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: 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 is found in the symbol = for equivalence. This symbol represents the fact that 1 – no naturally evolving system in Nature can exist without a sustained equivalence of its fundamental elements (energy and mass), and 2 – that sustained equivalence between the contents of 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.

Although self-reflective equilibrium in Nature is mostly instinctive, nothing we know of, without regards to size or level of complexity, can exist without it.

Whether conscious or instinctive, self-reflective equilibrium is the Universal Law of Equivalence encapsulated by Einstein in e=mc2. But because everything in Nature tends toward complexity and order, the capacity for self-reflective equilibrium is evolving beyond pure instinct into conscious self-reflection. This is self-evident in us, whom, as living systems, have become aware not only that we are alive, but that we are conscious of a mind able to reflect upon itself and the world in which it exists.

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

  •   Our Universe has evolved into self-evident levels of complexity and order through progressive stages of equilibrium between its mass and energy contents; energy converting into mass and mass into energy in myriad sizes and configurations, but always in equilibrium as it unfolds into complexity.
  •   But sustained equilibrium between two contents amid constant change can only be attained with a degree of self-reflection; one content always a measure of the other.
  •   And self-reflection demands decision-making. There is a simple logic on Einstein’s own explanation of its equation: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”. If, as a body changes, one content is to always remain a measure of the other, the body must reflect upon them, and act.
  •   And being able to be conscious about this process, 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 the recipients of conscious self-reflection, yet most of us unquestioningly accept the domination of a Paradigm intent on its obliteration. Why?

Revised February 2019

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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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