out of a self-generating, self-transforming Primordial Source whose unfolding we call Life.

WHAT ARE WE? We are sources of transformation.

WHERE ARE WE GOING? Measured by the significance of our life, we may transcend into higher levels of complexity in the unfolding of the Primordial Source.


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204 – How terribly sad that would be!

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

I cannot but be stunned by how, without apparent concern, our political and economic leadership are recklessly, insolently, and forcefully driving humankind to confront an unprecedented and catastrophic environmental upheaval.

Currently, with a patriarchal majority, our world’s leadership is bending towards the regressive ideologies of Authoritarianism. And even though we are already facing the dawn of catastrophic events, these deranged men continue to re-enforce the unsustainable concepts of voracious consumerism and unlimited growth inciting the crisis.

As I wrote in my previous post, I believe that the main reasons behind the crisis are 1 – the erroneous perception that homo sapiens is separate from and better than Nature, and 2 – that this perception gives us the ‘right’ to plunder with complete disregard for the consequences of our actions.

For humanity to move away from this destructive perception, it is imperative that science steps in once again in a similar manner to what it did with the findings of Copernicus and Galilei centuries ago and tell us our true relation to Nature. For instance, that as neurons in our brain are completely dependent on our bodies for survival, so we are completely dependent on Nature for our survival, or how, as each neuron is a catalyst for transformation, so each one of us is a catalyst for transformation. We are in Nature, as Nature is in us.

The claim that we need to ‘save the planet’ is well-intentioned but misguiding because it shifts focus away from what we, as a species, have done to the planet. The planet does not need to be saved; it is we who need saving. Earth will go on as it has for eons of time, a bit changed for what we have done to it, but it will go on giving perhaps other species the opportunity we squandered.

Of all the creatures we know of, we seem to be the ones with the highest capacity for conscious self-reflection. We have accomplished much but still do not know much about the Universe that lives in us and in which we live and from which we come into existence. And if we wipe ourselves off the face of Earth, we will never know how those aspects of our Universe become one in each one of us.

How terribly sad that would be!

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