posted on Jul, 19 2012 @ 09:07 PM
I would like to do a little write up on one aspect of what I believe the ancients were referring to when they spoke of 'light' and 'darkness' in
the ancient religious teachings. I would like to update these terms, utilizing modern scientific understanding. I am not here claiming this to be the
ENTIRETY of the meaning of these terms, but at least one significant aspect of its meaning.
The laws of thermodynamics speak of entropy. Entropy basically means the tendency of systems to increase in disorder and meaninglessness over time.
This is the conclusion of the naturalistic and material approach modern science takes. This is why when you look at the predictions science makes
about the future, it is very gloomy. Basically, the sun and other stars will die out, and all life will die due to a lack of heat. Life here is a
momentary accident, taking up a small bit of time in the overall direction of the universe, which is disintegration. This concept of entropy, I
propose, is one aspect of the meaning of 'darkness,' as spoken of in the religions.
Now if you look at the history of life on Earth, you find quite the opposite to be true. The entire history of the evolution of life on Earth has been
defined by increasing order and complexity. This has been referred to as negentropy, or negative entropy. Life, then, as well as consciousness, is
sort of in direct opposition to the basic worldview of modern western science. This is why science tends to present life as inconsequential, a
meaningless blip in the timeline of the universe.
I propose that these two principles, that of the natural world and that of life, entropy and negentropy, are actually two parts of a cosmic equation
of balance. The purpose of life is to balance this cosmic equation, to offset this principle of entropy. This principle, the principle that defines
life, is what has been referred to as 'the light.' The non-living world shuffles the cards into meaninglessness. Life is designed to stack the deck,
to increase in both order and complexity, to create conditions that are more and more preferable, so that the universe can experience them.