Archive for the ‘Vision for a New World’ Category

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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259 – MATRIX …

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Matrix | Definition by Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Something within or from which something else originates, develops, or takes form.

Every evolving component of our Universe, whether it is an atom, a cell, a solar system, a galaxy, you and I, is engendered as reiteration and reiterator of a universal Matrix.

The Matrix is a composite of a set of fundamental properties [1] that are essential to exist, survive, and propagate, and a blueprint [2] that charts growth and development with a degree of freedom in transformation. [3]

We, for instance, are engendered as reiterations of the Matrix and as reiterators as we propagate it with a degree of freedom on everything we engender– cells, skeleton, progeny – which subsequently are reiterations and reiterators of the Matrix as they propagate it with a degree of freedom on everything they engender, and so forth ad infinitum,

Reiteration with a degree of freedom is how we have evolved from our simian ancestry into the techno-wizards of today. It is how cells propagate the supple order of the double helix. It is how Life and everything it engenders is replicated and evolves.

We are all reiterations and reiterators in the magnificent Order of this universal Matrix; an Order that is as ancient as Time itself; an Order that connects us all with its unfathomable yet self-evident pursuit of Complexity.

But how, as members of this Order, can we sense the interconnectedness, the bond between us and our cells, between us and the Universe?  How can we?

The answer is in us.

 

[1] Interconnectedness, equilibrium, triality, dissipation, self-creation, progression, reiteration, propagation.

[2] Self-organization, bonding, self-generation, adaptation, self-regulation, self-perpetuation, transformation.

[3] The properties of the Universal Matrix have been derived from my non-scientific understanding of scientific theories; for example, Interconnectedness is, to me, the essence of Bell’s Theorem, Equilibrium is the essence of Relativity, Progression is the essence of Evolution. The characteristics of the Universal Blueprint have been derived from my understanding of the evolutionary processes of evolving systems in Nature; for instance, how cells, or galaxies, or animals, self-organize and bond into cohesive systems that adapt to changing environments with a degree of freedom to transform themselves and their world.

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256 – We are Immersed in the Universe, and the Universe is Immersed in Us …

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

It is incontestable that we are immersed in an ingenious, adaptable, self-organizing, self-generating, self-regulating, self-perpetuating, self-transforming Universe.

But of all the sentient organisms we know of, we seem to be the only ones aware that, as the neurons in the developing brain of a human child build connections that will ultimately bring Awareness, we are building the connections that will ultimately make us aware that, by being ingenious, adaptable, self-organizing, self-generating, self-regulating, self-perpetuating, self-transforming like our Universe, we are interconnected.

As we are immersed in the Universe, the Universe is immersed in us.

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251 – And so do we …

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

 

 

 

Photograph inside a Hydrogen atom (click on the pictures to enlarge

 

 

 

 

Human cell with visible mitochondria.

 

 

 

 

 

Whirlpool galaxy M51 and its companion NGC5194

The internet pictures shown above depict a Hydrogen atom, a human cell, and a galaxy. These objects are all universal components and as such,

have a history with a common denominator,

a beginning that stems back to the same point in space and time

and a force within that mandates them to

self-generate,

self-organize,

self-regulate,

bond,

consume,

adapt,

self-perpetuate,

transform.

 

And so do we … you and I.

 

Like atoms, and cells, and galaxies,

we have a history that stems back to the same point in space and time

and we embody a force so encompassing and powerful that it mandates every one of our components to abide by its mandate

and yet

it endows us with a degree of freedom to bend it.

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249 – Opposing yet Complimenting Forces …

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Survival in our Universe is a contest between opposing yet complimenting forces, some of which tend toward complexity and order, while others toward disorder and chaos. These forces are an indelible part of Life, and because they cannot exist without an opposite, the crux of survival is to seek equilibrium between them.

Life is a tussle between complementing opposites:

Good

E

Bad

Life

Q

Death

Reason

U

Instinct

Activity

I

Inaction

Consciousness

L

Unconsciousness

Free Will

I

Determinism

Future

B

Past

Creation

R

Destruction

Uniqueness

I

Commonness

Suppleness

U

Rigidity

Order

M

Chaos

As elements of Life’s progression toward complexity and order, we depend on environmental sources to exist. And as environments change, we are bound to encounter forces that may hinder or encourage our progression, creating disturbances that oftentimes send us in the opposing direction than the one we were seeking. But because Life’s hallmark is flexibility, and equilibrium is the crux of survival, we, either by instinct or self-determination, seek to return to a degree of balance which usually demands a degree of transformation to adapt to the changing environment.

We inherit the force of Life with its forward movement, but due to our dependence on environments and their demands and fluctuations, survival is a constant tussle between opposing yet complimenting forces. Yet we seem to be, as far as we know, the one creature in Nature possessing the conscious awareness of this dilemma and the capacity to reflect and, with purpose, choose.

Revised April 2022   

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242 – It is Entirely up to Us …

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

The fact that something can be pre-determined and free at the same time poses an irreconcilable contradiction to our intellect. Yet everything in Nature, including you and I, unfolds by following a process that is relatively pre-determined (fertilization, prenatal development, birth, infancy, childhood, youth, adulthood, old age, dissipation) while endowing us with a relative degree of freedom to choose how we transform ourselves and our world, how we adapt to changing environments, how we forge our destiny.

But a degree of freedom is not handed evenly. How can we compare the chances to choose of a child growing up in war-torn environments with those of a child growing up amid wealth and opportunity?

And so, for those of us privileged enough to have the freedom to choose, what we do with it is a responsibility.

Therefore, the crux of having a degree of freedom to choose is the knowledge that pre-determination lays ahead, inescapably waiting for the time when the significance of what we’ve done with our freedom      will be the measure of our transcendence into the continuum of Life.[1]

[1] Transcendence comes from the Latin prefix trans-, meaning “beyond,” and the word scandare, meaning “to climb.” When you achieve transcendence, you have gone beyond ordinary limitations. Vocabulary.com

Revised March 2022

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241 – Where do we find Truth? …

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Our organic senses don’t tell us the whole truth about what we are,

they are too limited for that,

but so are the people who believe their senses are the whole truth.

 

To find the truth,

we must go beyond what our senses can sense,

yet that knowledge is already within us.

 

We are universal beings,

nested between the worlds of the microcosm and the macrocosm

where a keen sense of awareness is growing conscious of the living Force that brings together the worlds of the endlessly finite and the infinitely infinite,

creating everything,

creating us.

 

It is in that Force where Truth is. And it is already within us

to be found,

to be sensed,

to be understood,

to be loved,

to Be.

 

Revised March 2022

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237 – Guidelines for the Education of Every Child on Earth …

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

“If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.” Maya Angelou

When parents regret the outcome of hurtful personality traits in a child who has been under their guidance, the natural excuse is “We did our best,” “We didn’t have a manual.”

It is true. Most parents try their best, but in our cultures, they do not have guidelines for the critical job of raising a child, especially in the early years when children are more vulnerable, impressionable, and dependent on the guidance of adults.

And even though we have some guidelines that have been passed on from generation to generation (Tolerance, Honesty, Compassion, the understanding of the difference between Right and Wrong), there are critical guidelines that are not even considered.

Even though the “Golden Rule” (Treat others as you would like others to treat you) is the foundation at the core of most societies, we have nothing like a universal set of guidelines for how to inculcate it in our young. The lack of something like this is at the roots of our chaotic, selfish, aggressive, greedy, intolerant, and destructive paradigm under which we base our educational systems.

There is a desperate need for a universal dictum encompassing ancient and new guidelines, like the ones below, based on simple principles we all know will lead to better societies:

  • From early in their upbringing, teach children that Life is the primal source from which we are engendered and into which we return.
  • Teach children the value of organized religions to bring people together to help others, but that because their core beliefs are dogmatic, they inhibit freedom of thought and especially critical thinking. Therefore, give children the freedom whether to follow a religious belief.
  • Teach them that we are a part of Nature, and as such, totally dependent for sustenance on the environments we inhabit, but also that, like no other creature we know of, we are consciously aware of possessing a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world.
  •  Challenge them to create a vision not only of what they would like to do with their lives, but most importantly, of how that vision would affect our world.
  • Introduce them to the history of individuals like Aristotle, Mandela, Einstein, Darwin, whose impact on the world transformed not only the way we behave but also the way we understand ourselves,
  • Teach children that Life is the most beautiful phenomenon in Nature, and that because we are conscious that it is, we are one of its most beautiful manifestations.
  • Teach them that they have the power to make the world as happy and kind as they want it to be, and then set them free.

I believe that with guidelines like the ones above, children can grow not only greatly aware of the significance of their presence in the world but most importantly, better prepared to face the world their ancestors have created and transform it with gentleness and care.

Revised March 2022

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