The Government of Nature

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If we turn our eye to explore the nature of government we probably drift to notions of a narrow band of people that can be loosely bracketed in terms of “the powers that be”. This is not the kind of government we will explore here. The idea here is to set our sights on nature as the fundamental form of government, the laws of which any human endeavor to govern is ultimately subordinate to – one way or another. To contrast the difference between human government and the government of nature, we can consider the following: A human government, either by tacit approval, outright policy or some combination of these could build a coastal city  below sea level. This city can be made possible with the application of resources such as civil engineering and the building of levies and canals to control the flow of water. With these endeavors the city can exist where it would not otherwise be possible. Here on earth, the law of nature asserts that liquid water runs downhill, and that sporadic storms will buffet a given geographic area from time to time. Efforts such as levies and canals can hold back the tides, but nature is the ultimate decider of whether or not human endeavors are sufficient. Nature, no matter what laws and actions we might undertake, is the ultimate authority. In other words; human endeavors of whatever order of magnitude are only effective to the degree that they are exercised within the bounds of the laws of nature.

The laws of nature are steady. They are self-assured – neither diminished nor exalted by scorn or flattery. They’re neither boastful nor modest. These laws that govern us communicate what is possible and what is not. Two key points we can draw from what is communicated through nature is that there are both possibilities and limitations. The key to unlocking the fullest of possibilities is to both understand and operate within the bounds of the laws of nature. The flip side of this is that ignorance, wishful thinking or attempts to violate nature do not, will not and cannot sway the outcome of events. Nature is faithful and cannot make exceptions. If we choose to ignore or fail to understand the faithful communication of the links between cause and effect that determines every outcome, we do so at our peril. It is possible to argue the nonexistence of gravity and attempt to prove it by jumping off a cliff, but our argument will fall flat at the bottom of the cliff. Ignorance of the laws of nature does not excuse us from being subject to them. Another aspect of nature is that it does not lie, so if our efforts are not within natural bounds, nature will still assert itself as the final and highest authority.

Biology is part of nature. It is a lens that emerges from the conspiracy of laws that govern the relationships within nature. This biological lens enables us to peer with more depth and clarity into the nature of that which we are in and part of. Unless we understand and adhere to these laws, our experience of life is diminished or destroyed. Under command of ignorance and deception we are ships adrift in treacherous waters. Under command of understanding and discipline we are able to move with intention toward the most satisfied state of being. In fact, the very nature of disease can be seen through a lens that looks at how well or poorly we adhere to the laws that determine our most satisfied state. Biology needs nourishment. In order to accomplish this biology needs specific cooperative relationships. If biological creatures such as us did not exhale carbon dioxide, then plants could not inhale. If plants did not exhale oxygen we could not inhale. Without this reciprocal mutually nourishing aspect of what nature communicates about fulfilling relationships we experience imbalance. Mutually nourishing flow of relationship is a recurring theme throughout biology.

Our cells must serve each other with nourishing value in the context of the community. So must our organs. Certain bacteria are critical to our digestive processes and they depend on us for life. The bee is friend to the flower, and the flower is friend to the bee, because they nourish each other with what they need for life. This male-female theme of cooperative nourishing relationships not only defines the process by which biology successfully operates, but it is the means by which nature reveals its character. The more we listen and learn from nature’s voice, the more capable we are to realize our most satisfied state of being. The more we align our human endeavors around these principles at every level from personal to global, the more we can realize our fullest most satisfied potential.

7 responses to “The Government of Nature

    • Thanks, Nature is brilliant. Frankly I am a fairly mediocre student in awe of what she says.

      • Mediocre, relative to the majesty of Nature, maybe. But your *writing* is brilliant, relative to the quality of most of the writing I’ve encountered; irrespective of the majesty of Nature, or of any other theme. Everything I’ve read from you is extremely well-written. Keep it up.

      • Thank you very much. Since I can’t play music anymore, (damage) writing has taken center stage as a means of expression, I still enjoy keeping things lyrical. – Joe

      • Sorry to hear about the damage. I don’t play too much music anymore either, though in my case it’s mostly due to lack of a musical instrument; and its being fairly low on the list, considering the more pressing priorities in life. Have taken to writing, which is cost-free at the moment; though ultimately, music would be too. Shalom.

  1. In my mind, I swapped out “God” for “Nature” (particularly in the second paragraph) and this became incredibly enlightening spiritually…you have helped me tremendously today. Thank you!

    • You are very welcome Abigail. I think words are such imperfect pointers at the same time they represent the best tool we have to probe the depths. Even our best efforts bring some things into clarity at the same time their best brings with them a view of just how close we are to the dark horizon, beyond which we cannot see. Surely some illuminate and others obscure. You might try the inverse of what you did and read you favorite scriptures replacing the word “God” with nature, or reality. This might help you to see more deeply into what those who came so long before us, and without the benefit of the slightly deeper understanding we have today, were trying to grasp and describe from their limited perspective. Just a thought… keep or toss as you see fit.

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