280 – We are participants in the unfolding of our Universe …

Why, if it is the most important thing there is, most of us are not aware that we are a part of our Universe?

We would not be alive otherwise.

This lack of awareness about something so important is understandable in those of us whose lives are a constant struggle to survive, but for those of us who have the time to be curious and the opportunities to know how to know, it is unforgivable; our lack of awareness of this truth is the source of our detachment from reality, and the reason why we are destroying the world that gives us existence.

Scientists, especially those in the physical sciences, bear great responsibility for our ignorance; they fail to include us in the nature and beauty of their theorems. It is as if we don’t exist in what they learn about our Universe, therefore, instead of expanding the knowledge of our intimate connection with our Universe, they reassert our feeling of alienation.

The feeling of alienation they evoke in us does not represent the truth that, as every cell in our bodies participates in the unfolding of what we are, we are participants in the unfolding of our Universe.

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered, the point is to discover them.” Galileo Galilei

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279 – It is Horrendous …

The killing of human beings by other human beings, especially when incited by hate, is a horrendous act.

It is horrendous to see the normalization by educational systems and religious organizations of hate-incited killing of human beings by other human beings as a natural side of our humanity.

It is horrendous to see filmmakers, politicians, scientists, authors, make the hate-filled killing of human beings by other human beings a common, acceptable, necessary, entertaining act; the winning prize of control and superiority.

It is horrendous to see the militaries of the world inculcating in the mind of the young and vulnerable that the killing of human beings unworthy of our righteousness is something to be proud of, even if it is oftentimes genocidal.

It is horrendous and deranged to see socio-political and religious factions proudly claim responsibility for the hate-filled massacres of human beings by other human beings.

We claim to have evolved beyond the savage behavior of the ‘lower’ animals, but our behavior is no less savage; we are the only ones who kill our own with levels of cruelty and cognition unseeing in Nature.

It is horrendous to see how we, the recipients of the highest and most far-reaching intellect so far known in Nature, kill our own in the name of hate. It breaks my heart.

What has turned us to be like this?

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278 – Transmutation …

What would you do with your life if you knew that it emerged as part of the restless continuum we call Humanity; a continuum eons in the making and impelled forward not only by the forces that challenge and strengthen its continuity

but by us,

you and I,

as we toil with opportunities or the lack of them to improve our survival or that of our species.

We come into Life built with the capacity to perpetuate the continuum and with a degree of freedom to alter it. This is magnificent. This is how Humanity moves forward, self-creating, self-transforming, learning, adapting, re-forming. This is how, equivalent to the significance of what we accomplish with our lives, we re-emerge back into the continuum, transmuted into other forms of life.

Nothing truly dies. What seems to be an end is but a transmutation from one state of being into another. We see death as an ending because we cannot see beyond our limitations.

All those in our evolutionary progression who struggled to survive, to change the world, to help us see beyond our limitations, live in us in what we are becoming as we may live in what we may become. This is how the past informs the present and the present informs the future.

We are the creation of our past and the creators of our future.

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277 – Where do we come from / What are we / Where are we going …

 

Update on my ongoing quest to find answers to a set of questions I believe are the most profound challenge posed to the human mind. The questions are the title of the above painting by Paul Gauguin.

Where do we come from?

We emerge out of a primordial, self-generating, self-regulating, self-transcending Source; a phenomenon whose onward movement we call Evolution. But Evolution is just the progression through which the primordial Source unfolds into higher orders of complexity and order. And since the unfolding of the Source is measurable, its creativity discernible, its self-generation evident, its power immensurable and colossal, some of us call it God, but we tend to call God what we cannot understand. And because in its evolution the Source manipulates and is manipulated, some of us call it Nature, but Nature is just one of the Source’s myriad manifestations. And because we can only imagine the beginning of the Source as an ‘explosion,’ some of us call it the ‘Big Bang,’ but the event we deem to be an ‘explosion’ was merely the emergence of one of its manifestations.

And since the Source thrives in us – in our desires, in our fears, in the pulse of primal blood in our veins, in the rhythmic beat of our hearts, in the innate instincts that compel us to adapt and survive, in our boundless ingenuity and creativity, in our urge to bond and re-generate, in our self-reflective contemplation of self-reflection – some of us call it Life. But Life is the Source itself in us and all around us, the mystery of mysteries from which we emerge with the capacity to transcend beyond our own limits.

What are we?

Infinitesimally small from the dimension of the stars and immense from the dimension of the atoms, we are a manifestation of a primal Source that imprints us from the moment of Becoming with a mandate to bond, re-generate, adapt. Thus ensuring our participation in the renewal and perpetuation of its onward movement.

But although driving us with primal instincts and regulating our development under laws that control our internal and external environments, the Source nonetheless endows us with a degree of freedom to choose, to adapt, to see beyond immediacy, to transform ourselves and our world. We are sources of Transformation.

Where are we going?

Pregnant with the possibilities of a degree of freedom yet limited by the demands of our internal and external environments, we forge ahead until we no longer can, until the inexorable moment when we must begin the disintegration of our physical self and re-integration into the unfolding Source from which we emerged.

Like everything in Nature, we develop through the evolutionary steps of our species. Each step builds upon the ones before; some steps affect immediate progeny while others entire generations; some steps affect the course of our evolution while others Evolution itself. This is what Transcendence is, the reaching out beyond our own existence. Therefore, according to the significance of what we imagine, what we create, what we destroy, what we take, what we give, we may transcend into a new form of existence, a new form of Life equivalent to the significance of our existence.

Think about Einstein – how his ideas live among us, opening new visions of the Universe and challenging our understanding of Reality; think about Darwin – how his theory of Evolution lives among us, stimulating research in the origins of Life; think about Mandela and Gandhi – how their courage live among us, inspiring pacifist rebellion against the tyranny of unaccountable power; think about Socrates – how his method of inquiry lives among us, stimulating discussion on the meaning of Being; think about Gauguin – how his profound and haunting questions live among us, daring us to search for answers. These human beings live among us in heightened forms of existence that further our creative progression towards complexity; they live among us in the greater reaches of our perception; they live among us challenging and transforming our understanding of the unfolding phenomenon from which we emerge, helping us move forward in the transcendental process of Becoming, making us more daring in our visions of the future, more self-conscious about the struggles and wonders of existence.

WHERE DO WE COME FROM? We emerge out of a primordial self-generating, self-regulating, self-transcending Source.

WHAT ARE WE? We are sources of Transformation.

WHERE ARE WE GOING? In equal measure to the significance of our lives, we transcend into the Source from which we emerged.

TRANSCENDENCE IS A MEASURE OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EXISTENCE.

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276 – Self-Creation …

There is nothing more amazing to me, besides the fact that I am alive, than the fact that I create and re-create my own components … my own cells, my own organs … and that by doing so, I am constantly re-creating myself.

This is the universal power of self-creation in me … the continuum of Life … by re-creating myself, I am Life re-creating itself.

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275 – On Vacation …

If everything goes as planned, I will post again on October 15, 2021.

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274 – On Energy …

What is Energy? It is in me as it is all over the Universe. It is what moves me, and atoms, and stars, and whole galaxies, and the Universe itself. It is what gives Life life. And yet, these platitudes are about the best I can come up with in my efforts to try to understand what energy is because I really don’t know.

The information I gather from scientific sites on the internet state that energy is a quantitative property transferred to an object in order for the object to perform work; that under the Law of Conservation, energy can be changed in form but not created or destroyed; that energy, in all its manifestations (gravitational, electric, magnetic, etc.), is associated with motion; that transforming kinetic energy (motion) into potential energy (stored), and back again, is how things move and change; that energy is closely related to mass, and that according to e=mc2, the mass of an object has an equivalent amount of energy, which in other words means that when an object acquires or sheds mass, its energy respectively increases or decreases by an equivalent amount.

See, scientists can explain its manifestations, its properties, its transformations, its equivalence with mathematical precision, but they cannot fathom where energy originally came from. They claim that our Universe came into existence in an explosion – the infamous “Big Bang’ – but explosions, any explosion, requires a source of energy to ignite, and they don’t know where the energy that ignited the ‘Big-bang’ was transferred from.

According to Wikipedia, “The Sun is the source of energy for most of life on Earth. As a star, the Sun is heated to high temperatures by the fusion of hydrogen in its core. This energy is ultimately transferred (released) into space mainly in the form of radiant energy (light).”

But where, I ask, was the energy that ignited the Sun transferred from? The answer, of course, is that it was transferred from the centrifugal forces of the Milky Way. But where, I ask again, was the original energy that created the Milky Way transferred from? Where, I ask, was the primal energy that conceived our Universe transferred from?

A body, whether it be an atom, a cell, you and I, a solar system, a galaxy, the Universe itself, needs a transfer of energy sources to be conceived, to grow, to develop, to adapt, to become a source of energy itself. This is the energy that transforms everything and is transformed by everything. It is the force behind the motion of atoms and stars and everything we do. It is the source of Life, and as Life, we don’t know what energy is because we don’t know what gave it its origin. We just don’t know.

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273 – On Religion …

I was brought up under the indoctrination of Catholicism. And when I finally liberated myself from its claws, I came to despise its iron hand, its cruelty, its possessiveness, its greed for power, its utter and defiant imposition of ignorance on those with the need to follow its creed. Catholicism suffocated me. It forbade me to think about myself as the beautiful animal I am, and instead tried to impose the belief that I am full of sin and malice. Catholicism wanted me to accept a doctrine in which the only way to ‘salvation’ was the sacrifice of my innate need to know in exchange for total submission to its irrational dogmas. I always believed in the order and beauty of a universal Being from which my innate need to know emanates. There is too much beauty and wonder in me and around me to ever doubt Its existence. Therefore, I could never come to accept the angry and vengeful god the religion forced upon me without allowing me to question “his” cruel and selfish motives. But amid its abhorrent and power-hungry self-interests, Catholicism gave me a beautiful thing: It taught me that I am created in the image of the creator.

The concept of Complementarity in science and the guiding principle of a beloved mentor that taught me that “Everything resembles everything,” are affirmations of this truth. An atom, a molecule, a human being, a planetary system, a galaxy, the Universe from which we all come into existence, are all unique in our peculiarities and the elementary composition of our bodies and we are wave-like in the patterns we weave with our interconnections and we are universal-like in the things we all do that make us all alike: We all consume energy sources and transform them into the forces with which we change ourselves and our world, we all create, organize, and regulate our own components to fit the demands of our environments and perpetuate our existence. We are all alike.

There are two sides to Religion. One that binds us with dogma, and other that opens the doors to our relationship with the creator.

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272 – UNIVERSAL MATRIX …

The Universal Matrix, consisting of a set of fundamental properties and a blueprint for development, is the supple code from which evolving systems in our Universe – atoms, cells, species, you and me, galaxies, the Universe itself –  originate, develop, and take form.

The chart below lists some of the fundamental properties and the scientific theories from which they ensue. [1] These fundamental properties are intrinsic and non-negotiable. In other words, they are indelible.

(Reiteration: repetition, duplication, reflection, copy, embodiment) * (Propagation: spread, promote, diffuse, make copies)

The chart below lists the characteristics of a Universal Blueprint that guides the development of evolving systems in our Universe. These characteristics are intrinsic and negotiable. In other words, they are what give evolving systems the freedom to transform and be transformed by environments.

 

 

 

 

Our Universe, and everything it encompasses evolves in accordance with a process in which its Universal Matrix, binding yet giving freedom, is reiterated on every component, and every component reiterates it on their own components, and those components on their own components, and so forth ad infinitum. This ongoing sequence of duplication and propagation renders all evolving systems in our Universe, including you and me, reiterations and reiterators of a Universal Matrix that endows us all with a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world.

This is how our solar system has evolved from a cloud of dust and ice into a vessel for Life’s manifestation into myriad forms; this is how you and I have evolved from our simian ancestry into the awareness of our own awareness; this is how Life looks at itself and wonders.

[1] The properties of the Universal Matrix have been derived from my non-scientific understanding of scientific theories. For example, Interconnectedness is, to me, the fundamental property of Bell’s Theorem, Self-reflective Equilibrium is the fundamental property of Relativity, and so on. The characteristics of the Universal Blueprint have been derived from my understanding of evolutionary processes in Nature, for instance, how evolving systems self-organize and self-regulate with a degree of freedom.

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271 – Have you ever thought … ?

Have you ever thought about the process in which two cells, an ovum and a sperm, each from a different body, became You? How did you, then a zygote,[i] know how to follow a process that unfolding for eons of time initiated your own self-generation … one cell into two, two into four, four into eight, and so forth … and got going the development of your existence?

Have you ever thought about the level of organization and planning that was already embodied in those pioneering cells? How did they determine the distinctiveness of you … the color of your eyes, the pigment of your skin, the type of your blood … and how was this information reiterated in every new cell, and how specialized cells were created to focus on the organization of your skeleton, your heart, your reproductive system, and a nervous system with a level of self-awareness that allows you to interact with the world without having to be aware of the shaping, the regulating, the replacing processes going on all the time within you.

Have you ever thought about the primordial forces that made you develop a male or a female reproductive system? How did you, when that critical decision was made, recognized the call of a species that tends to equilibrium between the sexes (the sex ratio of most species that produce offspring through sexual reproduction, notwithstanding events that decimate or slow its growth, is approximately 1:1 between males and females).

Have you ever thought about the fathomless process of self-organization going on right now inside your body so you can be You? Have you ever thought about how the pre-meditated process of organizing and giving you life is done almost entirely without a hint from you? Have you ever thought about asking Who, if it is not you, is doing the organizing?

Have you ever thought …?

[i] A zygote is a eukaryotic cell formed by a fertilization event between two gametes (reproductive cells). The zygote’s genome is a combination of the DNA in each gamete and contains all of the genetic information necessary to form a new individual. In multicellular organisms, the zygote is the earliest developmental stage. Wikipedia

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