I am a thinker.
I can’t help it but most of my life has been consumed in thinking about this or that. I love squeezing the paste out of reality and seeing what I can make of it. Over the years my thoughts have criss-crossed the landscapes of philosophies, religions, fiction, historical ideologies, scientific discoveries, mathematics, fashions, fads, theater, occult, art, music, contemporary news – you name it – I have probably dabbled in it in some small yet personally satisfying way. I have never been an expert but tasted of various disciplines until my interests were either distracted into some other area of indulgence or I became satiated enough to leave and divert my attention towards something else. But in all of these emotional and mental meanderings my undivided focus is completely and utterly absorbed by the fascination of the ultimate purpose of this thing we call life;this space we occupy and the stuff of the universe. I have come up with a theory, a theory that is still not fully formed but an idea that helps me construct some kind of personable rationale……..here goes…….indulge with me for a few minutes…
We eat to survive.
Food replenishes our bodily mechanism.
In fact all living things consume other living things to renew .
It seems to be the governing law of life.
Without eating we perish sooner than expected
And yet once we reach our life span we die anyway.
And so it goes, we perish and the cycle continues with the next generation of
But this food consumption that replenishes our bodies also requires the oxygen that we breathe,
Without the interchange of gasses there is no life.
This process combines to create other substances
So breathing and eating and the exchange of gasses can be an apt definition of life.
We eat and breathe to perpetuate the renewal of life. This interactive process of renewal is a universal phenomenon permeating the fabric of substance in every sphere.
This law of nature is not guided by morality but a simple structure of renewal.
Renewal guides and defines the sequence of time.
The basic structure and renewal of life measures up to the renewal and structure of the expanding universe. Growth and expansion are synonymous in the same way as expansion and contraction are limitless. There is a two-way process going on. Size is a relative concept in much the same way as time is a relative concept.
As a participant in this renewal process, by the miracle of my existence, I also have a role to play in the all embracing governing mechanism of the renewal processes governing life.
Life is not confined to this earthly ecosystem. Life as we know it is not confined to the physics and biology of our planet but is a part of the great scheme of the universal mechanism that constantly renews and creates the act of self perpetuation.
Einstein once suggested that the Universe does not play dice.
And I agree that the idea of chance or accidental
design cannot satiate the deeply human need nor logic for an answer to the patterns that propose a purpose in life through renewal.
To seek an answer to the ultimate question I am drawn into the world of quantum physics.
Quantum physics is an area of science that operates in the
realm of probability
A basic understanding is that it is an area of science that
does not fully comprehend how the fabric of the physical
universe meshes together but still manages to harness a
theory of probability enabling it to manipulate areas that
help create the marvels of modern technology.
It is only with the power of imagination that scientists have
been able to appreciate the flaws in our perceptions of
reality and have opened up a new world of possibilities in
defining the fabric of matter.
My life, tiny and infinitesimal as it is against the backdrop of the ever expanding universe is a breathing, regenerative life that partakes of the process that
is connected in the renewal of the regeneration of the expanding universe.
My individuality is transformed and metamorphoses into another individual reality made up of a different set of physical realities after I transit through the processes of death and renewal.
This transient process undergoes transformation as part of a life play that participates in the renewal of the transformative reality of the universe.
The substances I generate through my breathing and daily renewal assist in the all governing principle of Nature’s renewal into another sequence of reality.
My role and my place in the expanding universe is a minor yet significantly precious player in the ever expanding renewal of the universe.
What is the outcome of all of this reflection ?
To intellectualise and systematically
rationalise my obvious, momentary and transient
existence ……………and to satisfy a need for logical problem solving.
To end with two more of Einstein’s quotes
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Food for thought?