23– The Fallacy of “Separateness” …

The Paradigm we currently use to understand Reality (see Post 1) is destructive and reeks of Separation:

  • Religions: My idol, or the lack of it, is better than yours.
  • Economies: Elite or exploited.
  • Science: Microcosm or macrocosm.
  • Politics: My country or theirs.
  • Education: Nature or us.

To this day, and to our great detriment, most of us cannot accept the obvious Fact that we are inseparable from Nature, that although each one of us is an utterly unique human being we cannot exist without a species that is embedded in and totally dependent on Nature.

It is thus uncanny to see that this knowledge, so essential to our survival, is not of utmost importance in our educational systems. And that the reason for this, is because this knowledge goes against the interests of the powers that promote the fallacy of Separation.

In the first half of the 20th Century, the Theories of the Quantum, and the Notion of Complementarity in particular, undeniably proved 1- that physical separation between a whole and its parts is an illusion (we are made of myriad tiny components, yet they are bonded together into what we experience as the unbroken ‘me’)  2- that isolating something from its environment, although certainly possible, leads to aberrations (a neuron is not a neuron any longer outside its brain) 3- that uniqueness and wholeness are complementary properties of Nature … Galaxies, human beings, cells, atoms are unique entities and complements of a whole without which they cannot exist.

As components of an evolving species, human beings are conceived equally with a head, two arms, two legs, an urging sexual organ, and an innate drive to survive. And although utterly unique in the sense that each one of us is made of a particular set of components, all of us are intimately tied to the existence of the species that dictates the structural organization of our organisms; the species that affects us and is affected by us; the species that grows, evolves, moves, and gets into creative and destructive moods (think about the creative mood of the Renaissance or the suicidal mood of our current state of affairs). Humanity is particle-like in each one of us and wave-like in the sum of us. Not one or the other. Both at the same time.

But under a Paradigm that emphasizes Separation, the obvious Fact that a thing is two things at the same time without losing its unity, is inconceivable to us, yet this is exactly the nature of Reality. Although we are constantly in transformation between our utter individuality and the instincts, moods and actions of the multi-billion organism to which we belong, then back again into the distinct feelings of our bodies or the absolute uniqueness of our minds, we fundamentally remain the same person.

As highly evolved and intelligent as we consider ourselves to be, we are nonetheless in our infancy when measured against the universal evolutionary process in which we exist. We are still so far from the mature capacity to perceive ourselves as physical systems – systems within systems within systems. We are still so young, so terribly arrogant in our ignorance, so stubbornly chained to the ancient fallacies that continue to dominate and deviate our understanding of Reality.

But all we have to do to see the fallacy of a Paradigm bent on Separation is to look at ourselves, at the earth, at the world of the atomic particles we know so little about, to realize that we are complements of something greater than us; something that unifies us by giving us a unique yet homogeneous form, something that endows us with a forceful drive to survive and bond and adapt, something that can very well exist without each one of us, but without which we cannot exist.

It is human nature to be afraid of change, to be terrified of the unknown, but change we must if we are to survive into the future. Humanity is not something separate from us, Humanity is alive and surging because of the interrelatedness of all of us, yet if we continue to promote the absurdity of our sense of separation, Humanity might become a horrible aberration, or even join the endless list of the extinct.

Couldn’t we share the knowledge that has been arrested by a few? Couldn’t we teach our children that separation in Nature is an illusion, an illusion that incites destruction, violence, hate, war, conflict?

Revised August 2017

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