How we’re all connected through an essential, irreducible Bond.
Lynne McTaggart | July/August 2011 issue We sense that we have got reached the top of something. Because the millennium, commentators of each variety has been looking to get a handle at the collective significance of the continual crises besetting us nowa days: banking crises, terrorist crises, sovereign debt crises, climate change crises, energy crises, food crises, ecological crises, manmade and otherwise.
But the crises we are facing on many fronts are symptomatic of a deeper problem, with more potential repercussions than those of any single cataclysmic event. They’re simply a measure of the vast disparity between our definition of ourselves and our truest essence. For hundreds of years, we now have acted against nature by ignoring our essential connectedness and defining ourselves as become independent from our world. We’ve reached the purpose that we will not live consistent with this false view of who we actually are. What’s ending is the tale we’ve been told up beforehand about who we’re and the way we’re alleged to live—and on this ending lies the one route to a greater future.
The leitmotif of our present story is the hero up against all of it. We take it as a right that our life’s journey is supposed to be a struggle. We remain vigilant, poised to wrestle with every behemoth—at home, at work, among our acquaintances and friends. Regardless of how pleasant our lives, nearly all of us maintain a stance of operating contra mundi, with every encounter some type of battle to be fought: against the co-workers who seek to usurp our jobs or promotions or the scholars who raise the bell curve against which we’re judged; against the folks who take our subway seats, the department stores that overcharge us, the neighbors who’ve a Mercedes after we drive a Volvo or even the husband or wife who has the temerity to insist on maintaining an opinion different than ours.
This concept that we operate against the sector originates in our understanding that this self of ours, the object we call “I,” is a separate entity, a singular creation of genetic code that lives except for everything else. Essentially the most enduring statement we make in regards to the human condition, the central fact of our existence, is our solitude, our sense of separation from the arena. We regard as self-evident the truth that we exist as self-contained, isolated beings, living out individual dramas, while everything else—other atoms and other cells, other living things, the land masses, the planets, even the air we breathe—exists as distinct and wholly separate.
Although we start life from the uniting of 2 entities, from there on, science tells us, we’re on our own. The arena is the irrefutable other, carrying on impassively without or with us. Our hearts, we believe, beat finally and painfully alone. This paradigm of competitive individualism offers a view of life as a heroic struggle for dominion over hostile elements and a share of limited resources. There’s not enough out there, and others could also be fitter, so we need to pay money for everything first.
The collapse of our global economic model in 2008, the ecological crises, the threatened shortages of water and food and the exhaustion of petroleum sources expose the boundaries of the mindset, which threatens our planet with extinction. On an individual level it has left us feeling hollow, as though something profound—our very humanity—has been trampled in our daily tussle with the world.
We urgently want to discover a new story wherein to live.
Much of scientific theory, and consequently our model of ways things work, goes up in smoke. With every scientific finding, yet one more cherished notion is overturned. A BRAND NEW scientific story is emerging that challenges our assumptions, including our most elementary premise: the sense of items as separate entities in competition for survival.
The latest evidence from quantum physics offers the intense possibility that every one of life exists in a dynamic relationship of cooperation. Quantum physicists now recognize that the universe isn’t a set of separate things jostling around in empty space. All matter exists in an unlimited quantum web of connection, and a living thing at its most elemental is an energy system considering a continuing transfer of knowledge with its environment. Instead of a cluster of individual, self-contained atoms and molecules, objects and living beings at the moment are more properly understood as dynamic and protean processes, during which parts of 1 thing and parts of another continuously trade places.
This revolution isn’t confined to physics. Extraordinary new discoveries in biology and the social sciences have profoundly altered our view of the connection between living things and their environment. Frontier biologists, psy-chologists and sociologists have all found evidence that people ar…