Archive for the ‘Vision for a New World’ Category

270 – Imagination is our Sixth Sense

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Our perception of reality is constructed in our brains with the input of our senses, and it is put together through a process in which neurons – our information cells – working together with regular cells, create a mind free to unleash the world of the imagination yet constricted by the landscape of reality.

Encased inside our skull, the only contact our brains have with the outside world is through a set of organic senses that, like Touch or Taste let us experience our immediate world, or Vision which let us see the world around us and the faraway worlds of the stars, or Imagination which let us create images of the worlds we can touch, taste, see, and the worlds we cannot.

Like Touch or Vision or Taste, the sense of Imagination is organic; it affects our choices and even hurts us and makes us smile. Like Touch or Vision or Taste, Imagination is the result of the neuronal activity in our bodies, and the input we receive from the environment, and the life-history of the beholder.

But unlike Touch or Vision or Taste, Imagination is boundless. Our sense of vision, for instance, out of myriad stars in the Universe only lets us see our closest neighbors. While Imagination, boundless but for the walls we build to constrain it, let us imagine the entire Universe.

Imagination is our sixth sense. Set it free.

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269 – Freedom of Choice …

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Freedom of choice describes an individual’s opportunity and autonomy to perform an action selected from at least two available options, unconstrained by external parties. Wikipedia [highlight mine].

Because our choices are constrained by external parties, most human beings do not have freedom of choice. Our decisions, our actions, our choices, our dreams are dominated by the ideologies and beliefs of others. Just think how much our perception of ourselves and our world is manipulated by Organized Religions, Politics, Economics, the Media, and, especially, by the takeover of Education of a corporate mentality.

What we call ‘Freedom of Choice’ is fragile as a chimera.

Freedom of choice, to me, is having the capacity to explore what it means to be Human amid the vastness of the world we inhabit and the microscopic world from which we are made, and to love who we want to love and love what we want to do, constrained only by the search for Truth and Happiness and the knowledge that, even if our Freedom of Choice is fragile as a chimera, we can still change the world.

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268 – The Will to Live …

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Life is based on equilibrium … the balanced consumption and exertion of energy sources,

and equilibrium is based on measurement … “the mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.[1]

 

But measurement needs self-reflection,

and self-reflection needs order,

and order needs consciousness,

and consciousness needs Life.

 

But what is Life … conscious Life?

How can Life be so ordered as to endow every organism on Earth with the same DNA, and yet be so chaotic as to bring destruction on its own creations?

Although I don’t know the answers, there is something I do know about Life: Based on the frailty of equilibrium and order, Life stays alive by inciting the will to live … the effort to adapt, to survive, and perhaps, to leave a mark on the world.

[1] Einstein

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267 – What is it in us? …

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

How deeply sad it is to see the killing, and the hate, and the violence, and the cruelty, and the crumbling cities, and the starving children, when it doesn’t have to be this way.

What is it in us that incites us to not let others be what they are, to punish them for Being, to destroy their livelihood?

What is it in us that makes us think we have the right to destroy and kill other human beings for not being what we are?

What is it in us that makes it so unbearable to find peace and happiness just by being what we are and letting others be?

The flame of Hope flickers weakly in the midst of so much anger and intolerance.

What is it in us?

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266 – How can we still doubt? …

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

How can we still doubt – as so many of us do – that our Universe is alive?

When it is self-evident and thoroughly proven that it grows and evolves in a steady, self-determined progression toward higher levels of complexity and order.

When patterns – like the constancy of the speed of Light, the economy of its chemical elements, the preference of its galaxies to conform into elliptical or spiral shapes – ripple across its entire body, regulating itself, organizing itself, loving itself.

When its progress is so palpable that we can see it with our own eyes and feel it and touch it with our own bodies.

When we, one of its myriad living components, are creations of its constant self-creation.

How can we doubt?

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265 – The Unknown …

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

In my youth, forced to believe what I intuitively knew to be fallacies fabricated to control the human mind, I rebelled. Instead, I embarked on a search for the Unknown for whom I have no name but from whom I emerged with the invincible imagination that, although laced with ignorance, urges me to find the Truth.

The Unknown from whom we emerge is not omnipotent or all-powerful as many of us claim, but the sentient, self-evident, knowable, living organism we inhabit and inhabits us; an organism who, like us, struggles to adapt and survive amid the demands of challenging environments; an organism who, like us, inherits supple laws to construct a supple future; an organism who, like us, is driven by instincts and needs yet invested with choice and purpose.

We, the Unknown and us, are both destroyers and creators. We are both ugly and beautiful. We are both limited and free.

The knowledge gathered from our crude existence is the result of what we experience through our organic senses, yet it is also the knowledge that lays the ground for the exploration of an Unknown that, although remaining beyond our comprehension, allows us to muse about it because we are in it, and it is in us.

Since I am he, who I am seeking?

Why should I seek? I am the same as he. His essence speaks through me.

I have been looking for myself.” Rumi

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263 – SYMMETRY …

Monday, March 1st, 2021

1: balanced proportions 

also: beauty of form arising from balanced proportions

2: the property of being symmetrical

especially: correspondence in size, shape, and relative position of parts on opposite sides of a dividing line or median plane or about a center or axis [1]

 

The time it takes the moon to rotate around its axis is symmetrical with the time it takes to orbit the Earth.

The human body is the symmetrical proportion of two halves working as one.

The solar system is the symmetrical dance of planets around its star and moons around its planets.

The basic structure of Hydrogens atoms at one end of the Universe – a nucleus, a single electron, a relatively constant factor that defines spin, life span, and decay – is symmetrical with the Hydrogens atoms at the other end.

The Fibonacci sequence is Symmetry in mathematics and sunflowers.

The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.”

 

There is order, beauty, and balance in Symmetry. And whether determined by primal forces or its own volition, Symmetry is a form of Self-reflection … there is no proportion, nor continuity, nor order without one side reflecting on the other.

Symmetry is self-evident in the obstinate persistence of our Universe to unfold toward complexity and order.

And so the mind is pressed to ponder about the force behind the obstinate persistence of Symmetry:  What is it that drives the self-reflective progression of our Universe not into disorder and chaos, but into order and consequence?

[1] Merriam Webster

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262 – We are a Universe …

Monday, February 15th, 2021

The beautiful thing about our current knowledge of our Universe is that science has opened windows to the human intellect that were closed for centuries under the dogmatism of organized religion. Those open windows let us now peer at the beauty and complexity of our Universe, and, most importantly, at the similarities it shares with us. For instance

how, like our Universe, we emerge into existence with the innate urge to self-organize and adapt;

how, like our Universe, we are determined by natural laws that regulate our development while endowing us with a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world;

how, like our Universe, we are made whole by the concerted intent of our every component to bond, to regenerate, to survive.

To be whole … to be One … like our Universe, we are a reflection of our every component, and every component is a reflection of what we are.

We are a Universe.

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261 – Imagination …

Monday, February 1st, 2021

To rely solely on our limited organic senses for the understanding of reality is to miss the immense and elusive reality that exists beyond them; the reality that can only be glimpsed at with the unlimited sense of our imagination.

If we focus solely on satisfying the immediate needs of our limiting senses, we will never be able to understand the power of our imagination. It is boundless.

We depend on our limited senses for survival, but it is the sense of our imagination that gives us the boundless freedom to explore, to discover, to transform ourselves and our world.

We are pure potential.

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260 – Universal Consciousness …

Friday, January 15th, 2021

How can our Universe sustain, amid constant change and across eons of time, the progression of a process self-evidently intent on unfolding into greater and greater levels of complexity and order – from clouds of gas and dust into solar systems, from congregations of cells into self-reflective organisms, from myriads of stars into self-organizing galaxies – if is not for the existence of a universal consciousness?

Our Universe is a system that we assumedly claim to have begun with an explosion out of nowhere; an explosion that has not dissipated as explosions naturally do but has instead turned into the harbinger of Life.

There is no way to account for this kind of development, but for the persistence of a universal consciousness not only intent on advancing into greater complexity and order but doing it with an unfathomable purpose.

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