Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
"When you look at the sun, and its light - after traveling through space and time - comes to rest in the back of your eyes, and you feel its heat, and its essence, it becomes a part of you! And you a part of the sun." Grand-Lady used to say. "That is the oneness of all life, here (touching her heart), out there, in the universe, everywhere." Though she did not know the scientific doctrine or terminology of it, she fully understood the existential principle of nature and life.
It is interesting that Stephen Hawking, whose birthday was January 8, 1942, spent his life pursuing the Theory of Everything. He said, "My goal is a complete understanding of the universe; why it is as it is and why it exists at all." His lifetime of study of the universe and our place in it was to understand the ONENESS of all life. Something philosophers and thinkers have grappled with throughout history. And that may be understood as the existential principle of oneness of nature and life.
It is further interesting, how our western civilization assesses existence. For as philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir whose birthday was January 9, 1908, formulated the philosophy of existentialism which is the idea that human beings should define their own existence, without regard to culture, society or religion - and I might add; science.
The problem is, the farther one dwells on such thinking, the more one disconnects himself from the oneness that binds all life together. And that is when the separation of cultures, races, nationalities, and even genders develop. But none of that is natural. It is self-taught and assumed. For, as Beauvoir wrote in her book The Second Sex, "One is not born a woman, one becomes one." That the difference between the sexes was the result of culture, not nature. It was this thinking that founded the modern feminist movement. Such beliefs and others like Black Lives Matter, White Nationalism, Latino Power, etc. divide us even more. The existential principle of life is the unique oneness of all living things. Once we truly understand that we are all a part of one another, caring for all humanity and life becomes easier and natural.
This is what medicine in its core teaches us as well: CARING FOR ALL, BENEFITS ALL!