“THE GREATEST OF ALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 20TH-CENTURY SCIENCE has been the discovery of human ignorance.” Lewis Thomas, Lives of a Cell. “OUR IGNORANCE, OF COURSE, HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH US, AND ALWAYS WILL BE. What is new is our awareness of it, our awakening to its fathomless dimensions, and it is this, more than anything else, that marks the coming of age of our species.” Timothy Ferris, Coming of Age in the Milky Way.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"Everything is Everything."

I have borrowed a term from physics, “continuum,” to stand as a technical term for manifest reality—the totality of patterns within ever-greater patterns in an ascending/descending holarchy, in which space-time-matter-energy are indivisible, and all that appears is mutually dependent on everything else.

This condition is expressed in street slang as “Everything is everything.”

In Buddhism, it is called “mutually dependent arising.”

William Carlos Williams wrote a great little poem that reveals the kernel:


So much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.




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