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 Foundation of Life: The capacity for self-reflection.

The symbols on the equation that most capture our attention are E for Energy and mc2 for mass times the speed of light squared. And although energy and mass are the fundamental elements of our Universe, the essence of the equation is found in the symbol = for continuous equivalence, because the sustained equivalence, or equilibrium, between energy and mass (or any two components of a body for that matter) can only be achieved with a degree of self-reflective equilibrium; which means that an increase in mass must reflect an equivalent increase in energy, and a decrease in energy must reflect an equivalent decrease in mass. Nothing we know of in Nature can exist for long without the capacity of self-reflective equilibrium.

Self-reflective equilibrium is mostly instinctive in Nature. We see it exercised at different levels and degrees in atomic compounds, plants, animals, planets, galaxies. Everything develops and self-preserves by sustaining their mass and energy contents in continuous degrees of equilibrium. But because our Universe inherently moves towards 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: As components of our Universe, we have evolved a brain capable of being conscious of its own capacity to self-reflect.

Self-reflective equilibrium, whether instinctive or conscious, 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:

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

We perceive Reality under a Paradigm that imposes the limiting belief that our Universe is lifeless. This belief hinders reflection upon the obvious Fact that, individually and collectively, we cannot be alive for long without abiding by the Universal Law of Equilibrium. Therefore we have reached a point of non-equilibrium; we are consuming more than our planet can support. Yet reflection upon our imbalance is inhibited, and thus we are at a critical point where our species may not be able to survive for long.

We live in a Universe that has allowed us to be the recipients of conscious self-reflection, yet most of us unquestioningly continue to accept the domination of those few individuals trying to obliterate self-reflection. Why?

Revised June 2017

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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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