Posted by Tom Kershaw in on -
A blade of grass’ existence defies incredible odds. But upon closer examination, there’s an order to everything. Perhaps at times, it’s so complex that understanding it would be impossible—or just too much work. But the rules of physics and chemistry and biology are consistent throughout. Take a wider perspective and it’s easy to realize that Earth is far from the only rock spinning through space. And with all those planets and all those stars, it’s almost silly to think ours is the only one with life. What’s more, life on another planet almost certainly conforms to the same basic rules of physics, chemistry and biology that life on Earth does.
Randomness is an illusion. And though it can be a convincing one at times, it can only fool you if you’re merely scanning the surface of physical phenomena.
What about the non-physical? Perhaps there are parallels.
First of all, is there a non-physical?
Some (even many) claim that there isn’t. But they’re ignoring some pretty obvious stuff. Is there such a thing as language, you might ask? Anyone would undoubtedly agree that there is. “But that is merely a human construction,” they might reply.
Humans constructed language; it now undeniably exists. Humans also constructed societies, which also undoubtedly exist. But are these tangible objects? Obviously, their products are. Without language, there would be no books for example. Without societies, there would be no social institutions, like religions or governments. But these physical phenomena originated within humans somehow. Is it possible to look into those origins?
Is there a “human nature?” Truly, we are all unique, but aren’t we all the same as well?
I found that traveling confirmed this for me.
Still, doesn’t human endeavor seem random and chaotic? Think about the staggering variation that arises out of 7 billion individual “wills” acting out their own little dramas simultaneously.
But again, we’re looking at things from too wide an angle.
Let’s examine spirals. They occur with shocking regularity in nature, from the double helix of a DNA strand to the formation of nautilus shells to massive spiral galaxies. And check out this video:
Crazy, right!? We’re moving through a spiral at this very moment! As it turns out, each of us is probably moving through more than a few spirals at this very moment.
They emerge in THEE as well—a structure of the non-physical aspects of living a human life. Spirals represent our movement and progression through various states of existence in time. Much like nature’s spirals, they range from small (individual) such as the spiral of career development to massive (social) tracking society’s political development.
A clarification and classification of psychological and social elements as found in THEE is proof that there is order in the microcosm of each individual person. There is order in their interactions, their decisions, their communication, and anything else that is unique to being human.
Within each of us lies a structure (albeit an abstract one) that can be ordered and studied as usefully and concretely as the periodic table of elements.
Of course, THEE is highly complex and dynamic. But particle physics is complex and dynamic.
The hope is that someday, perhaps in a distant future, humanity will embrace this new way of understanding of itself. That added bonus? THEE does not exclude any existing knowledge. Perhaps the most succinct way to describe THEE:
“We structure the world using the structure that structures us.”
- Tom Kershaw
- Hi! I'm Tom and I am a full-time writer, musician, and father to a firecracker of a four year-old. My wife and I lease our house and cars from her in hopes that her considerable talents of mess-making, princess-impersonation, and stuffed animal-whispering will pay off and fund our eventual retirement in the south of France.
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