56 – E=mc2 and us (Part II) …

Theoretically we know that Atoms are the stuff we are made of, yet we think of them as something alien, something out of another realm; something that has nothing to do with us. We think of them as composed … without meaning or purpose … of incomprehensibly small billiard-ball-like electrons going around a nucleus in the center of mostly empty spheres.

Early in the Twentieth Century our Solar System was used as an analogy to more or less try to understand and visualize the structure of the Atom. And most of us still cling to this analogy … this is obvious in the imagery we continue to use to portray Atoms.

Although somehow misleading, this analogy does point to some very obvious similarities: The electrons in Atoms circle around a nucleus in more or less stable orbits – same for our Solar System where the planets circle the Sun in more or less stable orbits. The combined mass content of the electrons is miniscule in relation to the size of the entire Atom – same for the combined mass content of the planets which is minute in relation to a Solar System hypothesized to extend to the Oort Cloud nearly a light-year away from the Sun. The space in which electrons and nucleus attract each other is vast and mostly empty – same for the vast expanses of space in which planets and Sun attract each other which appears to us to be mostly empty.

Where the analogy is very misleading is in the assumption that the space in which the planets interact is empty. It is not. It is Energy. But because we cannot see it, we cling to what our limiting organic senses allow us to perceive, and then force that perception into our understanding of Reality

According to the universal scope of E=mc2, as explained in Einstein’s own words, The mass of a body (or system) is a measure of its energy content.” [1]

In other words, no matter how big, or small, or compact, or supple a body might be, its mass content (the combined volume of its parts) must equal the energy required to keep the parts together as a cohesive unit. These two contents complement each other creating myriad compact, flowing, breezy, ethereal forms of Existence as they interact with environments; they are the Fundamental Complements of natural bodies.

As someone said: “mass is condensed energy, energyliberated mass”. These two complements might fluctuate as the body absorbs and releases energy sources, but they must remain in relative equilibrium for the body to have a continuous form of existence … the body disintegrates once this equilibrium can no longer be sustained. This process, so essential to our survival, is so instinctive in our own bodies that we are mostly unaware of it. Yet this is how Life arises, and how it evolves into complexity. It is also how it guides us: There must be Balance within us; without it we distort and infringe.

We are out of balance: Our level of consumption is demanding energy the planet does not have. There are currently not enough sources to sustain the demands of our growth. Like the Atoms in us that sustain equilibrium or dissipate, we either readjust or pay the consequences of our infringement.

Yet powerful, dominant forces, ignorant in their greed, want us to be out of balance and continue growing and consuming as if there is no tomorrow.

Will we let them?

[1] Parenthesis mine.

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