Archive for January, 2019

213 – Life can only arise from Life …

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

I wonder what will happen to us – humankind – when we come to accept as an indelible fact that the Universe is a living, sentient organism.

There are facts about our Universe that can only be understood thus.

* The fundamental substance of our Universe and of every component it encompasses, including you and I, is made of an equivalent content of energy and mass. These two elements exchange and adjust their contents as they interact with environments – energy condensing into mass and mass dissipating into energy – yet their equivalence remains unchanged. [1]

* Atomic particles are generated in the interactions with each other and with environments; these interactions incite the congregation of particles into primitive systems that only become viable if they can regulate their intake and release of energy sources to remain in equilibrium … one always a measure of the other.

These levels of order and purpose are not possible without a commanding, living force behind them.

Our Universe could not have come into existence in a vacuum; the content of its energy could not have conformed to be a constant measure of the content of its mass without the influence of an external force demanding Conformity and Purpose. Our Universe, like everything it encompasses, needs not only a constant influx of energy sources to grow and develop but also an environment to interact with and unfold onto. We have nothing to compare its vastness nor the source of its majestic complexity, but we do know that its energy and its mass are regulated across its immensity to seek the equilibrium that allows its progression toward greater and greater complexity and order.

Although we are hardly aware of how universal the process of self-regulation is in us, like everything in Nature, we consume energy sources from the environment and dissipate them back as the energy of growth, development, action, re-generation. Our bodies demand increasing amounts of energy as we grow and develop from infancy to adulthood, and diminished amounts as we grow into old age, But these fluctuating amounts are regulated throughout our existence to remain in relative equilibrium … one a measure of the other. This is intuitive self-regulation. We wouldn’t be alive without it.

Although self-regulation alone does not explain how we, nor our Universe are engendered, it is the deliberate purpose of Life in us.

The Universe is a living, sentient organism.

Life can only arise from Life.

[1] E=mc2 The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content” Einstein

Revised August 2021

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212 – My mind …

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

How can I ever stop being amazed, mystified, awed by my mind – by what I can do with it, by what it can do with me?

How can myriad neurons – billions of them – independently and communally bond together to become the phenomenon of the mind; the phenomenon that allows me to project myself outward into the world, and inward into my own experience, into my own existence?

How can myriad neurons build, and constantly fine-tune a network of connections that stores my experiences with varying degrees of accuracy and importance, creating a phenomenon that responds to the world according to not only to the perception of my senses but the influence of my culture, my upbringing, my fears, desires, dreams, metabolism, environment?

The mind is a form of energy that can be redirected, focused, expanded, manipulated; a form of energy that can be wrought by music, anger, fear, love, sex, beauty; a form of energy that can objectify visions, ideas, concepts. But because it is intangible and immeasurable, it is difficult to accept that it is as physical as the force that synchronizes the beats of my heart or the movements of my hands to write my ideas.

We don’t know of any other creature that possesses a mind with a degree of conscious self-reflection as developed as ours. The capacity of the human mind to reflect upon itself is a major achievement in the evolution of Life in its unequivocal progression towards greater levels of complexity and order. But although the awareness of this achievement is an amazing insight into the human mind, it does not bring us any closer to understanding its intangible yet incontestable presence.

It is thus baffling to try to understand how a phenomenon so utterly individual and unique in its experiences and physical connectivity, can be, like the wonder of murmurations, synchronized to dance with the rhythms of its kin.

I wish I could understand how is it that my mind can reach so far beyond the grasp of my senses, when I know it is limited by what I am, by what I know, by what I perceive – or how is it that it is so present when I know it is older than old, greater than itself, and unbound by what is immediate and what is eternal – or how is it that it can converse with other minds, when I know it is the only one that can hear the uniqueness of its own music.

– this is why I feel so lonely when I am alone with it, yet I know that my mind is the greatest possession ever given to me to connect with the world.

Revised July 2021   

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