Tuesday, July 08, 2008
"All things come into being by conflict of opposites, and the sum of things flows like a stream." -Diogenes Laertius IX section 8
the study of occult philosophy can be described as a progression towards recognizing the simplicity of all things.. most topics intend to unravel the mystery of the most basic and elemental concepts, such as time, matter, energy and existence..
however, the closer one gets to such fundamental questions, the more abstract these ideas become.. beyond questions like 'how was the universe formed' or 'what is the reason for existence', the occultist also seeks to understand 'how change occurs', 'what is the nature of movement' or 'how something is created from nothing'..
one of the most basic ideas to comprehend when studying occult philosophy is the concept of dualism, commonly expressed between a conflict between creative (good) and destructive (evil) forces (or gods), the coexistence of energy(nonphysical) and matter(physical), or the harmony of order and chaos..
as the above quote from Diogenes suggests, existence itself is a product of some sort of dualism.. and as science shows us, the product of mixing of matter and anti-matter gives rise to pure energy, of which both are composed (E=MC^2), giving rise to a sort of material trinity (a topic to be tackled at another time)..
Websters quotes energy as being "a fundamental entity of nature that is transferred between parts of a system in the production of physical change within the system"
so it seems so far that the production, or conservation, of energy is a result between the dualism of matter, which itself is energy, and makes physical existence (matter/motion/time) possible..
"Advaita vedanta insists that the experiential personal realization of unity of everything must be achieved. Until a person achieves such realization, advaita vedanta uses the Sanhkya dualism of consciousness and matter for describing the world." -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dualism#In_Vedanta_philosophy
the energy/matter dualism is perhaps the same as the mind/matter dualism, in that both are of the same substance (unified), yet act against each other as a way of propagating existence..
i had hoped to find tangible examples of how this fundamental dualism works in nature, but the abstract qualities and my own incomplete understanding of it makes that hard.. one social form of dualism that came to mind, though, is the idea of competition, in either sports, economics or even evolutionary survival.. how two opposing sides (teams/companies/species) of a spectrum (sport/market/ecosystem) compete with each other; the process allowing each side to improve upon itself whether through victory or defeat..