72 – We are Synthesis of Opposites …

Our minds are not yet capable of comprehending how atomic particles transform from energy into mass and mass into energy in a constant dance of equilibrium; nor can we yet conceive how atomic particles gather together to form the complex and beautiful organization of our bodies; nor can we yet perceive the Primordial Forces that drive them, like musical notes in the continuum of a melody, to empower us with a relative degree of freedom to play our own music.

Dominated by a Reductionistic methodology, science has led us to believe that we can understand the Essence of Nature by reducing it to its most elementary constituents. Thus we find ourselves desperately searching for the ultimate of all particles, the one scientists call the ‘god’ particle, believing that once isolated it will lead us to the understanding of everything. But by focusing on this approach, we have lost our capacity to perceive the ancient natural Forces (Bonding, Self-organization, Self-generation, Self-perpetuation, Self-reflection) that bind everything together, including us, as fleeting yet significant elements in the continuum of Existence.

This is akin to trying to understand the Essence of a melody by isolating a musical note and losing the melody in the process.

Atomic particles, like genes or cells, can, of course, be physically isolated to understand their characteristics, compositions, propensities, interactions. But by doing so we not only remove them from their natural domains but more importantly, we overlook the Primordial Forces that bind them together into emerging organizations.

The methodology of Reductionism, by itself, gives us an incomplete understanding of Reality. The Essence of an atom, a gene, a cell, a human being, or a musical note for that matter, cannot be comprehended by Isolation or Reduction but by seeing them not only as a complete whole themselves but as complements of a whole.

All natural phenomena are composites of seemingly opposing sides. We are unique and common, destructive and creative, predator and prey, instinctive and self-determined, significant and insignificant, relatively permanent and transient, a part and a whole. And although seemingly opposing, they complement each other; one cannot exist without the other. Therefore, by focusing exclusively on one of the complements, we not only fail to see its co-dependence on the other, but we fail to see the complete phenomenon.

We all have a destructive and a creative side, an instinctive and a self-determined side, an ugly and a beautiful side, a ‘bad’ and a ‘good’ side. And we cannot further the understanding of our own emergence nor of the natural world from which we are emerging, until we accept the Fact that, like everything in Nature, we are a synthesis of opposing yet complimentary sides of Nature.

Revised March 2019

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