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The Universe Is Looking for Perfection

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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

How do we know this? Simple: The universe is all about change. Nothing stays the same. Why? Because everything interacts, and interaction causes conflict and change for everything involved. And what is involved is not just local.

Every movement of your body affects the environment. Air gets moved as well as anything in it. It was discovered by science that metaphorically speaking, the flapping of a million butterfly wings in South America can change/effect the weather in any other part of the world. And in principal even change the outcome of an election, or anything else through a chain of cause and effect.

Newton was wrong in thinking the world worked like clockwork. It looked like we would have known everything by now. But then came Ed Lorenz.. He thought he was going to be able to predict weather accurately for months in to the future. He worked at it for a long time coming up with a matrix that he was sure would work. But failed.

What he discovered was that small perturbations originating from various places create small changes which can grow into large ones: The butterfly effect. Thus weather, (among other things) is not accurately predictable more than 5 days in the future, and usually less. Take two balls that are exactly the same to space. Launch both together at the same time. They should keep moving together. But in space or on earth, they travel together for a while, and then they start taking their own course. How? Small unpredictable changes that cause larger ones through interaction.

Everything is intimately connected. The Buddhists told us this for centuries before science showed how true it is by way of quantum field theory among other things.

Lorenz's discovery eventually created a new branch of science. Chaos Theory shows us how the simple becomes the complex by constantly following the same simple rules over and over again under different conditions. The saying: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results " is both right and wrong. Doing the same thing under exactly the same conditions will always result in the same outcome. But doing the same thing over and over under different conditions gives different results.

Take a boat out in perfect weather and you have a good time unless something goes wrong. Take the boat out in winter... well if the water is frozen it might slide, but nothing is going to work the same way.

Truth is about conditions. The truth about a set of conditions stays the same as long as the conditions stay the same. Change the conditions and the truth changes. If I turn on my tap and get water, I can be certain to get water every time I do that unless something in the system changes. That's a fact.

So it's all about interaction, mergers, conflict, and the demand for resolution. And it all comes from one simple rule of physics all atoms follow under diverse conditions. That rule being: all atoms constantly attempt to reach their lowest possible energy levels. This is the reason for entropy, as well as why everything we see exists.

Were there but one kind of atom it would be relatively easy. All atoms would be in equilibrium and nothing would happen. No conflict, no needs no diverse interaction. A kind of perfection/perfect balance. In fact, what science predicts will happen if the universe expands enough. We call it the end of the universe or heat death.

But right now there are many kinds of atom. All made of the same kind of ingredients: Protons, neutrons and electrons, it's the amount of each that makes it different. One proton and one electron is hydrogen. Each time a proton is added, an electron is added, and it becomes something else.

When different atoms interact, energy levels rise. They may push each other away, destroy each other, or merge, then find a new lowest possible energy level, and stabilize. It depends on their nature. What happens with merger is the creation of something new. When hydrogen and oxygen merge we get water. Funny isn't it? Hydrogen is one of the most combustible things around. But only when there's the right amount of oxygen around. Without it, hydrogen won't burn.

But with oxygen and a spark, it burns like crazy. And what happens next? They merge and create h2o/water. The simple becoming the complex. It's amazing. The result of both atoms actively following the same rule under diverse conditions. Everything we see and experience is the result of this one simple rule which demands resolution to conflict, creating mergers which create new compounds, which interact with different types of compounds and yet again cause conflict, merger and a new stability/order along with a new substance.

All conflict is high energy and can't be maintained for ever. A resolution is demanded. War is a perfect example. Who wins most of the time? Those with the most/best resources. And what happens then? A new order, regardless of how stable it is, it reduces energy levels for a time.

But if people aren't happy with the results because they are being oppressed, that's going to create new conflicts and result in new resolutions. It's always an ongoing process.

But look at where the world started. If we go by the big bang, the first atom created in it was hydrogen. As they cooled the atoms/gas started to condense reaching critical mass, creating massive stars. In those stars, due to temperature and pressure, hydrogen atoms fused together creating the variety we have today. When those stars imploded more new kinds of atoms were created.

When the stars went super nova they set all those new atoms free. This formed clouds of debris and gases. Then, as things cooled down the clouds condensed again. Now they reached critical mass earlier creating smaller stars. And as our star was born it created a solar wind that blew rest of the cloud away. Hence as those clouds condensed planets were created. Each failing to reach critical mass.

But what happened as the planet was formed? All those atoms were now interacting. The place was molten lava. But as those interactions stabilized, the earth cooled and the earth's crust was formed. Heat being high energy chaos, cooling being lower energy states: entropy. And as those atoms and new chemical compounds mixed and interacted more new things were created. Even us. The simple to the complex. From a chaotic world of rocks to a world of life. That's the pattern. From bad to much better

Look at where humans came from. A few thousand years ago you had a better than 50 percent chance of being killed by another human. Now it's 1 percent or less in most places. Why? Because we all want personal stability, peace, and freedom. How can you be free if you're constantly worried about being murdered? You can never have peace or security, never mind prosper. So we created social contracts." I won't harm you if you don't harm me." Later they became laws as societies developed.

Tribes were usually related. Genes want to be passed on and protected. You protect your kids/wife/friends etc. But others were a problem; not to be trusted. The basis of racism: us against them. We fought, killed each other, sometimes ate each other and raped each other's women.

But that can't continue forever. People get sick of fighting and being afraid. So some tribes merged, some just made peace etc. They also eventually started trading. But there was always a them vs us. That same pattern continued and led to villages, towns, cities, city states, and eventually countries/nations. Now you treat your country like a relative. Patriotism. Nationality is the us. Culture/tradition/religion etc.

Again we see the same pattern over and over evolving us from simple tribes to now multicultural societies. It's a chaotic system; Same rules under altered/diverse, ever changing conditions creating new order.

Not long ago slavery was acceptable, genocide was the way to go to be sure of no retaliation in the future. Rape was acceptable, racism was acceptable, and so much more. And that wasn't so long ago.

Why did it change? Why is it changing? Because it all creates conflict and demands resolution. We've come pretty far, but we still have so far to go. That's how evolution works, from the same rules the atom follows; which is the reason for entropy: the need for lower energy levels for stability and balance. For us, it translates to an increasingly peaceful, relatively free secure existence. And that too is Natural selection, as we naturally select what we come to believe is best for us, even if it isn't.

If it turns out to actually be best for all or most of us, we keep it. But that doesn't mean it too won't evolve or there won't be conflict with those who don't agree. We experiment. If it doesn't work one way we have to try another.

We'd all like a perfect life, but there can be no perfection unless it's perfect for everything. Why? Because imperfection will always cause conflict. Perfection is unchangeable because it has no needs or all its needs are always fulfilled. No need to change anything. Something having needs would interact with it and damage its perfection.

So what about ego? We all have one. We do what we believe is right for us. That often causes conflict. Does it matter? Yes and No. it's part of the process. But we're all human and all have the same basic needs. So the goal is to get rid of conflict by making sure everyone's basic needs are met. Unfortunately, it's not an easy straight forward thing to do. There's no single magic solution we know of yet.

Let me explain chaos theory a little more. Have you heard of spin glass? You create glass by mixing molecules that are spinning in different ways/directions. You start with chaos. Conflict. A high energy situation. But opposites cancel out/trap each other, and when it all stabilizes you have the hardest, some say highest quality glass we can make.

We all know why a car has a muffler. It's loud and annoying without one.. But if you create an equal and opposite annoying loud noise, you're left with utter silence. Order from chaos.

Why does no tree look exactly the same? After all, they all follow a basic rule: Grow a little and divide. And they do that over and over. There genetics should rule how they grow, right? Not exactly. The reason is, each tree is in a specific place. What decides how a tree grows are it's needs: light, water, soil, weather, etc. And because no two trees occupy exactly the same space, each lives in a different environment, and therefore grows in slightly to extremely different ways.

Then there's the jelly bean game. Fill a container with jelly beans and ask people to guess how many there are in the jar. The one who guesses right or gets closest wins a prize. Turns out most people don't come close, guessing way too high or way too low. A few get close but getting it exactly right is rare. However, farther investigation discovered that if you average all the guesses you often get the exact number or within one or two. Amazing. And this pattern is everywhere. Order from chaos. The simple evolving to the complex. The not so good evolving to something better. All by way of following the same simple rules over and over under different conditions. Interaction, causing conflict, causing a demand for resolution, resulting in a new better order.

It makes a good case for democracy, and an even better one for real democracy where people actually vote on all issues, regardless of the fact that many of us aren't well enough informed to make good informed choices. In theory It would average out to close to the best choice for the current time. And now with cell phones and computers it could be done.

So sure, people mess up, cut down all their trees for their gods, and die. Or create atomic bombs and use them. It's all part of the chaos that changes our order and evolves us. Ego is part of that chaos as we all have one but they are all different, like the different environments of trees. We are all individuals with unique genetic predispositions and different experiences, cultures, etc creating our unique likes and dislikes and will. It is all part of the process that together through our chaotic/diverse wills/egos push us toward finding better solutions as time goes by. As long as we don't destroy ourselves, or get destroyed by an asteroid or something we should be here for a long time..And I think there's hope, considering how this works. We've been through some very evil ages, but come out the better for them. That's the ultimate pattern of existence so far.

We always do what we want, right? What is best for us, as far as we know. We do everything with an intent/goal in mind. No such thing as a selfless act. All acts of intent are of and for self, even if it is an act of charity or an altruistic act.. You wanted to do it for a reason, whatever it might be.

But through experience/learning you can change your mind about things. Again, we change by learning/experiencing interaction and conflict, and thereby finding new solutions. The thing most people don't understand, is that giving others more rights and freedoms gives them more rights and freedoms, even if they don't want to use them. Anti discrimination laws also forbid discrimination toward everyone including you and me.

While these rules seem to take away some traditional rights, they protect your rights in a future where the majority may change. For example: religious rights. In a multicultural society separating church and state protects everyone's right to believe and practice what they like. As long as that practice is legal, as in doesn't do harm to others. But it means giving up the right to try to force your religious beliefs on everyone else.

So does this mean we need conflict? No. The idea is to get rid of it. But it is the mother of invention. Inventions created to get rid of it. No, we don't need evil to know good. But we have it, and that creates the need to get rid of it. And only learning and understanding will get us there. But in the mean time we follow the same pattern under constantly changing conditions.

Now, it's obvious the universe is in turmoil looking for perfection by interaction and the resulting conflict and conflict resolution; not in a conscious way as far as I know, but out of its nature and resulting needs. It's what we all do all day in almost everything we do. Why? In an effort to have a better life and meet/resolve our needs. Our other prime directive is gathering, processing and passing on information for the same reason. Thus others build on those who came before and evolve their ideas. That's what existence is all about: Interaction, conflict, and resolution, And to do that we gather, process and pass on information.

Will perfection ever be reached? Certainly not in my lifetime, and probably never in a human context. But who knows? We've come a long way, and it's in our nature to keep trying to make it better for us and those after us: our children, and our children's ,children's children. And while we do no selfless acts, we have empathy. We love, and love to be loved. We all have the same needs. There is no us and them.

To make a better life for us, we need to make life better for everyone and everything. Trees/plants give oxygen. Everything has its place. If we mess up nature, we're messing up ourselves. It's all intimately inter-related, and so are we.

If you wanted to you could make a religion out of it. The universe is in turmoil. It created us in the process of trying to create perfection for itself. What more noble cause could we wish to serve then helping to create the metaphorical god state/perfection for ourselves and thereby for everything else? What more noble purpose could there be, if you need one?

And to that end, let's make this our golden rule: Do no intentional harm. You can't guarantee you'll never do harm by accident/unintentionally, but you can guarantee you'll never do harm intentionally. The better we get at it, the better for all of us, and the closer we get to perfection.

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Comments

Ron Hooft (author) from Ottawa on April 10, 2021:

@ Mr Happy. Thanks to your comments I added to the text.

Ron Hooft (author) from Ottawa on March 27, 2021:

Always glad to see you.

"but the part where the human Ego is "looking for perfection" is not that clear. When Great Britain cut-out all its forests to build ships and castles, that does not show "looking for perfection".

Right, but it is looking for what you think is perfect for you. We do everything with an intent/goal in mind. No such thing as a selfless act. All acts of intent are of and for self, even if it is charity or altruistic. You wanted to do it for a reason.

Tribes were usually related. Genes want to be passed on and protected. You protect your kids/wife/friends etc. But others were a problem; not to be trusted. The basis of racism: us against them. We fought, killed each other, sometimes ate each other and raped each other's women.

But that can't continue forever. People get sick of fighting and being afraid. So some tribes merged, some made peace etc. They also started trading. But there always them vs us. That same pattern continued and led to villages, towns, cities, city states, and eventually countries/nations. Now you treat your country like a relative. Patriotism. Nationality is the us. Culture/tradition/religion etc.

Again we see the same pattern over and over evolving us from simple tribes to multicultural societies. It's a chaotic system; as in chaos theory.

Have you heard of spin glass? You create glass by mixing molecules that are spinning in different ways/directions. You start with chaos. But opposites cancel out/trap each other, and when it stabilizes you have the hardest, some say highest quality glass we can make.

You know why a car has a muffler. It's loud and annoying. But if you create an equal and opposite noise, you're left with utter silence. Order from chaos.

Then there's the jelly bean game. Fill a container with jelly beans and ask people to guess how many there are in the jar. The one guesses right gets a prize. Turns out most people don't come close guessing way too high or way too low. A few get close but getting it exactly right is rare. However, farther investigation discovered that if average all the guesses you often get the exact number or within one or two. Amazing. And this pattern is everywhere. Order from chaos.

So sure, people mess up, cut down all their trees for their gods, and die. Or create atomic bombs and use them. It's all part of the chaos that changes our order and evolves us. Ego is part of that chaos as we all have one but they are all different. As well as being the process that together through our chaotic/diverse wills push us toward finding better solutions as time goes by. As long as we don't destroy ourselves, or get destroyed by an asteroid or something. But I think there's hope, considering how this works. We've been through some evil ages, but come out the better for them. That's the ultimate pattern so far.

"All is One".

Couldn't say it better

Da-na'-ho-we-yo.

"May Wakan Tanka always walk with You."

And with you. ;)

Thanks again for insightful comments.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on March 27, 2021:

"So it's obvious the universe is in turmoil looking for perfection" - This part is obvious but the part where the human Ego is "looking for perfection" is not that clear. When Great Britain cut-out all its forests to build ships and castles, that does not show "looking for perfection". When the Rain-forest in Brazil is still being cut right now, when it is clear our well-being is at risk due to climate change, that does not show to me "looking for perfection". These examples show at best a misguidance, or at worse a clear example of where greed and/or lack of perspective can lead our Ego.

"not in a conscious way as far as know" - And so, You are right again here: the Universe has its own Intent, as the body (our body, any body) has its own Intent. I mean, all bodies have a will to live. One cannot suffocate themselves - the body will not allow it. It will not kill itself. That's why people use tools to kill themselves. The Ego can destroy anything. It has no inherent will to live, or to look for perfection. So, it's "tricksy" (to quote Gollum, from the Lord of the Rings).

"That's what existence is all about: Interaction, conflict, and resolution" - Due to the Ego factor, "resolution" is not always a given. What happened to the Humans on Easter Island? They all died, arguably because they dug their own grave. We can do the same if we indulge in our Ego.

"If we mess up nature, we're messing up ourselves. It's all intimately inter-related." Indeed! Well said.

"All is One".

Da-na'-ho-we-yo.

May Wakan Tanka always walk with You.

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