Archive for June, 2020

246 – What has happened to Us? … 

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Isn’t it terrible to see what we do to each other?

How we train the disadvantaged, the poor, to kill for our benefit,

how we send millions of us into poverty, humiliation, agony, despair,

without a place to live,

without a meal to eat,

without a bed to rest,

as we bask in disregard and luxury.

 

Isn’t it terrible to see what we do to the poor children of the world?

How we steal their future by robbing them of an education,

how we close our eyes to avoid seeing their plight,

their hunger,

their deaths,

so we can enjoy our comforts – oftentimes in obscene excess – without guilt.

 

Isn’t it terrible to see what we do to animals?

How we destroy their environments,

their livelihoods,

their homes,

how we submit them to slow, painful, horrific deaths,

without caring nor feeling a thing for their suffering.

 

Isn’t it terrible to see what we do to Nature?

How we think of her as a ‘slave’ so we can ravage her beauty,

her nurturing,

her balance,

without seeing that it is ourselves we ravage.

Where has our compassion gone? Our intelligence? Where is all the knowledge?

It was heartbreaking to read that our dominant economic ideology is based on the premise that “the share of national wealth distributed as wages must be kept as low as possible to prevent the cost of labor from reducing national wealth.”[1] Have we become so irrational, so utterly selfish, so compassionless that we believe this inhumanity to be the best way to create a better world!!!?

What has happened to us?

 

[1] Excerpt from “What Kind of Country Do We Want? by Marilynne Robinson. New York Review. June 11, 2020

Revised March 2022   

Note: New posts are usually published on the 1st and 15th of the month.

245 – As Everything in Nature, We are a (body/system[e=mc2]) …

Monday, June 1st, 2020

There is nothing that empirically proves how profoundly interrelated we are with everything in Nature more than a verified scientific theory, and Albert Einstein’s Special Relativity does that for me.

In 1905, in his famous paper “Does The Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content,” Einstein’s great insight into the nature of our Universe came into life: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.

To comprehend the essence of Einstein’s insight, we must consider:

1 – that mass and energy constitute the fundamental substance of evolving bodies, or systems, in our Universe.

2 – that the contents of the mass and the contents of the energy of a system are interchangeable and fluctuate as the system unfolds.

3 – that although the contents fluctuate, their equivalence remains in relative equilibrium, one content always a measure of the other.

4 – that whether by instinct or self-determination, for a system to sustain the contents of its fundamental substance in relative equilibrium as it changes and develops, it must exercise a degree of self-reflection.

As with every evolving system in Nature, the human body survives through a process in which it consumes energy from the environment, converts it into mass, and then in motion, action, creation, transformation releases the energy back into the environment. But the key to the continuity of this process is to keep it in equilibrium … one content a measure of the other … as we develop and adapt to changing environments. This process, although mostly instinctive, is not possible without a degree of self-reflection.

Without disregarding the mathematical prowess of the equation, the essence of Einstein’s insight rests not on the quantities of energy and mass in a body, but on the fact that self-reflection is innate in Nature. This is the true significance of the equal symbol in the equation.

Whether the body is that of an atom, a cell, a human being, a planetary system, a galaxy, the Universe itself, to be capable of sustaining the contents of its fundamental substance in relative equilibrium amid constant change, it must, whether by instinct or self-determination, reflect upon itself – measuring itself, finding balance within itself. Therefore, the equation is more precise as (body/system[e=mc2]), or simply (S[e=mc2]).

The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.

Our intellect, if we let it, can comprehend the fact that we are embedded in a dimension that renders us infinitesimally small from the perspective of the universal dimensions and infinitely vast from the perspective of the atomic dimensions, that we are all evolving systems made up of evolving systems and parts of evolving systems, that we are all instances of the equation and therefore profoundly interrelated in our innate search for equilibrium.

The theory of Relativity proves how profoundly interrelated everything in Nature is, and we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with each other and with Nature when we accept this about us.

Revised March 2022  

Note: New posts are usually published on the 1st and 15th of the month.