Session 16 - The Laws of Nature
When we study human nature, when we research the inanimate, plant, animate nature, and man, who lives within this picture, we find laws. We advance according to these laws and we call these laws Nature. We are part of Nature. We are not outside of it, but are results of Nature's evolution.
Psychology is the science of human behavior. It, too, is part of Nature's laws, a very important part, which has evolved only some 100 years ago because only then did we begin to feel that we can evolve in a special, unique manner-consciously. We began to examine to where we were developing, who we were, how we relate to others, and why.
Until about a century ago, we wrote books that described only how we behaved. But since then, we've begun to research why we behaved as we did. This is the study of the laws that affect humankind. Thus, psychology is a very important field of research because it helps us understand who we are, who others are, and how we can build a happy life in our connections with others.
If we, humanity, are one big family, locked inside a giant chamber called Planet Earth, and we are interdependent, then psychology helps us obtain peace in our home. And as we said, that, too, is called "knowing the laws of Nature."
Indeed, there are laws on the inanimate level-the laws of physics. On the vegetative level we speak of laws in biology and botany, and on the animate level there are laws of zoology. These are laws of Nature that describe how Nature behaves on the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels, how various parts and organisms in Nature behave, and how they relate to one another. In psychology, we learn how humans behave; we study human nature.
If we examine children, we will see how they develop from year to year. It is their nature that develops in them. Each year a child develops in understanding, awareness, behavior, physically, psychologically, and mentally. That development is Nature's law of development.
We determine what a child needs to know at certain ages, and what his or her physical situation should be at each age. We know these things because we already know the law of development. We know the dynamic, the process. This is called "a law," and this is Nature. There is no other way to discover this law; it is hidden in man and is revealed in man.
We are part of Nature. Within us is an "engine" that develops each of us throughout our lives, and all of us together throughout history. When we look in retrospect, we can draw all kinds of conclusions as to why we had evolved a certain way from year to year, from time to time, what motivated us, and what was happening. We can do a whole research on human history, and not just about the historic process, but about why and how things happened as they did. It is as though we are children in whom there are bits of data that constantly develop, or like a cub that we know how it should develop, and if we don't know, we take it to a veterinarian, who does know.
If so, there are laws to the human society. We call those laws "sociology." Everything is laws. We don't really understand them because these are all new sciences, but the more we learn, the more we see that they are laws like any other law.
What is a law? Within the human race are internal development, social development, and we evolve according to the inner data. This is how we build society, how we build ourselves. That law is within us, and as time works on those inner data, it develops us in this way.
Give a child food and take care of him, and you will see how he or she develops from year to year. But it is not the food that develops the child. The food only nourishes the genes so they may develop, and they turn that child into an adult.
When a newborn develops from a single cell into a child, it is not the parents' decision that causes it, nor is it chance. It is known in advance that that cell will become a child, who will become an adult. Everything comes from an information-gene, certain data that is present there and later develops through food from the outside. It all happens by laws, and we can see the same thing happening in the human society.
Through research in sociology and psychology, we can determine that there is an evolutionary process, and we can determine the reasons for it. However, we cannot see much of the future. Instead, we can deduce from the current situation, where the process is leading us. We always learn in relation to the past, we study the future from the past. This is called "following nature."
Nature is something that evolves and leads the inanimate, vegetative, animate, and man in its development. We are all evolving. First, Earth evolved, then plants, then animals, and finally humans. Evolution began with the Big Bang and it is still continuing through a process of joining together. The joining together of parts develops them into more united parts in both quantity and quality.
First, there was the inanimate. Then evolved things that have their own development, and they began to grow, there was life in them. Then evolution arrived at the animate level, which evolved even further. Unlike plants, animals evolved individually. And then came man.
The question is, "Is there regularity, a law behind this development?" The laws exist; we know it from the past. We may not understand them, but it doesn't mean that the laws don't exist; they do.
As a scientist, I look at Nature and learn from it-how it develops, how it develops me as part of it. Who is man? Is he, for all his wisdom, not part of Nature? I only exist in some bubble we call "universe," and I study where I am, and which laws apply to this infinite bubble. There is no end to this wisdom, to what is found here. I am only scratching the surface. This is our science. I don't learn from Nature more than what I can, and in this bubble, I learn a little bit about myself.
And yet, I cannot find my way. This is why I have to study more of Nature's laws. It's good that bad feelings are pushing us to study Nature, so we can at least improve our situation.
To summarize our first unit in this course, we are inside of Nature, which we can think of it as a bubble, as a ball inside of which we live. Within this ball are absolute rules, and we are under the influence of those rules. When we study Nature, we perceive some of these rules; we discover them. This is called "science." However, we have yet to know and discover 99.9% of reality.
Knowing the laws of Nature helps us, as a collective, to build a better life. We have TV, internet, washing machines, driers, and other appliances. All of them are results of studies we have done over the years. Compared to a person living in some remote village, pumping out water from a well, cooking on fire, and hand washing his clothes, we do these things quickly and effortlessly. I have all these appliances at home and I can do myriad other things that while living in the village in past generations I wasn't able to do.
Technological developments gave us free time to engage in all kinds of works, which are far from our necessities. The question is, "If we have so progressed in life, why have ended up with such a cruel and empty life?" Indeed, our lives are so empty that many of us are depressed, insecure, and anxious. What have we done with our free time that technology and social development have brought us to such a state? Why instead of the peace and quiet of the country life-as physically hard as they were-we have arrived at a different kind of jungle? Why have we wasted our time and energy-made free by technology-on creating such a hard and confusing life?
Perhaps we need to arrive at a completely different way of life? Perhaps we should abandon the current situation as we had left the village in the past? And just as in the village, we'll have everything we need to provide for our necessities, but we will have it within two hours of work per day, and we will spend the rest of the time doing other things. Is it possible that we can revolutionize our lives this way?×
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Nature is a system of laws, according to which, the world and all life forms in it exist.
- Psychology, as part of the laws of nature, is a very important instrument in our passage from our current state to our next state.
- From the past, we learn about the future.
- We live within the framework of the laws of nature; we cannot avoid their influence on us.
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