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A last word or words:
Interrelations, in most cases, are considered a demonstrable fact. We live in an interactive paradigm. Further, we all exist within a constantly changing inter-relational web. Another representation of an inter-relational web would be a system or systems. A system is, minimally, a group of members, entities, parts, and/or elements that: 1) interrelates for a common purpose or purposes and/or a common functions or functions and that 2) exhibits characteristics and behaviors unique to its purpose and functions.
An oversimplification of systems theory or thought would incorporate a standard schema of input flowing into stock which flows into output; that is:
Input → Stock → Output
One of many representations of a manufacturing model or system: the input can be the raw materials, the manufacturing process, investment in capital, and so on. The stock can be the finished products, resources, or services; and the output would be distribution, sales, and income from the products, resources, or services. The common purpose of a manufacturing system is to produce goods and/or services, usually specific although not exclusive for human consumption or related in some form to human activity. Some of the unique characteristics, of this manufacturing system, are specifically designed buildings and structures, land areas, office areas, and so forth. These specific elements are purposed for specific functions, that is, the function of the creation and dissemination of certain goods, resources, and/or services.
One of the many representations of a human educational system: the input would be new human births and their eventual entry/progression into formal and informal educational systems. The stock can be the introduction or incorporation of varying degrees of educated and conscientious populace into our society, and the output can be the continuation and growth of the existing societal structures and cultural values. The common purpose or goal of an educational system, whether formal or informal, is to promote and produce citizens who will be knowledgeable, functional, and law-abiding adults; citizens who will conform to and perpetuate the mores, regulations, and expectations of the societies into which they are born. Some of the unique characteristics, of these educational systems, are specifically designed institutions such as schools, churches, community centers, libraries, youth organizations, and others. These specific elements are purposed for a particular function; that is, the function of the socialization of our future citizens.
One of the many representations of a universal system: the input can be the entry of sentient beings and entities into an existing universe and the introduction of an infinite variety, complexity, and numerality of micro and macro objects, bodies, masses, properties, conditions, and so forth; these could include a range from very small objects, sub-atomic, to very large objects, planets/stars. The stock would be the dynamic present time/space status of a universe and the output would be the dynamic unfolding time/space status of a universe. The common purpose, one of many purposes, is the innumerable expressiveness of all-that-is or an ultimate totality. Some of the unique characteristics, of the universal system, would be a singular signature of space/time construction, space/time mechanics, and other universal elements of physics that are purposed for a particular function. That is, the function of ceaseless and multiplistic unfolding of a myriad totality, which is a representation of all-that-is or an ultimate reality.
There are a vast variety of systems on our planet and they do function independently while simultaneously overlapping with other systems. The overlapping of systems creates reactions within systems and interactions between systems:
Input → Stock → Output
↕ ↔ ↕
Input → Stock → Output
Most importantly the interactions and reactions of innumerable systems create a complexity of interdependence and a broad-scale aggregation. A broad-scale aggregation or an overarching system would be the subsequent result or the collective outcome of numerous inter-linked systems.
Between the human systems/civilizations, on this planet, and the non-human systems/species milieu of insects, plants, reptiles, fish, birds, and others; and the elements of nature; the interactions between all of these earth-bound systems would ideally create a condition of equilibrium or some inherent counterbalancing mechanism of exchanges. Mutual resources are shared; which should allow for the survival, growth, and continuance of all participants and of all systems. Technically the human and non-human systems are subsystems or components of the larger overarching planetary ecosystem.
Although most interrelating systems do inherently exhibit some form of self-adjustment and/or self-maintenance as they naturally shift or adjust to changing internal/external dynamics; there is also the critical matter of maintaining balance between a multitude of complementary and competing systems. While intra-planetary systems, or internal planetary systems, can be self-adjusting, humans can potentially assume and should assume a more responsible role through thoughtful global stewardship and through the wise use/administration of resources.
It is quite possible for one system to become dominant among a group of inter-linked systems; and arguably there is now an imbalance occurring between human and non-human systems, in our present 20th and 21st century. The increasing impact of human systems on other non-human systems does occur within the context of the larger ecosystem or planetary system, and therefore human stewardship and wide resource management should strive to maintain a balancing or counter-balancing impact on this larger system.
A further extension, of systems thought, would necessarily have to include a broader context of a system or systems outside of our planet; such as our solar systems and/or our galactic system. Another further consideration would necessarily have to incorporate a broader inclusion of a system or systems outside of our present physical reality. That is, a unique system or systems within non-physical reality, or another dimension, that is linked to and interactive with the systems in our physical reality. There would be, evidently, an implication of some form of a unique or unusual systems dynamics between these realities and an implication of some form of an exceptional system aggregation between these two realities.
What separates us from other beings; including entities, objects, and other elements; aside from our uniquely distinctive physicality and psychology, is our individual energetic and/or vibrational signature. An individual’s energy signature is as individualized as our physical fingerprint, dental configurations, and other personalized physical attributes; and as individualized as our particular mental and psychological status. An individual’s energetic signature while distinct from other individuals must also share some form of commonality, energetically, that is representative or consonant with our planet, solar system, and even our particular universe. Perhaps an individual’ energy signature could be represented as a musical score; that is, a score which features a mutual/shared undertone, or shared background octave, or a mutual attunement. This is a mutual/shared attunement existing for all beings, entities, objects, and elements in our planet and in the universe. Ideally all beings, entities, objects, and elements would exhibit some form of common energetic undertone in the background and a specific individualized energetic overtone in the foreground.
What separates our particular reality from other realities would be some manner of divergence in energetic and vibrational signatures; as well as perhaps some quality/quantity of divergence in physics; that is, a difference in the properties of space, time, gravity, mass, and so on. This divergence might be minor between parallel realities and yet significant between different dimensions. The boundaries between these different realities would create some form of barrier regions or liminal peripheries between these different realities/dimensions. Conversely and ironically these regions would not necessarily be impenetrable non-porous barriers but they might be regarded as a framework or environment of some form of interactions; a region of actions, reactions, and counteractions between contrasting forces, particles, energies, frequencies, and so on. This could be similar to the condition of the human skin that protects us, that is, it is simultaneously a barrier between the inside and the outside; and it is a region some form of interchange between the inside and the outside.
When examining border areas of divergent, or the separation, between individuals, it seems obvious that one individual is concretely distinct and autonomous from another individual. Of course, there are clear physical boundaries or properties of separation. However from another perspective, on a sub-atomic level, at the very least, these boundaries between individuals can be considered porous regions of actions, reactions, and counteractions.
Essentially all beings, entities, objects, and others, are unique in their signature, an energetic and/or vibrational signature, although they also have some mutualized form of a planetary/universal undertone that is incorporated with their unique personalized overtone. The apparent separation between us and other beings/entities/objects is real and actual in the ordinary context of our physical reality; but it is not real and actual when considered in a different and broader context.
A case in point; a person is distinct from a chair, or a cat is distinct from a book, or an airplane is distinct from an apple, or a leaf is distinct from a beam of light, or a drop of water is distinct from a patch of earth, or a building is distinct from a cloud, or star is distinct from a person; this is our perception within physical reality. However on the conceptual level of subatomic activity; this is the region of electromagnetics, energy, particles, waves, vibrations, and so on; there are unceasing actions, reactions, and counteractions that occur outside our ordinary perception of separation.
Vibrational levels, energetic frequencies, and signatures often refers to a dynamism and a rate of the occurrence of energy; and it refers to the quality of the occurrence or the occurrences of energy. Vibrational levels, energetic frequencies, and signatures are also applicable to consciousness or sentienceness. By energy, we are referring to electro-magnetisms and other related forces, and by the term consciousness we are referring, minimally, to some form of self-awareness.
Vibrational levels, energetic frequencies, and signatures include references to the electromagnetic spectrum, including the light spectrum. A spectrum that has implications for all beings, entities, and objects, and all aspects of physical reality. The electromagnetic spectrum ranges from radio waves and microwaves at the lower end and then to x-rays and gamma rays at its higher end. The visible range, of the spectrum, is equivalent to our world of vision and that is located in the middle range of the electromagnetic spectrum; along with terahertz, infrared, and ultraviolet designations. Additionally, there are sound ranges and temperature ranges which are external to the electromagnetic spectrum. All of these categories and/or properties within or without the range of the electromagnetic spectrum have distinctive signatures of energy, wavelength, and frequency. By example, radio waves; for transmission of radio, television, wireless, and etc.; have low energy signatures, and low frequency or speed, and have longer lengths of wave oscillation or fluctuation. In the case of gamma rays, they exhibit high energy, and a high frequency or speed, and have extremely short lengths of wave oscillation or fluctuation.
All beings, entities, objects, and elements, have an energetic signature with varied degrees or qualities of energy, frequency, and oscillation. These energetic signatures can freely and do freely/unceasingly interact and interchange, thereby re-positing or reiterating that one of the fundamental qualities of the nature of the universe is its inherent interactivity and transience.
There is another implication to the concept of distinctive energetic signatures and that is the possible recognition or identification feature. Perhaps on some deeper level, of consciousness, all beings and others, do recognize each other by their distinctive vibrational and/or energetic signatures. This would be an inherent/tacit internalized recognition or identification. Further this implicit mechanism of recognition could certainly be considered a confirmation of the uniqueness of all beings, entities, objects, and elements.
Reality, our physical reality, naturally transitions from the non-physical to the physical. A thought, choice, idea, or intent; and of course others; can become an interior stimulus for activation in the exterior physical world. Therefore events, appearances, or experiences, in the world, have a dual elemental nature, that is, it has an outside, or physical, or evident, or manifest nature and it has an inside, or non-physical, or potential, or non-manifest nature.
A singular event begins with an interior stimulus; a thought, choice, idea, and/or intent; but the actualization of this interior stimulus must be its transition or transformation into some active form of energized expression or some active form of dynamic appearance. In reference to new physics and to metaphysical thinking; energy is thought and thought is energy. It is the thought or choice or idea or intent activated or energized out of a potential internal state that becomes subsequently externalized or manifest as an event.
Although events, appearances, and experiences in the physical world can be referenced and examined as singular occurrences, in actuality, events and experiences segue or morph into and interact or react with other events and experiences; thereby creating innumerable streams of continuity that have micro and macro connotations or implications. While the outside of events, the manifest/the actualized, is apparent; the inside of events, the potential/the latent, is obviously less apparent. Both the actualized and the latent are present and both are components of an event.
The inside of an event is the thought/intent/choice/idea that provides the initial stimulus and its succeeding energetic actualization. The continuity of an event, once manifest, is the successive energy and reactive thought/intent/choice/idea that is created and re-created as a respond or reaction to the continuing and unfolding event and/or events. There is, in other words, an ongoing interplay between the manifest and the non-manifest, or between the physical and non-physical, or between the actual and the potential elements of events and experiences.
It should also be emphasized that obviously not all events or experiences, with its intrinsic dynamism and momentum, are human events. For instance, the events of 1) a car waiting in a garage, 2) a tree growing, 3) a cloud drifting, 4) a book leaning in a bookcase, 5) an insect scaling a plant, a planet orbiting, or 6) a light bulb shining in a lamp; do contain their own independent/interwoven non-human dynamism and momentum.
In our reality, we understand events, appearances, and experiences within the context of our space/time construct. We relate to events in sequential portions, fragments, or segments. A case in point, a trip to the neighborhood grocery market could be segmented into: 1) a person initially leaves the house, in their neighborhood, at 9.30 am; 2) a person arrives at the grocery market, which is two miles southwest, at 9.45 am; 3) a person conducts their shopping and departs the market at 10.15 am; and finally 4) a person returns home at 10.30 am.
From another perspective, we could reflect differently upon the event, the grocery market trip. It is easy to see and to identify the sequential actualized physicalized pieces of the grocery market trip but it is not as easy to see or recognized the non-physical elements that are also present. At the very least, there is some form of initial intent/desire; this initial non-physical though/intent/choice element is a form of energy and it is energetically actualized in physical reality as a series of real earth-bound interactive events.
Energy, thought, sub-atomic particles/waves, and so forth are inherently bi-local; there is a manifest freedom between the locations they might inhabit or in other words, these elements might appear in more than one location simultaneously.
Non-physical reality and physical reality do both contribute to the mechanisms of events, appearances, and experiences. However the focus of non-physical reality generally corresponds to the parameters of potential/latent events, while the focus of physical reality generally corresponds to the parameters of the specific expression of actual events. Of course, there exists between the two realities, a significant divergence in the qualities of space/time construction and space/time mechanics; and this supports the bi-local condition of event creation in the two different spheres of reality, while involved in one composite event creation.
Needless to say, our physical reality, the reality that we understand and the reality that we exist in, is intimately interwoven with a linked or adjacent non-physical reality. Furthermore, despite qualitative differences, they are essentially, both of these realities, linked realities or perhaps they are different aspects or versions of one larger core reality. If there are inside and outside components or elements to events, appearances, and experiences, then there should be inside and outside components or elements to all aspects of reality which are included within a larger aggregate or overarching reality. All aspects of reality would include trees, cars, buildings, atoms, dogs, cats, supernovas, black holes, Bach cantatas, clouds, radio waves, and many others, and all these aspects would have some form of inside/outside condition.
The outside reality is the manifest, physical, or actualized world that we live in and the inside reality is the non-manifest, non-physical, or latent world that is inhabited by a multitude of non-physical beings, entities, objects, and other elements. From another point of view, there may not be two separate realties, the physical and the non-physical, but rather there may be one broader core reality with two distinctive sets/characteristics of qualities, modalities, attributes, and/or conditions.
Symbolic Self/Symbolic World
The nature of the self and the nature of reality is that they both exist within a conceptual condition of duality and multiplicity, and within the perceptual precepts of relationality and relativism.
The reference to duality, in regards to the individual self and/or the physical world, is not a reference about opposition but it is a reference about the inherent implicit and explicit attributes of self-ness and world-ness. There is an inside and outside to all aspects and all representations of reality, whether micro/individual or macro/aggregate. The individual self is the self as expressed explicitly and the physical world is the world as itself expressed explicitly, and equally the individual self and the physical world have an implicit quality.
Multiplicity refers to the complexity intrinsic within all beings, entities, objects, and other elements, that inhabit reality. Specifically humans co-exist, in the present space/time construct, within multiple stages/ages of itself, with multiple internal voices and externalized personas, and with multiple linked incarnational personages, who exist within and without our earth-bound space/time construct.
Relationality refers to all beings, entities, aspects, objects, components, and elements, of reality exhibiting an inherent interactive condition or quality. At the very least, on a sub-atomic level of particles, energy, waves, and etc., there is a constant flux state of interaction and exchange. There is an innumerable complexity of association or relationality within and between all beings, entities, aspects, objects, components, and elements.
As for relativism, this is a reference to a shifting state of significance between diverse members of reality that does foster varying and changing degrees of subjectivity. There is shifting relative or subjective status between all members, beings, aspects, components of reality. Relativism refers to the shifting lens of perspective, value, and significance that is an intrinsic characteristic with sentienceness.
The nature of the self and the nature of all aspects of reality has a further condition of concurrent solidity and of concurrent liquidity. This reference is about the core nature of all participants within reality; and this is a nature which is an indispensable hybrid nature. This hybrid nature consists of some form of internalized solid unchanging essence and also some form of externalized elastic evolving expressionism. It is a hybrid of a solidic and fluidic identity.
There is a symbolic or a representational facet to the innumerable physical manifestations of reality because of its tacit, or less than obvious, connection to its non-manifest nature. The world of physical reality, and the universe, are real and solid but they have a compound or composite nature. That nature is a mixture of inside and outside expressiveness or a mixture of latent/potential and actualized/active expressiveness.
Finally, a reference to the ultimate totality is important because this reference is a representation of all actuality and all potentiality. There are many designations for the universe and the reference of all-that-is is one of those designations, a non-personalized or a less-humanized designation. A similar comparison could be the Asian non-personalized designation of the Tao. The Tao, a circular icon containing two alternating currents of energized movements, and it can be regarded from a perspective of wholeness or from a perspective of its discrete elements, which are parts of the whole. Additionally another universal reference could be suggested by the usage of the terminology of the implicate/explicate order, which is, a form of being and becoming respectively.
Naturally, we arrive at the question of the necessity of the individual self, and of course, of all aspects of the ultimate totality. At the very least, all aspects, including the individual self, can be considered a form of validation for the ultimate totality. Our existence infers a singular and a collective authentication. All of the participants of reality express themselves in a unique and singular fashion while similarly enriching and adding to the overall expressiveness of the ultimate totality.
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Human Potential – Book One
Written between July 2009 to June 2011
Santa Fe Public Library
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