Bare Bones Biology 059 – Natural law

Just like your body, the living earth ecosystem contains fail-safe mechanisms that retain the basic essential activities of all life. These mechanisms are the flow of energy through the system, the recycling of the materials of which they are composed, and their ability to respond to change inside or outside of themselves.

Your body or the living earth ecosystem or an individual cell or any organism – any living thing – we all require balance among these essential life processes, and the myriad of sub-processes that function to keep us alive. All these processes are built around the unchanging laws that make the universe what it is. These include: the basic law of energy (energy is the ability to make things happen – energy only flows naturally from higher to lower levels – high-energy to low-energy); the basic laws of time and cause and effect (actions have consequences and you can’t go back and undo either the action or the consequences); the law of gravity (what goes up must come down); that sort of thing.

To assume that humans can change these basic natural laws is – there are no words for this level of hubris. We are not God and we cannot change the basic laws of the universe as they have functioned from the beginning of the creation. Even God couldn’t change these natural laws without destroying life, because life is built around the natural laws.

For example, your body and the living earth ecosystem do not tolerate Ponzi schemes. It is the basic law of the universe that energy flows only from high to low. Ponzi schemes grow from lower to higher to higher to higher until finally they topple over to a lower level of energy than where they started, because energy, or goods, or money, do not naturally flow from lower to higher levels. Ponzi schemes never work because they are contrary to nature.

The law of gravity does not care if George fell off the empire state building or was thrown off or tripped by accident. The result will be the same. Energy flowing to a lower level. Splat on the road below

The law of cause and effect does not care if your motivation is compassion or hatred, if there is not enough food energy to keep all the people alive, then someone dies. Ask the Donner party. Ask the people who have been stranded on lifeboats in mid-ocean.

The basic laws that permit life on earth to exist do not care about human emotions. They don’t even care who wins. They only are. They are functioning to maintain the balance of all the processes that interact to permit life to exist on earth.

People do care about these things. Because people do care, and because people have no power to control God or the ecosystem, therefore it is up to the people to adjust to the reality of the higher power. We can not have whatever we want or whatever we can imagine. We only can have what is possible without destroying other living things. Because our lives depend upon their lives.

We people are now in the middle of making that kind of decision for the future of all human kind. We know the system is not working. We are trying to change the system. We are trying to change it by win/lose confrontations. The system IS win/lose confrontations. We can’t change win/lose confrontations by using win/lose confrontations. If we want change, we will have to decide to change.

We have the knowledge, the expertise, the brain power, the technologies and several wisdom traditions to guide us, and the interesting thing is we are nevertheless choosing to scrape off the mountaintops for our own use without regard to the needs of any other living thing including our grandchildren and the whole living ecosystem.

Bare Bones Biology 059 – Natural Law
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