We know that one natural law is that of evolution, as every organism develops more intricately over time and evolves itself into an ever-more complicated and efficient or effective organism. What if we were to take this idea and adapt it towards ourselves in a forward-looking way, so that when we undertake a new hobby or start to chip away at a novel project, we inherently understand that we’ll naturally progress as time goes along; that we’ll refine our skills and evolve to master the certain things we want to master. Certainly, it’s a logical proposition to make — but what's the point?
Take another example — that ofexpansion. Like mentioned, everything evolves, though it also seems to have this innate desire to expand outwards of itself. The universe itself is expanding. Every organism seeks to increase its presence, to occupy more time and space, to multiply and accumulate, divide and bifurcate. Some of us want more social media followers, others want more influence in social circles, or more power via wealth, or more family moments to cherish. All organisms are hungry for invariable forms of expansion.
So, what other laws of nature or universal principles can we further personify? Attraction — the tendency of elements and organisms to bond and repel, form symbiotic relationships and/or destroy one another. The laws of origin, primacy, decay. The laws of polarity, duality, and harmony. Of creation and atrophy, replication and unity. All these laws that act as the architectonics of the natural world we see around us (even that which we don’t see) — all of these also dictate the way our minds function and govern how our consciousness shapes our personal journey through life.
Relating back to the earlier examples of evolution and expansion:we can tune our minds towards the same attributes if they’re not already tuned in such a way. We cultivate and amass knowledge, to accumulate resources and grow our bloodlines, our dreams, and our understandings. We can understand that we evolve, whether we like it or not, as brothers or sisters or mothers or fathers, as students or engineers or athletes —we evolve ourselves and expand our presence into our surroundings, and we do this through an innate force and will to do so.
These certain universal principles are evident in all organisms, from stars to insects. We know they’re evident in our own human tendencies as well, though how often do we pause to consider it? How often do we really place a belief in the fact that our individual presence in this world can be one of personal evolution and constant expansion? How often do we consider that we influence others in our social orbit in the same way that the moon influences our tides? That we hold a tendency to attract and repel, that we’re in the primacy of our years or in the twilight of our days, that we’re driven by primal forces of the need to replicate or unify rather than stagnate and deteriorate?
If we did believe in these forces — or, rather, believe that these forces guide our wills and propel us as though they’re some kind of unseen current or energy— we perhaps wouldn’t feel discouraged by a setback knowing there’s a bigger picture at play, and we wouldn’t think twice about our self-worthiness because we’d understand that we’re just as equal as every other organism — that we’re doing what we’re designed to do. We maybe wouldn’t lack conviction and we’d certainly put less emphasis on what society has falsely constructed for us to believe as a normative means of behavior or worth. In other words,we’d obtain the clarity we need to weigh these natural principles over socially-constructed norms and values that have a questionable basis and aren’t as susceptible to the erosion of time.
If we did, as well, subscribe to the idea that we’re part of this natural architecture, it would shed some light on our true capability. We’re dynamic creatures, capable of whatever we want to be capable of. We’re sentient, transcendent, boundless and enigmatically peculiar. We’re driven by a curiosity about the world, looking around, and in, and at things rather than just blindly existing in a state of comfortable and non-progressing existence.
The issue may be reduced down to the fact thatwe get caught up in this web of socially-constructed or artificially-derived lawsthat can, unintentionally or not, break us down. We let our employment for faceless and heartless corporations dictate our sense of value; we let social-media influence our self-worth; we spend time getting lost in a haze of distracting, addicting and useless activities and expense our energy on things that may not matter at the end of the day.
For instance, we can spend hours every day directing our wills at things that don’t necessarily provide us with anything more than entertainment, whereas we have the option to diffuse our effort naturally into and towards our surroundings. To put down the phone and pick up a hammer; to turn off the camera and open the mind; to spend less time worrying about a profile picture and more time cultivating the real skill.
Our evolution shouldn’t be thought of on a macro scale— to graduate, get a job, get married, travel, have kids, retire. It should be thought of on a daily basis —how we can make the most of each day, improve our standing, skills or circumstances each day, and make our own lives that much better at every turn. This isn’t to knock entertainment and media, this is to realize that we can spread our existence amongst numerous planes.
In the current social paradigms that we find ourselves in, there are endless streams of distractions, false mechanisms by which we judge ourselves, and questionable ways by which we prioritize what’s important. Sometimes, it’s worth stepping back to simply re-assess our modes of thinking, to question how we’re distributing our time and effort and to reconsider our states of being, the causes of our actions and reactions, the source of our happiness or discontent.
We’re governed by many things — our own codes of virtue, the perceptions of others, our successful careers, the sizes of our homes, our desire for convenience or gratification. But, ultimately, we’re also governed by our own inherent nature. And as we drift further away from it with each passing age or generation or paradigm shift,we ought to take a moment to remember that we have no choice but to abide by the natural laws of the universeas well, because no organism or entity is capable of escaping such a reality.
Understanding these laws, we should align our own interests with them, so as to better allow us to swim with their momentous current towards our personal ambitions.