on the universe
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Please note that the text below was written by the feeling-being ‘Peter’ while ‘he’ lived in a pragmatic
(methodological), still-in-control/same-way-of-being Virtual Freedom before becoming actually free.
Universe: 1 the universe, all existing
matter, space, and other phenomena regarded collectively and esp. as constituting a systematic or ordered whole; this regarded as created by a
divine agency; the creation; the cosmos b fig. A domain or sphere characterized by a particular (specified) quality or activity; a
sphere of activity, existence, interest, etc. c Physics. Any of a class of entities of which the known universe is considered to be a
member. Formerly also (in full island universe), a distinct stellar system, a galaxy 2 The world, esp. as the scene of human
existence or activity; transf. humankind in general Oxford Dictionary
Peter: The current NDA fashion is to regard the physical universe itself as
God, as though this somehow satisfies those people who find the fairy stories of the formal religions a bit too much to stomach. So now we have
a universe that is both physical and metaphysical and apparently bleeds and suffers at mankind’s hunting animals, digging holes, felling
trees, clearing land, building dams, etc.
We are to feel guilty (yet again) for our sins and atone by respecting and
worshipping Mother Nature and the associated spirits of the land. In primitive tribes, the earthly and heavenly spirits were appeased by
sacrifice and ritual. Nowadays the modern, usually affluent, environmentalists preach a return to primitive times and animal / land spirit
worship, even to the point of actively campaigning against industrial and agricultural development in poorer countries, thereby denying those
people a chance to develop out of their subsistent primitive lifestyle.
This physical universe is so perfect, so vast, so complex, so varied that to see
and understand all of its facets is beyond the capacity of any human brain. Most people, when faced with trying to cognitively understand this
boundless universe, end up with awe, beauty, terror, dread or whatever other feeling is evoked.
This is due to the fact that we perceive the universe, the air we breathe, the food
we eat, the land we walk upon, the sky we see, as alien and separate. We are made of the same stuff as the universe, we are not, in fact, more
alien than the soil is, a tree is, or any other animal. But given the infliction of thinking and feeling ourselves to be an alien entity
trapped inside the physical body, we think and feel ourselves to be separate.
Therein lies the problem. It is ‘who’ we think and feel ourselves to be that is alien, not the
physical universe, and it is no wonder that our only way of feeling ‘connected’ is to regard the actual, physical, infinite and eternal
universe as a metaphysical entity. ‘What’ one is, as a flesh and blood corporeal body free of this alien entity, is the physical universe
experiencing itself as a human being. What else could one then be?