Looking backwards, for control

Just ran across a wonderful quote by Harriet Rubin, which I expect will be lost on many:

"Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash."

I found that quote while researching one by Einstein that I consider an important one, as did Einstein himself:

The most important question a person can ask is, 'Is the Universe a friendly place?"

We basically have two resources available to us that, depending on how we use them, greatly shapes our behaviour, expectations and 'world-views' and whether or not we focus on control or freedom (creativity).

I'm referring of course to the resources of both the past and the future.

Here's the thing: because of the enormous success of science and modern medicine, we've become 'biased' towards the past, and as a result biased towards competition and control of others, and of the environment.

Science is all based on, and must remain based on, what has already passed by us in the present. That's a simple fact that can't be denied, due to the inherent limitations of the speed of light. Everything we see, test, measure, hear or experiment with is in the past. No exceptions.

Since what we're normally working with is already done and past, we're left with the necessity of rearranging and manipulating the jigsaw pieces that already exist, as a means to build structure, order and thus hierarchical systems based on command and control. We can't control the future -- it's like herding cats, as the saying goes.

Which by the way explains women's tendency towards cats, and men's towards dogs. Dogs are pack animals that seek leaders who take 'control'. Cats seek independence (freedom), while being nurtured (fed). Noticing what pets people prefer says much about their owner's preference for control or 'freedom' (creativity).

The idea that we have to control nature comes as a result of looking backwards into the past (via science).

The idea that we can turn ourselves around and look forward, into the future, with ''precognition" and "intuition" is so foreign to many scientists and business people as to be dismissed as "new-age nonsense".

Well, except for those artists, intuitives, creatives and entrepreneurs who 'feel' the deeper rhythms and cycles of life, and who aren't nearly so blinded by science.

If you ask a 'past-focused' person (e. g. a scientist, or fundamentalist religious person) they'll reference various facts as their basis for dealing with reality -- and as a general rule one can easily notice they're very much about control (e. g. genetic food modifications, controlling the environment, the congregation etc.) As explained elsewhere, science and religion are very similar - they're "sister belief-systems".

In the Theory of One and All (see below), the right-wing is all about the past, order, systems and structure -- the physical "particle-thing" stuff of life that needs to be controlled, built, managed and, for people, commanded.

The left-wing is the social, collaborative, fluid pre-physical possibility of life that defies easy control.  Instead we have to work with feelings (of intuition, precognition), and communing and communicating with that which we seek to influence.

"Everything that has already happened is particles, everything in the future is waves." [Sir Lawrence Bragg]

And since, according to physicist Freeman Dyson "Every particle in the universe is an active agent making choices between random processes"1 it necessarily follows that everything has to be able to 'precognate' or choose which future to engage for meaningful functioning. To understand why this is necessary, one need only consider some thought experiments (in conjunction with the above quotes by physicists, Sir Lawrence Bragg and Freeman Dyson, resp. ) to understand how our past-based sciences only present a limiting right-winged side to life.


  • 1. See the "Timeless Knowledge" post

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