66 – Self-Reflection …

One of Humanity’s greatest 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 his insight are still incomprehensible to most of us … shame on Science … the equation holds one of the foundations for the existence of naturally evolving systems: The 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 its essence is found in the symbol = for equivalence. This symbol represents the fact that 1 – no system in Nature can exist for long without a sustained equivalence of its fundamental elements (energy and mass) and 2 – that sustained equivalence between two elements can only be achieved through a degree of self-reflective equilibrium. In other words, an increase in mass must reflect an equivalent increase in energy, and a decrease in energy must reflect an equivalent decrease in mass. Nothing in Nature we know of exists without self-reflective equilibrium.

Self-reflective equilibrium is mostly instinctive in Nature. Without regards to size or level of complexity, naturally evolving systems (atomic compounds, plants, animals, planets, galaxies) develop and self-preserve through the continuous equilibrium of their fundamental elements. But because everything in Nature tends toward complexity and order, the capacity for self-reflective equilibrium is evolving beyond pure instinct and into conscious self-reflection. This is self-evident in us: As naturally evolving systems, we have developed a brain capable of being conscious of our own capacity to self-reflect.

Whether conscious or instinctive, self-reflective equilibrium is the Universal Law of Equivalence Einstein encapsulated in e=mc2: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”.

The implications of this Universal Law are monumental, yet they are not currently part of our collective Knowledge:

  •   Our Universe has evolved into the high levels of complexity and order evident in Nature, through a progression of stages of relative equilibrium between its mass and energy contents.
  •  But a sustained equilibrium between two contents, whether it is instinctive or self-determined, can only be attained through a degree of self-reflection.
  •     Self-reflection is a property of Life.
  •     Therefore, our self-reflective Universe is Alive.

We have come to 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 our level of consumption under this Paradigm 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 able to continue to foster our evolution.

We live in a Universe that has allowed us to be the recipients of conscious self-reflection, yet most of us unquestioningly accept the domination of a Paradigm intent on the obliteration of self-reflection. Why?

Revised January 2018

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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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