89 – Self-reflection and E=mc2 …

Although Science has still to recognize it, Einstein’s greatest discovery was to capture in an equation the universality of self-reflective equilibrium in Nature. E=mc2 proves it.

Although the physical aspect of the equation has been proven through methodological scientific experimentation, its self-reflective aspect has yet to be explored.

In Einstein’s own words: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content” *, and vice-versa, I add. In other words: Notwithstanding size, nor level of complexity, nor environmental changes, for a body to be viable throughout the extent of its life, its mass content must remain relatively equivalent to its energy content. Once this equivalence cannot be sustained the body disintegrates.

The essence of e=mc2 lies not in the quantities of its fundamental elements … energy and mass … since they obviously vary according to the development and dynamics of the system(s), but on their sustained equivalence, their equilibrium amid consumption and dissipation. This sustained equilibrium is the essence of the symbol = (equal) in the equation.

When a ‘body’ … a naturally evolving system like the earth, our species, a cell, an atom, our own body … enters an existential arrangement in which the success of its development is totally dependent on a sustained equilibrium between the consumption and dissipation of its mass and energy contents, there’s got to be, whether instinctive or self-determined, a degree of self-reflective equilibrium.

As every naturally evolving system in Nature, we know this from personal experience: we fuel our development by consuming energy sources (foods, oxygen) to release them in equal measure as action, power, waste. We cannot survive without this instinctive self-reflective process.

Self-reflective equilibrium is the essence of Einstein’s insight. It is the foundation of self-perpetuation that fuels the unfolding of the evolutionary process that creates the phenomenon of Continuity in Nature. This is how immensely complex systems like galaxies, planetary systems, us, have developed.

E=mc2 is one of the most beautiful insights into the nature of our Universe, but because we continue to perceive ourselves as separate from Nature, we fail to see the beauty of the equation in us. Our capacity to self-reflect is obvious to us, but not the instinctive self-reflection of our bodies: As we grow and change, our consumption and dissipation of energy sources increases in relative measure to our increase in mass. Think of what happens when we go on a diet, or when we want to build muscle, or when we get sick and lose mass and ‘lack’ energy.

As our bodies consume and release energy sources to stay alive, so does Humankind. But we have come to a point in our evolution in which the demands of our exponential growth are overwhelming the environment that gives us life. We are out of equilibrium, and it seems we don’t want to reflect upon its potential consequences.

* Highlight mine.

Revised January 2018

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