213 – Life can only come from Life …

Know thyself and thou will know the Universe. Thou shall likewise know that according to Law, the nature of this universe is in all things.” Pythagoras

I wonder what will happen to us, the human race, if we come to accept the premise that the Universe is as alive as we are.

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

The fundamental substance of our Universe (what it is fundamentally made out of) is energy/mass – energy condensing into mass and mass dissipating into energy – and the elemental composition of this substance is atomic.

Atomic particles are generated through interactions between matter in which they are organized into systems that conform to and influence environments. But the viability of the systems depends entirely on a capacity to regulate their mass and energy contents to always be one a measure of the other. [1]

I believe our Universe could not have come into existence in a vacuum; its energy could not have condensed into mass nor its mass conform to be a measure of its energy, without the influence of an external force – pressure, incitement, reiteration. Our Universe, like everything it encompasses, needs not only a constant source of energy to grow, but an environment to interact with and unfold into. We have nothing to compare the vastness nor the majesty of our Universe, but we have some empirical insights into its nature: we know, for instance, that two of its major players are energy and matter; we also know that our Universe began to regulate these two major players in a process that leads progressively toward complexity and order.

Although we do it all the time, we are hardly aware of self-regulation in us. We consume energy sources from the environment (foods, oxygen), store them as mass and weight (bone, fat), and dissipate them in the energy of growth, motion, action, re-generation. But our existence depends entirely not just on our capacity to regulate this process, but to keep it in equilibrium. As we grow in activity and gain weight during our infancy and youth, our body demands increasing amounts of energy, and as we grow older and reduce the vigor of our activity, our body demands lesser amounts of energy. This is self-regulation, and without it, Life is not viable.

Although self-regulation does not explain the genesis of Life, it shows us Life’s purpose in a deliberate action; Regulating its own components with the deliberate purpose to develop and survive into complexity. But deliberate purpose is not possible without a degree of self-reflection. And Self-reflection with a purpose is, I believe, something only Life can do.

We are self-reflective creatures because we are alive, and so is our Universe.

Life can only come from Life.

Revised January 2020

[1] I use Matter and Mass interchangeably because both terms refer to properties of the same phenomenon, the fundamental substance of our Universe.

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