52 – Turning Points …

Turning Points are defining moments that may have an indelible and affecting impact on our lives; sometimes they close doors, other times they open them; sometimes they just happen on their own, other times we make them happen.

For me, some of those moments have been:

  • – My mother’s emphasis on Beauty (rainbows, flowers, sunsets, full moons) when ugliness surrounded us.
  • – When I first became aware that I am a self-energized physical system, made out of other self-energized physical systems, and embedded in other self-energized physical systems. And that although dependent on the environment around me for sustenance, nonetheless I possess a Mind free to think and imagine.
  • – When I realized that to delve into the Universe inside me and beyond me, it was imperative to overcome the limitations of my organic senses.
  • – When I left home and threw myself into the adventure that forced me to face my fears and reconsider my entire worldview.
  • – When I was able to understand the simplicity and beauty of Einstein’s e=mc2, which taught me that, as every physical system in our Universe, I can only exist if I sustain (instinctively or self-determinedly) a relative equilibrium between the energy I amass and the energy I release into action and motion.
  • – When I was able to understand the simple beauty of Bell’s Theorem, which taught me that no matter how small or far apart the components of my body are, they are intimately interconnected to allow me to move, act, and think cohesively and with purpose.
  • – When I was able to understand the profound implications of Bohr’s Theory of Complementarity, which taught me that I am both, an utterly unique individual and a common component of the species we call Humanity; I am not one or the other, I am both at the same time.
  • – When I was able to understand the scope of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty and Pascal’s Probability, which taught me that, as everything in Nature, I am the result of natural processes emerging amid the uncertainty of an infinite number of probabilities.
  • – When I was able to understand the universal scale of Prigogine’s Dissipative Structures, which taught me that, as all open systems in Nature, I evolve by synthesizing energy – absorbing it in one form and releasing it in other – and therefore I am in continuous states of transformation.
  • – When I was able to understand the poetic lesson of Maturana and Valera’s Autopoiesis (self-creation), which taught me that I constantly re-create a self-bounded, self-generating, self-perpetuating physical system that, although constantly changing, remains a fundamental self.
  • – When I was able to understand the implications of the Mandelbrot Set, which taught me that the fundamental configuration of my body – the cohesive yet adaptable physical structure – is the result of a self-replicating evolutionary model that ensures the continuity of the species.
  • – When I was able to understand the all-encompassing reach of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, which taught me that as everything in Nature, I am a product of a creative and self-generating process that compels me to evolve toward Complexity.
  • – When I was able to understand the power of the Quantum Theories, which taught me that I am a catalyst for transformation, a driving force in space and time with the relative power to affect, not only my own self but the world in which I exist.
  • – And the greatest turning point so far came when I was able to reflect upon all the above turning points, and realized that they are fundamental elements of a Universal Blueprint from which the creative process of Life emerges.

Equilibrium,

Interconnectedness,

Uniqueness/Universality,

Uncertainty and Probability,

Self-creation and self-perpetuation,

Replication of evolutionary model,

Capacity to transform and be transformed by the movement of Evolution,

are common characteristics of a Universal Order manifested in every single creation of Nature.

And because this is self-evident, and beautiful, and incontrovertible, there is no doubt in my mind that a Turning Point in Human History will be inescapable when we begin to see this Beautiful Order

Revised October 2018

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