238 – As Everything in Nature, We are Dissipative Structures …

There is nothing that empirically proves our interrelatedness with everything in Nature other than a proven scientific theory, and Ilya Prigogine’s Dissipative Structures does that for me.

Dissipative Structures are openly evolving systems entirely dependent for survival on a continuous and relatively balanced intake and release of energy sources (dissipation).

This continuous dissipation renders the system vulnerable to environmental fluctuations (i.e., catastrophic events, changes in energy sources), which oftentimes forces a restructuring of the system into greater complexity. But greater complexity demands greater dissipation of energy sources, which then means greater vulnerability to internal and external fluctuations. Amazingly enough, this increased vulnerability is a source for the constant transformation of Nature.

Like everything in Nature – molecules, cells, planets, galaxies – we are dissipative structures; we power our development through the intake and release of energy sources (dissipation). From the moment we are born, the primal dissipation process is ignited to begin consuming energy sources (foods, nutrients, oxygen), convert them into development and growth, and release them as motion, action, force. And even though the process makes us dependent on the environment, we turn this dependency, this vulnerability into growing more resilient, more adaptable, more ingenious, more insightful, more self-reflective, more open to possibilities.

Embodied in everything in Nature, the primal dissipation process is one of the foundations of the universal evolutionary process; it is how, even if we are dependent on the process for survival, everything we do is a possibility not only for our transformation but for the transformation of our world. We are catalysts for Transformation.

The theory of Dissipative Structures proves how profoundly interrelated everything in Nature is – we survive and develop through the same process as everything in Nature – and accepting this fact will open our minds to a more rational understanding of our intimate relationship with Nature.

Revised March 2022

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