Sometimes I wonder to myself whether there is a fundamental parallelism regulating macrocosmic and micrcosmic processes which share fundamental
characteristics. For example, inner peace is essential for outer peace. People cannot be at peace with one another unless they first are at peace
within themselves. More specifically, people need to be "mindful' of their experience, to study it, understand it, and see how their understanding
applies in the minds of other selves they interacts with. This basic fact of how self knowledge is acquired enunciates how inextricably bound it is
with other minds.
The world we experience - the social world - is incredibly complex, because it involves two different spheres of activity. There is the activity of
what happens within - subjectively - and the experience of what is communicated without - intersubjective communication. Everyday, in every way, we
humans - complex systems - influence each other in ways that set off myriad effects which in turn educe other effects. This is how intermeshed human
selves are with one another. The culture we end up forming - we often take for granted - is a product that exists only because the minds which make it
up sustain it's reality. Since a culture provides the "information" for how the system will work - essentially, social-emotional dynamics - changing
the culture requires an inward switch of awareness. A change of being where the self is seen not merely from within - from the "I", but from without,
as if, from the alien position of outer space.
The process I'm describing here, that is, the relationship between psychological and spiritual health and social and global harmony, I believe is
intimately tied up with terrestrial knowledge and terrestrial science, and space knowledge and space sciences.
I'm not saying we shouldn't be allocating money to space exploration, but I do see space exploration as a "luxury" that we can certainly do without,
when the planets ecosystem, the health of the planets inhabitants, is in such disarray. If the body politic can be looked at as an organism: the brain
i.e the government, should allocate far more money to growth and reparation i.e. health, so that it can "Free up" the energy for more explorative
outward behaviors. I do believe there is a relationship here within our own bodies - and it's 50 trillion cellular inhabitants - and the relationship
between individual human "cells" and there relationship with one another.
Global consciousness represents a fundamental paradigm shift that radically transforms how we understand ourselves, each other, and our place in the
universe. Major advancements in space technology may be dependent on a time period where human beings are more cooperatative; less money is spent on
wasteful practices like defence, jails, and fighting diseases. More equality in wealth will be a consequence of a deeper spiritual connection between
self and other. Energy wasted in celebrity gossip, reality TV, and all those other human vices we like to inculcate will be devoted to projects of
Going to space requires encylopedias of knowledge. How human beings even function - and live - in space can itself be an entire area of study. Since
the body works differently in different atmospheric conditions, we have to master how the body reacts in these environments. This is what the
international space station is for.
Anyways, my view is, our sciences are still so primitive, and our state of awareness is still so primitive, that I believe the latter will not be
fully developed, and human beings will not be fully developed, until our essential "self" - our body, our earth, and our sense of connection, is fully
Travelling in space can be metaphorically likened to exploring the heavens. The self - the I - is a world, just like planet earth. Whereas mindful
awareness, awareness of the flexibility of self, and the control that the self can exert in its own reality, can be compared to humans beings "taking
off in rockets", and travelling the universe towards "other world", i.e., other identities, other states of being.
Perhaps the latter cannot be attained before the former is developed. Maybe the universe makes things difficult enough that only an enlightened and
disciplined mind can escape the bounds of the planet it was born on.
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