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4 Day 5

 

From the analogy of apple (4.4) what changes it undergoes owe to the second law of Thermodynamics and it marks passage of time.

Time has no effect on a single atom. If an atom is smashed all you get is something else and by repeating it does not change. Atom is timeless in a manner of speaking. There is something complex about time, which is merely the means to separate an event from another. It is as mysterious as the first law: energy is indestructible.

 

4 Day 6

 

The second law can be expressed in several ways, the simplest being that heat will naturally flow from a hotter to a colder body. It is as simple as prayer of a believer goes up while blessings of the greater go toward the lesser.

 

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4.3

In terms of ideas man cannot be further divided as one might do with compounds of molecules. He holds a core idea, his consciousness the centre about which he conducts his life. His partiality as well as his antipathy is about soul, the centre where material and abstract ideas he may espouse or change shall fit him as snugly as my nose on my face.

Considering he has his consciousness directing his wakeful state as well as his sleep Truth must stand independent of these two phases.

 

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One microgram of table salt is not as simple as it appears. It holds such complexity that reveals the profundity of Truth in terms of material make up of our cosmos. Truth as Absolute must be constant given the circumstances are similar.

How sodium and chlorine atoms are held together determine the distinct flavor of salt. Chlorine is a deadly poison gas whereas sodium is a corrosive metal that burns upon contact with water. Truth of nature of sodium itself does not decide the taste of salt but the arrangement where each atom of sodium is held in place by chlorine and it is predetermined. It is not merely truth of material atom that negotiates with the nature of forces that come in play but Truth which governs the integrity of table salt.

Truth of nature is essence of the material form, crystal. Truth of experience is that distinct taste which one may get when used in dishes or in any other.

Truth of nature underlies forces (that hold its distinct flavor) together with truth of experience define Truth as though being evident.

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Truth as an Absolute is a context where man and nature hold a relationship. Truth of either party in their interactions is in direct context to it. Man as rational thinker can connect while nature, actions and experience of all life forms give him a reading. It would not make sense without his taking it direct from Truth, which is the keystone of his moral structure.

In an ecosystem one finds a species around which life forms manage the web of life. Off the coast of South California sea otters are ‘keystone’ animals. By knocking out the keystone what delicate balance is achieved will be disrupted. Sea otters were extensively hunted down in 18th and 19th centuries for their fur. In its near extinction sea urchins multiplied beyond limit. They in turn caused havoc by eating the giant kelps that served as a shelter for seals.

Truth as the keystone on which nations hold their position and knock it out and you see its effect from the worst excesses of man arising of man’s moral confusion jockeying for prominence. Social platforms spew them forth and does it help any one? Nor has it spared nature from degradation?

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Soundings: 3.6

3 Day 6

 

Man as a rational animal holds truth of experience adds very little any more than an ideology does. How solemnly we honor the war dead and go to great lengths to commemorate them? Do the pomp and pageantry associated with the dead prevent from nations going to war on the basis of an ideology?

Where Truth is unknown truth of any action that propels man to war must be laid as farther from Truth than consequences of its immorality adding it weight to it.

Ideology is merely a mischief, a play of words to deceive man for the next conflict. If Europe fought for Divine Rights of kings, give another age it shall be fought for the proletariat. In our Age of Internet it is not truth but FOMO that people want.

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3 Day 5

 

Truth is a constant independent of time and space. However truth of experience is limited by specific circumstance. Crusades in the medieval Europe were fought for Jerusalem occupied by Moslems. Wars fought on ideology seem less supported by Truth where context has changed the landscape.

Before the new millennium the Islamic Jihadi elements justified their attack on the west as their answer to the crusades of the medieval period. How valid was it? If Pope Urban II did call today for crusades as he did in 1095, would Europe heed the call? Much water has flowed since and Europe is faced with different priorities and the Church of Rome herself is in no position to muster support from her faithful.

 

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Soundings: 3.4

3 Day 2

 

What the birds or the plants might do in pursuing their own agenda must create its own momentum: Plants rely on hummingbirds which unlike insects are warm blooded and are not put off by cold or torrential rain. The birds with their 1200 heartbeats per minute require energy more often and so quickly too. If plants would design their flowers to suit these pollinators it must be said some thing of the nature of Truth. It sets an order that drives each life form to run on predictable lines.

3 Day 3

Symbiosis refers to an order in terms of utility.

Certain species of root fungus (i.e. mycorrhizae) live among plants. Fungus receives carbohydrates and in turn it enhances nutritive intake of the plant.

3 Day 4

Another aspect of order we see in our Milky Way. A nebulous gaseous cloud tends to form a spiral shape with arms. A double spiral in a DNA defines order: material nature expressed by a form as distinct from another.

When cream is poured into a stirred cup of coffee shows up a striking resemblance to galaxies with outer parts of arms trailing around its centre. Is it merely a coincidence? Or does it speak of an order?

This order is based on form. We all have looked to our parents and the idea of our character being formed by examples of our peers is abstract. We give God a form similarly and consider Him as ‘our Father in heaven.’

Benny

 

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Soundings:3.1

3 Day 1

 

A characteristic of life forms in context of its nature is order. Green algae form the basis of Arctic food chain. The March Sun that filters through the Arctic Sea helps their growth and they form the staple diet for the Arctic carp; ring seals survive the extreme Arctic cold by feeding on these carps. Polar bears survive in turn by preying upon the seals. Basis for any food chain is the ability of life forms to anticipate events. It is not merely from observing but also from experience of the past.

This order is an acknowledgement Truth. Life element is the impetus generated from interaction of life form based on this. It is possible only because every life form acknowledges a trade off by which one gives up certain gains in order for the larger issues. Snowy owls limit their brood in times of scarcity.

Benny

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Truth of nature, truth of action and truth of experience are incomplete by themselves since inherent truth is delineated by forms that are changeable.

Two atoms of oxygen combine to form water and it acquires form of the vessel it carries. Form is not in itself. Water can be liquid, gas or solid. Truth cannot be changeable.

Humans have fought wars for great many reasons but truth of any can only be shown as constant in the effect it has left. Loss or success in war sets the ground for yet another as we see in the WWII. Truth of experience of wars is inadequate; so is truth of action, which for an example caused over many reasons. Germany in waging a war to address dishonor of the loss in the previous war establishes perceived honor, glory and wants are man made and as such do not meet the criteria of Truth.

Benny

 

 

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In a quatrain two ideas are set,- each line having 10 syllables and it follows a rhyme sequence. Poetic conventions are like a bowl into which ideas parallel or antithetical are poured. It has internal truth.
For example here we have a well known quatrain of Omar Khayyam:

One Moment in Annihilation’s Waste,
One moment, of the Well of Life to taste-
The stars are setting and the Caravan
Starts for the Dawn of Nothing-Oh, make haste!

Idea of life a journey setting up camp during the harsh day and the idea of breaking it up when coolness of the evening sets in, are all too familiar for the desert dwellers. These two familiar halves are part of human condition but what they recall to mind is the transience of it.

Two ideas complement one another and lead the reader to understand where their juxtaposition is leading to. The quatrain has internal logic or truth. Their familiar circumstances lead us to truth, meaning that the ideas transcend themselves to accept transience of life as true.

Internal truth speaks only for art and literature of man. Now let us discuss this from another literary genre, the world of fairy tales. Remember the gratuitous line almost without exception tacked at the end of a story, ‘and they lived happily ever after’? The heroine in the Frog Prince by kissing the hapless prince under a curse sets him free and they are married. Happily ever after? In reality the prince after decades of married life could prove to be an oaf but then a fairy tale like The Frog Prince is concerned with internal truth and nothing else. Truth of their marriage had Leo Tolstoy treated would be run on similar lines as Anna Karenina.

(This is a companion piece to God of Small sensations)
Benny

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