66 – Self-Reflection …

One of Humanity’s most significant insights into the nature of our Universe is Einstein’s E=mc2: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.” And although the implications of this insight are still incomprehensible to most of us … shame on Science … the equation is one of the foundations for the existence of evolving systems in Nature: Their capacity for self-reflection.

The symbols in the equation that most capture our attention are E for energy and mc2 for mass times the speed of light squared. But the essence of the equation rests not on those two symbols but in the symbol = for equivalence. The equal symbol represents the fact that 1 – no evolving system in Nature can exist without a sustained equivalence between the contents of its fundamental complements (energy and mass), and 2 – that a sustained equivalence between two contents can only be achieved through a degree of self-reflection. In other words, an increase in mass content must reflect an equivalent increase in energy content, and a decrease in energy content must reflect an equivalent decrease in mass content. The system ceases to exist once it cannot sustain this kind of self- reflective equilibrium.

Although self-reflective equilibrium in Nature is mostly instinctive, it is the universal law Einstein encapsulated in E=mc2. But because there is a movement in Nature that tends toward higher complexity and order, the capacity for self-reflective equilibrium is evolving beyond pure instinct into conscious self-reflection. This is self-evident in us, who are becoming more self-conscious of how the power of our instincts not only keeps our bodies in equilibrium but allows us to choose a direction.

The implications of self-reflective equilibrium as a Universal Law are monumental, yet they are not currently part of our collective Knowledge:

  • Our Universe evolves amid constant change into higher levels of complexity and order through a progression of stages in which the contents of its fundamental complements (energy and mass) are sustained in relative equilibrium.
  • But to sustain equilibrium between two changing contents is not possible without a degree of self-reflection … the measure of one content reflects the measure of the other.
  • And to do this in a consistent, sustained way demands self-determination.
  • So there is a simple logic in Einstein’s explanation of its equation: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.” It is the body, the Universe in this case, with the self-determination to reflect upon the contents of its fundamental complements and keep them in relative equilibrium so it can choose a direction and strive to evolve into higher levels of complexity and order.
  • And likewise, as components of our Universe, we have the self-determination to reflect upon the contents of our fundamental complements and keep them in relative equilibrium so we can also strive to choose a direction.
  • And highly conscious of our self-determination to evolve into higher levels of complexity and order, we are among pioneers.

We perceive Reality under a Paradigm that inhibits reflection upon the Fact that Life cannot exist for long without abiding by the Universal Law of Equilibrium. Our exponential growth and level of consumption have thrown our species out of equilibrium with the chemical balance of the environment that supports us. As a result, we have reached a critical point where our environment may not be able to continue fostering our evolution.

We are pioneers in conscious self-reflection and the awareness it brings to our understanding of ourselves and the Universe in which we exist, yet most of us unquestioningly accept the domination of a Paradigm intent on its obliteration. Why?

Revised March 2020

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7 Responses to “66 – Self-Reflection …”

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  2. knowing that I know Nothing says:

    I think that getting to the Self-reflective part within us, is something that takes time and self-motivation. If one is not able to find a way to look within oneself and search for that thing that can allow us to self-reflect, we find ourselves in an ignorant and unknowing stand.
    I sometimes think that people find it better to either conform and follow others, than be oneself. We are scared of that which certain factors in our environment cause us to believe, and we then act accordingly. I feel that behind every action, there is a choice. A choice to be either a conformist or a non-conformist, a seeker of knowledge or an obstinate type of person. Unless we are able to self-reflect, we will continue to follow and live in an ignorant and uninquisitive kind of way.

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