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 and unburden our intelligence to avoid seeing their plight,

their hunger,

their deaths,

so we can enjoy our comforts – oftentimes in obscene excess – without a bit of 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 nurture,

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

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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 than a verified scientific theory, and Albert Einstein’s 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, which are interchangeable yet different forms of the same thing, constitute the contents of the fundamental substance of evolving bodies, or systems in our Universe,

2 – that as an evolving body converts energy into mass and mass into energy to propel its development, the contents fluctuate,

3 – that as the contents fluctuate, the survival of the body depends, whether by instinct or self-determination, on its capacity to sustain them in relative equilibrium, one content always a measure of the other, and

4 – that for an evolving body to be capable of sustaining its fundamental contents in equilibrium as it changes and develops, it must possess a degree of self-reflection.

As every evolving system in Nature, the human body survives through a process in which it consumes energy sources from the environment, converts the consumed energy into mass, and releases the stored energy as motion, action, creation, transformation. But the key to the continuity of this process is to keep it in equilibrium as we develop and adapt to changing environments (we breathe in and breathe out to energize blood cells [oxygenate], we rest and sleep to re-charge spent energy). And this process, although mostly instinctive in us, 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.

Self-reflection is implicit in the equal sign in e=mc2. “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content” is not possible without the capacity of the body, whether it is an atom, a cell, a human being, a planetary system, a galaxy, the Universe itself, to reflect upon its own contents. Therefore I believe that the equation is more precise as (body/system[e=mc2]).

Our intellect, if we let it, is capable of comprehending that we are embedded in a dimension that renders us infinitesimally small from universal dimensions and infinitely vast from atomic dimensions, that we are all evolving systems made up of evolving systems and parts of evolving systems, that we are all profoundly interrelated through the innate search for equilibrium.

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

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