On Nature and Harmony

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What is common in nature is good, just and true.  Choice: to follow what is common in nature, be happy; follow hubris, suffer.

There is a music video on YouTube of a little kid who is connected and in harmony with himself and nature. He (the kid) reminds me of me, my ideal of being in harmony with self and nature. One of the reasons I identify with the Epicurean outlook is the concept of ataraxia, a contentment of mind that comes from being in harmony with self and environment. What follows is my philosophy on nature and harmony.

What is Nature?
Nature is another name for cosmos and universe. When I say nature, I mean everything there is: hidden and observed; material and spiritual; kinetic and potential. Nature is the sum of everything, the ultimate authority. Nothing is beyond, outside or above nature in past, present and future.

Self and Nature is a Holon
I am of nature and nature is me. Just as my hand and my whole body is one and the same thing, so nature and me is one and the same thing. Just as something can be a whole and a part of a whole, there is a paradox of one and the many being the same thing. I describe thus, I and nature is a holon, the part and the whole is the same thing. Whatever is the common pattern of nature, also is the pattern my body and self must follow. Nobody can step outside of nature, because they are nature.

On the Common and Hubris

As I am of nature, then the common patterns of nature apply to me. I am of nature, nature is everything, I cannot step outside of nature, for there is nothing beyond nature. If I attempt to follow an opinion that is contrary to the common patterns of nature, I have hubris. If I have hubris, I separate self from nature, and since there is nothing beyond nature, I suffer, I vanish and I die. The common patterns of nature is Common, what is Common is all there is, to do anything but what is Common is hubris, and hubris leads to suffering and death.

I follow the authority of Nature
Nature is the ultimate authority, what is Common to nature, is the only common pattern worth following. I need no god or bible, nature is my authority, I follow the Common. Nature is indifferent and blind: either the self is in harmony with the Common, or self is suffering in hubris. To need something, is to need what is essential to existence, to be in hubris is to hunger for reconnection with nature. The wise study what is Common, the wise follow the Common.

Truth, Justice and Good
What is common and of nature is truth, all else is hubris. What is common and of nature is good, all else is hubris. What is common and of nature is just, all else is hubris.

On Hubris and Harmony
The choice, hubris or harmony? Follow the Common, enjoy harmony and connection, ataraxia; follow Hubris, be hungry and disconnected, suffer.

My primary principle, my arche
What is my cause of my existence? Nature. What shapes and instructs my choice and deeds in life? Nature. The cause, and what instructs and teaches, becomes the arche of a thing. I follow the Common of nature, this is my arche, my cause, my strength.

Nature, my teacher
Nature instructs and teaches. The Common is the voice of nature. All things in nature hear, understand and proceed according to what is Common. What nature teaches and instructs, is truth, just and good. The wise listen to the voice, the Common, they understand and proceed accordingly.

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On Power and Nature

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The self is rooted in its own pre-defined potential nature, the more it is embraced, the stronger the self becomes.

When an individual has a sense of power, what does this mean?  Here follows my own philosophical answer.

On Nature

Nature is an information system, it is better to describe things in Nature as information rather than energy, even though these two things are both different and the same.  Information in Nature can be potential, in that it is in a separate dimension, subsists and is eternal; some call this the spiritual aspect of things.  Information is also kinetic, in that some image of the spiritual state of a thing is liberated, becoming energised, material and visible; we call this our material world, or our body.

On Cause and Strength

The Derveni Papyrus describes all things as having both strength and a cause (its daemon.)  The cause is that process that goes on until death where an image, an aspect of something that subsists in the potential state, is liberated through a collision of opposites, giving all things in the material world their nature, an oak tree its oakness, the sun its star-like nature.  This cause becomes the spirit, nature or soul of a thing until death.  All things are bound by their cause, to step outside of their boundary leads to their suffering and destruction.  As both Heraclitus and the Derveni Papyrus says:

“The sun … according to nature is a human foot in width, not transgressing its boundaries. If … oversteps, the Erinyes, the guardians of Justice, will find it out.”

The strength of all things comes about from following their nature.  An oak tree follows its nature and the greater common patterns of nature, it becomes strong.  Humanity has freewill in that they become aware of themselves and nature, and so have a greater liberty of choice to navigate the common patterns, become stronger.

The Derveni Papyrus describes the common patterns of nature as being made known as if something sings and utters them, and those that become aware, understand and follow these utterings, they follow naturally what is good and true, both in themselves and in nature, thus they find their strength, becoming strong.

On Hubris

Hubris describes those who become ignorant of their own nature, and that of the greater common patterns of nature.  These hubristic people hold opinions that are false and contrary to nature.  Since all things in the material world arise out of what is potential, what is already set and defined, then what is not potential, is both false and empty.  An oak tree cannot be a yew tree for it has no potential for being a yew tree, to attempt to do so, it would die, become non-existent in the material world, for all that is kinetic feeds off its potential source, and starved of its potential fire, vanishes.  History is witness of hubristic individuals and empires who destroy themselves, those such as Napoleon Bonaparte or the Nazi German Empire of Hitler.

Nature in blessing humanity freewill gave humanity the ability to evolve more in its own potential through understanding its own nature and the common patterns of nature, rather than attempt to become something contrary to human potential nature.  If hubristic humanity chooses to kill the bees, poison the air, land and water, then it is justice that in following choices contrary to nature, humanity must suffer and die.

Since self is of Nature, its own internal potentiality, its nature, is a reflection of Nature, both are the same, try to follow one but not the other, the self will follow neither, and become destroyed. Nature is merciless to what is contrary to it.  Nature is everything, the sum of all things, and the ultimate authority.  Nothing is beyond, outside of, or above Nature.  What seeks to separate from Nature, separates from potential, then decays, vanishes starved of its own internal fire.

On Children

Children are like growing acorns, they become aware of their own self, their world and the relationship of their self with the world.  Since these questions are grounded in their own pre-determined potentiality and the common patterns of nature, they become strong, growing into mighty oak trees.  However, hubristic people, who follow opinions and choices contrary to their own nature, and thus have lost their own strength, feed upon the child, vampires on the strength of others, and then the child loses their awareness, cut from their own potential and the greater common patterns of nature, they lose their own strength, the human species become less.

On Power

In conclusion, the power of self is a manifestation of the cause (potential of a human being) and the strength (the awareness, understanding and following of the potential of the human individual and the common patterns of Nature.) Most of nature follows their own natures because they have limited agency over themselves and their environment, they follow what is instinctive to them.  Humanity is gifted freewill, choice to determine the best path to manifesting their internal potential nature, self-power rises and falls determined by these choices.

The global terminal cancer of hubris

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Hubris is the slayer of king and empire.

The rapid spread of hubristic stupidity like a horrible cancer across all levels of this globe fills me with dread for what the future will hold. Examples…

Catalan referendum

Regardless of the for or against arguments for separation from a nation state, a people in a democracy have a right to debate and vote upon their aspirations, but the government of Spain denies those people the right of referendum on Catalonia. Spain prefers to send in the police to crush the vote, turning off the internet, confiscating ballot boxes, firing rubber bullets at the voters leaving hundreds injured. Perhaps the Spanish government will stop this referendum, but their hubristic action as history shows will now strengthen the desire of a region to have their voice and leave Spain.

Trees in Sheffield

The Sheffield City Council outsourced maintenance of the city trees to international corporation Amey. With profit in mind the council and Amey have cut down thousands of healthy trees, using police, the courts and security guards to crush any local opposition. In a time when climate change is evidently a cause of serious concern, the cutting down trees and denying local people any say in their own community desire to keep those trees, goes against reason. Trees are a primary tool to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, and they take over a hundred years to grow. On all levels trees offer benefits to a healthy community, be it against flooding, offering quality oxygen, to giving shelter from rain and sun.

Trump and Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a territory of the USA, a large part of the population are homeless, without electricity or clean water, taking many months to restore. The population and their leaders quite rightly complain that Trump has failed to address their need in an effective manner, and the Trump response is to attack them rather than listen to their needs.

Google censorship

Whilst I recognise Google is a business and has a priority to address advertiser needs, the level of their censorship is apparently extreme. Google has gone so far as removed content they deem no longer advertiser friendly from their search engine listings, which now includes non-offensive videos from my friend Jeremy Crow on LHP philosophy. Google faces the possibility that if it cuts too much away from the bone, it will have nothing left worth linking advertising to, including driving away the potential users who would read that advertising.

Prime minister May and young people

The UK Prime minister May seeks to bribe young people into supporting her by restoring grants, eliminating or reducing tuition fees, and dealing with existing student debt. However, firstly young people are not so gullible, nor does a bland robot like May have much pulling power over Corbyn when it comes to youthful loyalties. Nor does it make economic sense to undo the present tuition fee position, since there is no money to pay for all this.

Conclusion

Hubristic stupidity has always existed, but at this moment, it has become too common and too widespread. With hubris comes disaster, and globally the situation looks dire.