Archive for May, 2020

244 – And then we wonder why …

Friday, May 15th, 2020

For millennia, the human-animal has slaughtered its own kind under justifications the likes of It is a rightful act to reign control at any cost over those who do not follow our doctrines, or We must either conquer or vanish from the face of the earth those who we contrive as an ‘enemy’ … the ‘scapegoat’ whose livelihoods we deem expendable.

Animals, insects, microbes slaughter each other in predatory killings in which they kill in greater numbers than they can immediately eat, usually to procure food for their offspring, gain valuable killing experience, or store for later times when hunger comes again.

But not us. Our predatory killings are instigated by greed and hate and are normalized and popularized in political and religious discourse oftentimes as heroism. But now, with the help of electronic devices which are not only widely available but highly desirable by younger generations, predatory killings are normalized and popularized as the main attraction in the playground of violent ‘games’ where the greater the slaughter and destruction, the greater the feeling of power, success, and victory they incite.

And then we wonder why we grow up believing that to be successful we need to be aggressive and heartless.

And then we wonder why we have grown up to be the only species we know of that uses its high degree of ‘intelligence’ to devise the cruelest forms of torture and destruction with the purpose to send others – generally the vulnerable and defenseless – into inhumane levels of poverty and degradation.

And then we wonder why we are a civilization where greed and hate are constantly throwing us in the midst of conflict and war, killing our own, oftentimes by the hundreds and thousands, without a hint of remorse.

Revised March 2022  

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243 – As Everything in Nature, We are Syntheses of Three Complementary Properties …

Friday, May 1st, 2020

There is nothing that empirically proves our profound interrelatedness with everything in Nature other than a verified scientific theory, and Niels Bohr’s Complementarity Principle gets close to doing that for me. I highlight close because the theory does not include a property that is essential for the complete understanding of evolving systems in Nature.

The most well-known example of Complementarity is the phenomenon of light as a synthesis of particle-like and wave-like properties. Light manifests as particle-like in the properties of its individual units (photons) and as wave-like in the properties of the patterns photons create as they interact with environments. Light is not one or the other; it is both. But light is also a component of our Universe, and as such, it is universal-like in the reiteration of the properties of a universal Matrix that defines the origination and development of all universal components. Therefore, for  Complementarity to provide a complete understanding of light, it must include its universal-like property: Light is particle-like and wave-like and universal-like.

As all evolving systems in our Universe – light, hydrogen, cells, trees, solar systems, galaxies –  human beings are syntheses of three complementary properties: We are particle-like in our properties as elementary units of a species AND wave-like in the properties of the patterns we create as humankind affects and is affected by environments AND universal-like in the properties of the universal Matrix we reiterate as it maps our development and endows us with a relative degree of freedom in adaptation.

It is, of course, self-evident that each complementary property can be explored with the exclusion of the others. The particle-like properties of a photon, a human being, or any evolving system in Nature, can be isolated and studied with the exclusion of the other complementary properties. But by doing so, we forgo the essence of the system we are trying to understand.

In the generation, organization, and bonding together of the components of our bodies, we, like any evolving system in Nature, have no choice; these processes are relatively pre-determined by our evolutionary processes and by the demands of the environments in which we exist. But in the way we adapt, self-regulate, self-perpetuate, whether by instinct or self-determination, we can become pro-active participants not only in our own evolution but in the evolutionary processes of the species. And as we unfold, transforming ourselves and our world, we re-assert the universal mandate that endows us all with a degree of freedom to choose.

The principle of Complementarity proves how profoundly interrelated everything in Nature is. Whether it is a photon, a cell, a human being, a solar system, a galaxy, we are all syntheses of three complementary properties: we are all particle-like and wave-like and universal-like, not one or another but all at the same time.

I do believe that when we accept this about ourselves, we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with Nature. 

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