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  • Writer's pictureJeffrey Starbuck


The Universe is self-organizing. It is also self-correcting.

There is nothing outside the Universe.

What does that mean? How can there be no outside to something?

What is that which has no outside?

We cannot logically grasp what this is even referring to. There is a way, however, that we are living it every day.

The Universe is both self-organizing and self-correcting.

Sometimes we might say that we are living "in" the Universe, as if the Universe is somehow some sort of box inside of which we are living.

It is as accurate to say that we are the Universe as anything else. We are the Universe in the sense that we are inseparable from it. Any dividing line or distinction is only relatively true, only provisionally so.

Everything in the Universe is moving, is in motion.

The Universe is motion, is in motion.

The Universe is actually both movement and stillness, stillness and movement.

Exactly and precisely simultaneously, but we'll have to go further into that another time.

I promise.

Everything is continually changing and transforming, albeit at widely varying rates of speed and size.

Things are always busy becoming something else.

The Universe is self-organizing and self-correcting Intelligence.

The Universe is not only intelligent; It is Intelligence.

The Universe, in one sense, is more like a verb than a noun. In fact, there really aren't such things as "things". There aren't nouns, in the way we tend to think of what a noun is.

Our problem, one of them (we have many, many good qualities by the way), is that we think there are nouns. We think there are separate things.

And here's the kicker: We're under the impression that we are one, that we are a noun!

We have many, many good qualities by the way. We are the ones who created the internet and the computer on which I type. William Shakespeare, Carl Jung, Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller and hundreds of thousands of others have emerged from our ranks. We write poetry, create music and musical instruments and figure out ways to remain happily alive for longer periods.

Universe is not only self-correcting but also self-organizing. The "the" in the preceding sentence has been intentionally omitted.

In a universe which has no outside, there is no beginning and no ending.

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed.

Matter can neither be created nor destroyed.

Energy is matter and matter is energy.

By taking any one of the many statements in this missive, this poem, one can arrive at any one of the other truths that are being presented.

The Universe is self-organizing and self-correcting. It really truly is!

John Muir, the naturalist philosopher and adventurer, wrote the following, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it is hitched to everything else in the Universe."

We're expressing the same notion here.

Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, is also making this point, essentially, as part of his program for ending one's suffering.

Due to lack of right understanding, of right perception, we end up suffering. We don't mean to. We do so not intentionally. But, due to "ignorance" we suffer. It's a bit more complex than that, but that's where things will be left today.

It may not seem fair to leave off like this,his missive is just about to end, even though, elsewhere, J.R.R. Tolkien has stated that roads go ever, ever on..........

I'll see you around the next bend..........

(to be continued)

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