Session 1- Nature's General Law

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There is one general law that exists in all of Nature. We are all included in it, and it operates on all of us and all of life. From the way we advance through life, we come to a realization and understanding that there must be some regulation to things, some natural law to all that occurs. Over time and for many thousands of years, the  still, vegetative, animate, and human levels of life have been created and are continually evolving. This developmental evolution is gradual, and we evolve from generation to generation, from year to year, and even from day to day. To understand the direction of our evolution, we must examine this general law that operates on us and on all of life.


There seems to be a kind of superior mechanism above us—a system which develops the whole of Nature toward becoming more complex, more refined, and more harmoniously balanced and established—surrounding  all of its parts so that they are more integrally connected to each other. Whether we like it or not, we are all subject to this general law that operates on us and that requires us to develop. There is actually only one general law governing all of life, and we can see that all parts of reality, everything that exists on Earth, follows its same direction.

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Topic

There is one general law that exists in all of nature, and it evolves us toward the best stages of development.

Main Points

  • The developmental evolution in nature is gradual.
  • From our natural life development, it is possible to learn that there is a general system, a general law that manages development.
  • The direction of development is always toward a better state, meaning to be more and more connected to each other in all parts of life.
  • We are obligated by and we must be committed to the general law of nature.

References

"The preceding chapter is, indeed, the historical justification of the economic truths established in the first section of this book in the terms of the facts of the present-day world, which show that the predominating factor in survival is shifting from the physical to the intellectual plane. This evolutionary process has nowreached a point in international affairs which involves the complete economic futility of military force. In the last chapter but one i dealt with the psychological consequence of this profound change in the nature of man's normal activities, showing that his nature is coming more and more to adapt itself to what he normally and for the greater part of his life--in most cases all his life--is engaged in, and is losing the impulses concerned with an abnormal and unusual occupation."

Book: The Great Illusion

"There are undiscovered laws of nature which are responsible for "Self- Organization" of organisms and the Biosphere."

Paper - Life on Earth - Flow of Energy and Entropy

"Most organisms are not only embedded in ecosystems but are complex ecosystems themselves, containing a host of smaller organisms that have considerable autonomy and yet integrate themselves harmoniously into the functioning of the whole. The smallest of these living components show an astonishing uniformity, resembling one another quite closely throughout the living world, as vividly described by Lewis Thomas."

Book: The Systems View of Life

"The ecosystems of planet Earth are coupled to human environments."

Article Wikipedia - Human Ecology

Engage Yourself

Question 1:

According to evolutionary biologist Dr. Elizabet Sahtouris, nature is developed in a repetitive process of passing from a state of separation to a state of unification.  Does that sound familiar to you?  That’s good, since it is a sign that you are learning with attentiveness. We presented these thoughts by Dr. Sahtouris in the first learning Unit (found in Question 5 of the first Session called “A New Birth”).
 
Enjoy the following video clip, in which Dr. Sahtouris expands upon the previous explanation, and adds that the repetitiveness of separation and connection is, in fact, the path of development in nature. To where does this repetitive maturation cycle lead nature?  Dr. Sahtouris has the answers and she extends our insight into this important topic.  After viewing the clip, return to us for the continuation of our investigation into the laws in nature. [link to video clip here, if needed]

What is this higher level of unification that we are about to face? Look at the following short clip by Professor Tim Flannery, Australian expert in environmental science, and write your answers to this question below. [link to video clip here, if needed]

In addition, write how the particular level of a cooperative superorganism that Flannery describes, is connected to what we are learning in this course, that integral education is the solution that provides for all the problems that are present before you today.

Question 2: What kind of feeling is aroused in you when you think about connection between people as a law of nature? (Choose the closest among the following possibilities.)

If you selected "Other," please specify:

Question 3: According to the text of this lesson, in what way does nature develop?

Question 4: According to the text of this lesson, nature is developed in the direction of…