Before writing this article, I was thinking of many other topics but somehow couldn’t write down the thoughts. Anyhow, we are back again to the ‘Five Most’ series. The last one was this article. At the end of each year, media channels produce these top 5 series such as top 5 films, top 5 books and so on. However, this article is different as these are universal and timeless top five most common characteristics that work both at the physical and psychological levels. They are:-
Any entity always revolves around another entity
We know that moon revolves around the earth which does the same with the sun. In fact, all celestial bodies do the same. Planets revolve around a sun, satellites do it with planets and even galaxies are continuously revolving. There is constant movement in the universe with all bodies playing the dual role of being the focal center and the revolving object. The attraction between these bodies is nothing but gravitation. Now, let’s look at sentient level, a mom’s life revolves around her kids and family, an enamored man’s life revolves around his lady love, a job dictates a person’s life and so on. In conclusion, we are revolving around things which dictate our livelihood. Now, it might seem that this characteristic is too obvious and there is nothing to gain from it. Since we are analyzing things at an abstract level, here is an interesting question. In our lives, we are revolving around multiple focal objects which are part of different circular paths. Will our life be made any easier if we can group some of these focal objects so that there is reduction in the number of circular paths?
Interestingly, the above mentioned characteristic is an example of a universal fractal design. Wikipedia defines a fractal as a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. Fractal design is mostly discussed in design and mathematics. But, it is a universal characteristic. The golden ratio is a popular case which has been proved with a lot of examples. Even, the universally perceived physical beauty of a face is dictated by golden ratio. There is famous quote “The whole universe is within you” which can be roughly interpreted as all elements of nature (fire, water, earth, air, ether) are within you and the activities of the universe are performed within our own bodies. Universality can be perceived in particularity. However, the sum of particulars doesn’t constitute the universal. That’s why the design is perceived as fractal. Can you think of some interesting fractal universal patterns?
Conceptual Awareness of all Entities
This is a slightly complex characteristic to comprehend. Any object is not independent of a subjective counterpart. The perception of all objects is not complete without a subjective aspect in the mind. In order to establish a connection between subject and object, there needs to be a link. Additionally, this connective link has to have a constituent which relates to the both the subject and object. Therefore, there is a common constituent among these three aspects, which is nothing but the awareness of “itself”. I am aware, you are aware, any entity is aware. This is not to be confused with ‘self-awareness’ discussed in mainstream media and academic literature, which refers to the entity’s ability to reason and think. The “it” awareness can also be called as a base consciousness of all things. This characteristic is very interesting because if you are break an object into multiple smaller objects, the underlying awareness/consciousness remains the same. It is formless and timeless but omnipresent. Are you confused? Take some time to think! We are in the realm of meta-abstraction 🙂
Digging deeper, it can be said that this identified awareness is the only awareness that is complete. Let’s look at an example, when we perceive an object such as a dog sleeping by the roadside, our individuality affects the way we think of the dog. One would admire the beauty of the dog, another would want to get out of the place due to fear of dogs, one would want to pelt a stone at the dog, another might think of abducting the dog. In this way, our perception of an object is incomplete since our mind is limited. There is no total awareness of anything through the mind as it is subject to space and time. The earlier identified base awareness is the only total awareness which is omnipresent yet independent of the object.
Does Randomness really exist?
Unlike the other characteristics which are stated to be true, this one is different as here is an attempt to refute a universally accepted phenomenon. People often talk about things like luck, random event, fortune, out-of-nowhere, butterfly effect and so on. All these terms are related to randomness. Randomness is even modelled in mathematics. The randomness in mathematics is really a strange kind of controlled randomness. In order to look at randomness, we need to get into two related themes Cause & Effect and Action & Reaction. Any event in time and space has a beginning i.e. a cause. Can we refute this claim? I am not able to find any convincing reason. Can you? The relationships between cause and effect can be perceived in two scenarios. Cause and effect are two related states where the entity changes from one state of another. Alternatively, effect is always embedded within the cause and it shows up when stimulated. Either way, there is an effect when an entity is subject to another entity or a set of entities. On the other hand, we talk of action when doing things. Actions are performed with some goals in mind. Therefore, a reaction is an end result of an action. Are there any actions which don’t cause any reactions? Complete inaction is almost impossible for us. Now, let’s get back to randomness. If seen from the dual perspectives of cause & effect and action & reaction, there is nothing random. Only our individual or combined perception and knowledge is limited while ascertaining the cause of a random event. That’s why we attribute words such as randomness to such events. We have to just accept our limited faculties of thinking and sensing here. From now on, if someone talks about the effect of randomness in their lives, poke them with more questions 😀
Three Fundamental Forces
“Calmness, Stability, Equilibrium”
“Action, Movement, Dynamism”
“Depression, Dullness, Inertia”
The above three states are the clues to this characteristic. Can you see that your life is basically a continuous repetition of these states? Yes? then we are in agreement in terms of the three fundamental forces of life – Equilibrium, Dynamism and Inertia. By forces, one would imagine them to be physical but the subtle forces are the ones that impact us more. These forces are important as they dictate the mental health of the being. If the person is mentally healthy, it leads to sound physical health as well. As humans, we are in control of our minds and we can think and reason logically. If there is an instinct within us, it can be subdued unlike animals which are powerless in execution of some instincts. Therefore, the key is to combine equilibrium and dynamism in correct amounts to lead a decent life, devoid of self-inflicted problems. If we look at the predominance among these three forces, dynamism and inertia are more prevalent than equilibrium. Dynamism is the very nature of life. There is constant movement in the universe. It is said that things are vibrating at a rapid pace that some of these movements are so subtle that our sensory organs aren’t attuned to detect them. Motion pictures are an apt analogy here. Movies are actually a continuous display of images; the movement is so rapid that our eyes perceive a continuation of events in the film. Same way, the sensory restriction of our visual, tasting, smelling and hearing abilities is also to be mentioned here. Time, a human created construct is constantly moving and with its effect, space also changes. Time and Space are related and dependent on each other for sustenance in our minds. Inertia or resistance to action is easy to perform but it leads to negative consequences in life. On the other end of the spectrum, Equilibrium is difficult to attain as it is reliant on mental satisfaction and acceptance. In conclusion, if you master these three forces, your life will be pleasant 🙂 Can you see the prevalence of these forces in other aspects of nature? My guess is that you will find them everywhere 🙂
And here is the album that kept me going through this article. Megadeth for crazy inspiration!!!