I have been thinking about fences. Largely because I'm getting a puppy but also because of interconnectivity. I have touched on this in the past but it is an idea that seems to shed it's leaves on my brain every so often.
What if dividers are also connectors? What if walls hold two things together like a zipper instead of keeping them apart? Our own bodies have different layers. These layers divide the parts of us but are based on our perception. Skin for example is you but also is not since you can lose some of your skin and stay you. Not all your skin of course. This is where your nervous system stops, and from your perspective your nervous system is you. This is also relative; if you were to lose a limb and no longer be able to feel you would still be you. I'm skipping around a bit but the point is that the lines we perceive to make us us and others others are less specific than we would think. We see this with people who have mastered an instrument or a weapon. The thing becomes an extension of them.
I think of the levels of the body. You, your organs, your cells, your mitochondria (intercellular electromagnetic engines), right down do the process of electron chain transfer. This is where charge (electromagnetic frequency) converts from energy in the purest sense (light) and arranges itself to create the physical material self that is reading this blog.
The paradox is that clearly all those different levels are both different and the same. They convert from one thing to another at some undeterminable point. In the same way we see waves in the ocean raise and lower hitting some critical point where up changes to down but we have no way of calculating that exact point. I call this a critical mass point; the point where one thing shifts to another. Where the rise of the wave changes to the fall. The smaller the microscope we use to try to find this critical mass point, the the more lost we get. At some point (an undeterminable critical mass point) we switch from a 3D calculation to a strange subatomic look at the inner fabric of water itself. Not to mention the the fact that the waves are always moving so it is very difficult to measure them.
Everything is expanding and contracting like waves in the ocean and because everything is in motion, it is very difficult for us to the draw any firm lines at all.
Lines then become ideas; ideas that are functional constructs and are also not true. This is real interconnectivity. We are one (new age people get real excited about this) and also we are none. The paradox of interconnectivity is that because everything is touching something else the lines of division are weak but because everything is interconnected you don't exist. You as a separate identity. This paradox is something your brain gets away with by perceiving you as an individual with some place in a larger thing. In this way isolation can make us feel more connected to our environment, especially in nature because there are less individuals reminding us of the separate part. None of this is good or bad but helps me to understand how I came into the physical world. If I can learn the path that "I" came into, this physical world may be the path out is the same and as my life rises and falls like a wave with a critical mass point (that we arbitrarily look at as 40, which I'm close to; over the hill aka shifting from the rise to the fall). In this way, maybe I can visualize myself functionally knowing when to emphasize my interconnectivity and when to remind myself that I am an individual. I am both typical and at the same time totally unique as there has only been one construction of ideas that are me.
As I look out my window I see the trees. Each one a strong individual that is typical and connected to the others. All separateness is perceived. Enjoy it. If you are focused on us all being one then think of your enemy and realize that is also you (I imagine a hippy saying we are all one and me telling them that they are Trump), and if you are feeling depressed and isolated like we are all none shift the fences from dividers to zippers that hold everything together.
What is the point of this? If you do this right you as an individual can experience true interconnectivity. It is a strange sense that the brain won't let you look at directly but much like a single idea, like a dream you wake from in an instant, you get to see that everything is magic. You exist, how wonderful and strange.
Right now as you read this you are touching something that is touching something that is........we are interconnected. The trick is our thoughts are also waves that go out and impact other thoughts. In a strange way everything you do is both meaningless int the grand scheme and at the same nothing could be the same without you.
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