Next page ENERGY AS BASIS FOR A PLANETARY ETHICS (PART I - THE PHENOMENON ENERGY) Kees Deckers September 2013 Can you name something that does not consist of energy? Graduation thesis: A clearer grip on the concept of energy for welfare work - Kees Deckers 1980   In five articles I will try to explain why a Planetary Ethics based on the phenomenon energy is the most sensible idea to strive for as one  humanity. The articles are meant as to-think-about-articles. They are meant to detach the readers and myself from our already anchored  beliefs, fantasies, theories and certainties, developed during our lives until this moment.  I pose that there is only one Energy from which all other forms and phenomena of energy, so literally all things, come forth. And my  proposition is to found a Planetary Ethics on this Energy. In this first article I state, that as far as humans understand their own existence and the existence of everything else, they all come to the  same conclusion. The conclusion that literally everything which exists is made up of one or other kind of energy or caused by it. And that if  there is only one beginning for everything, one phenomenon from which all other things and phenomena have come, one beginning which  even can be proven by science, it is energy. This knowledge has been around for thousands of years already and finds its expression in terms  like Prana, Chi, Akasha, Aether and Orgone, but also in the theories like the Big Bang, the Big Rip (or Big R.I.P.) and the Big Crunch of our  universe and in the string theory. I state also that thinking, believing, theorising or fantasising all are just using forms and phenomena of  energy. I will, reluctantly, make a distinction between matter-energy and spirit-energy, to explain the situation human finds herself in.  In the second article: "Energy as basis for a Planetary Ethics - Part II - Never Ending Creation" I will show that according to very old spiritual  beliefs and to most of modern day science energy not only exists in boundless quantities, but also is everlasting or at least is that with which  Everything else started. If this is so, then human has always endless amounts of energy at her disposal, provided that she takes the time and  uses wisdom to learn about how to use it. The problem is though that human has to learn by trial and error, because she is bound to her own development and to her own possibilities.  And because she tends to think of her own individual life first and foremost. I will talk therefore about the Human Condition in the third  article: "Energy as basis for a Planetary Ethics - Part III - The Human Condition". From the start humans have been working on two main  goals. The first goal is to try to create an environment for themselves which is as safe and as pleasurable as possible and preferably exists  forever and the second goal is to create themselves into energy beings which also can live as long and pleasurable as possible, and preferably  forever. For this they try to find out how they themselves and all else works, functions. And they try to replicate this. But "better".  Every economy is based on achieving these goals, from the economy of one human to the economy of a union of states and finally to an  economy for the entire Earth. That is the topic of the fourth article: "Energy as basis for a Planetary Ethics - Part IV - Energy and Economy". I  will go into what economy really is and what humans make each other believe it is. Economy has everything to do with the terms system,  environment and loading-processing-unloading. It leads to the idea of perpetual motion and a perpetual motion system. And that possibility is  topic of the fifth and final article: "Energy as basis for a Planetary Ethics - Part V - A Perpetual Motion System".  In the fifth and last article I propose to found as humanity a Planetary Ethics based on Energy and from this Planetary Ethics to set as goal  creating a sustainable, pleasurable and safe perpetual motion system for all life on Earth and later hopefully even elsewhere. I use for this  goal the idea of Nikolai Kardashev. The Planetary Ethics not only includes an equal distribution for all the kinds of energies each human needs,  but also includes the planet Earth and all that lives and thrives on it. It provides the necessary safe and pleasurable environment, which  humans need to be able to prosper and to live as long as possible. This may be achieved for instance with the use of a lifelong Unconditional  Basic Income as a part of it. At the same time this Planetary Ethics based on energy, points to our possible futures as individual humans and  as humanity. Which future will we choose?  I will use in the articles also some pointers from my own life and experiences, which have led me to thinking about energy and to writing  these articles.  And I will use in the articles a few specific terms and meanings of terms of my own. To wit:   1. Total Reality - The Total Reality encompasses and includes literally everything. It encompasses and includes for instance our entire  universe, the to us visible as well as the to us invisible part of it. And it encompasses and includes also the gargantuan much larger multi-  or megaverse. It also includes all spiritual ideas, beliefs and theories, dreams and fantasies, possibilities and probabilities. And it includes  all Life Course Defined Realities of each Human (I) as Mean(S).  2. Life Course Defined Reality - We each live in a different time and at a different place on Earth. Because of this we all make different  observations and we all have different experiences. On the basis of these different observations and these different experiences we all  create our own representation and model of reality. A personal or person bound representation. This person bound image of reality  changes during the entirety of our life. We keep constantly adjusting the image we have of reality at a certain moment, on the grounds of  constantly new perceptions and constantly new experiences. So, at each moment during our life our image of reality is based on our life  course up till then. Therefore we may state there exists a Life Course Defined Reality.  3. Human (I) as Mean(S) means three things: 1. Human feels himself the midpoint or mean of Everything; 2. Human is his own means, his  own instrument from which to research and measure literally Everything; 3. Human is no more than a point in the seeming infinity of the  universe, of the Total Reality. 4. All-else means everything else which Human (I) as Mean(S) can experience that she does not call herself or part of herself.  5. Energy written with a capital E means the one phenomenon from which all other forms and phenomena of energy come forth, and with  that literally everything else, the Total Reality.  6. energy written with a lower case e is one form or phenomenon of energy, which has come from Energy.  7. Planetary Ethics means an ethics which is based on the principles of proportionality and equality, an ethics in which all human beings and  nature develop themselves independent and together on a planetary scale.  Finally, I will sometimes sound harsh towards what I call narrowed science and scientists, but also towards certain religions, faiths and beliefs  in gods, which are also narrowed in their own way. It is a way to shake ourselves awake from our complacent and lazy lethargy. The problem  with many humans practicing materialistic science and with practicing spirituality is that they let their own ideas, fantasies, theories and  beliefs prevail above those of other humans, oft not even listening, looking or trying to understand what other humans are showing and  telling. Only their own ideas, fantasies, theories and beliefs are the right ones to ensure their own closeby materialistic environment to live as  long and as pleasurable as possible in. For that they force other humans to follow and use their ideas, beliefs, rules and regulations  obligatory. In that sense both materialsim and spiritualism are most of the times used purely for materialistic security and greed.  Two simple questions is all it takes  Two simple questions can be used by the reader throughout all five articles as the only necessary anchors to hold onto. The first is: Can  human exist without an environment? The second is: Can you name anything that is not made up of energy?  From the perspective of human the Total Reality always exists of two distinct parts. The part that she is herself, which can be called "inside".  And the part that she herself is not, which can be called "outside". In the articles I will from this point onwards also use the term Human (I)  as Mean(S) when talking about "inside", and All-else when meaning "outside".  So, there is an "outside", All-else, which most close to humans may be called his direct surroundings, environs, environment. And there is an  "inside", called human, called I, called Human (I) as Mean(S), which is all a human experiences of being himself; from his body, mind and  soul to the possibilities of his thinking, feeling and acting.  Humans experience throughout their lifetime that these two parts, "inside" and "outside", can not be seperated, that these parts are in all  kinds of manners inextricably intertwined. They sometimes can envision that the "outside" might be able to exist, without the "inside".  Meaning that All-else can exist without Human (I) as Mean(S). But the other way around? The question is, given these two perceived distinct  parts: Can Human (I) as Mean(S) exist without a direct environment?  What is it that inextricably intertwines the "inside" to the "outside"? What is the most common and most basic phenomenon both Human (I)  as Mean(S) and All-else, both "inside" and "outside", exist of? What is the most basic element that binds them inextricably together? That is  energy. The question therefore is: Is there anything "inside" or "outside" at all that is not made up of energy?  What is energy?  What is energy? As humans, "inside" ourselves and everywhere "outside" ourselves, we become aware of all kinds and forms of energy.  Maybe because of this the question is one of the most difficult to answer. The word "energy" comes from Greek and means activity, operation,  action and power to work. But it also means power of the spirit, vigour and vitality. I talk here specifically about the term energy as it has  been in use in the western world of thinking and reality. It is presumed that the Greek Aristoteles, who lived around 2,400 years ago, used  the word for the first time. But before that there were already many other terms in many other parts of the world. Like Qi or Chi, Prana,  Akasha, Aether and so on. Other terms for energy have been thought of in the western world over the centuries. And especially since the  "Scientific Revolution" (freeing science from the church and religious authority), followed by the "Industrial Revolution", many different words  have been thought of, to give a name to each of the many kinds and forms of energy Human (I) as Mean(S) started to discover and  distinguish. Heat, light energy, sound energy, kinetic energy, luminiferous aether, potential energy, nuclear energy, radiation, electricity,  gamma rays, magnetism, mass, ectoplasm, telekinetic energy and so on.  It is not that strange that there are so many words and ideas about energy. Because Human (I) as Mean(S) and All-else around her is built up  from all kinds and forms of energy, some with different kinds of properties, the consequence is that in bits and pieces or in fractions answers  have been found through history and always will be found with regard to energy and its innumerable possibilities. Each fraction is another  form or kind of energy humans discover and distinguish from all other forms and kinds of energy. And for each fraction a new word had and  has to be found to distinguish this fraction of energy from all the others. With that, taking into account also the many different languages and  dialects humanity has developed, it may be clear why there exists such a large diversity of words and meanings for energy.  I pose that there is one phenomenon of energy, which all these other forms, properties and phenomena of energy come from. I distinguish  this energy phenomenon by using a capital E. This Energy has had many names already throughout history, like Qi, Prana, Akasha and  Orgone, to name a few. What exactly this Energy is, how it came to be or if it exists always is a question, which I nor any other human can  answer. Which is why everyone can have his or her own idea about this. From sheer random coincidence to a divine will or an always existing  all-encompassing consciousness and so on. But I pose we can use this Energy as a basis for a Planetary Ethics without having to answer that  question and without agreeing on an answer. In a figure I present Energy thus:  Figure 1. - Energy and just a few of its forms and phenomena as already discerned and discovered by Human (I) as Mean(S) The arrows point out how Human (I) as Mean(S) learns to understand herself and All-else around her. She starts with what is most close and  most necessary to her, like water, earth and air. And from there she goes on fantasising, thinking and theorising about all these energies and  where they come from. And she learns these are probably all related and probably all have the same source of energy as their origin. Calling  this energy Aether, Akasha or Matter. And thinking and fantasising further, they keep finding new origins, from atoms to particles, to strings  and to what I call the ultimate source: Energy.  What we, Humans (I) as Mean(S), are able to perceive of Energy and all the forms, phenomena and attributes that come from it, is only a  very small part of what is there. In an image it looks like this:  Figure 2. - Energy and the small part of forms, phenomena and properties of energies that make up our universe and Human (I) as Mean(S) herself The understandable but regrettable division between matter-energy and spirit-energy  Although I am not a fan about it at all, I divide Energy into two main parts in this article, matter-energy and spirit-energy. I do this because  Humans (I) as Mean(S) all over the world and all through history have done this. According to me the distinction is an arbitrary one, mainly  caused by our tools of perception, our senses, which work between boundaries. Our human body and our senses are namely made of certain  forms of energy, mostly matter-energy and therefore are also entirely focused on these forms of energy. Why? Because matter-energies are  the most important forms of energy for Human (I) as Mean(S) to be able to live a long and healthy life. But other forms of energy,  undetectable for Human (I) as Mean(S), exist and they too may lead to complex possibilities. Like the possibility of energy-fields in which  experiences and lived through information of a human may be stored for much longer than the lifetime of this human. And like the possibility  of forms of life made of spirit-energy, which may once in a while interact with matter-energy in for Human (I) as Mean(S) as of yet still  unknown ways. Near Death Experiences and paranormal happenings also are partly examples of forms of spirit-energy. Stating that these  kinds of energy do not exist and therefore these phenomena do not exist, like most matter-energy scientists do, is easy. But they too still  keep finding new forms of energy. They even need them to explain their own theories about our matter-energy universe. Like for instance  dark matter and dark energy.  But spirit-energy and matter-energy both come from the same source: Energy. They are related through this source. And in between all kinds  and forms and phenomena of energy exist which bind spirit-energy and matter-energy inextricably together.  In all kinds of ways Human (I) as Mean(S) discovers and understands that there is no real boundary between spirit-energy and matter-  energy. In the short article: "Consciousness: The Bridge Between Science and Religion" on the website "Waking Times" Peter Russell says for  instance:  …This paradox-the undeniable existence of human consciousness, set against the absence of any satisfactory scientific account for it-suggests that there may be  something amiss with the current scientific worldview... … Interestingly, expanding the scientific model to include consciousness in this way does not threaten any of the conclusions of modern science. Mathematics  remains the same, as do physics, biology, chemistry, and all our other discoveries about the material world. What changes is our understanding of ourselves. If  consciousness is indeed fundamental, then the teachings of the great sages and mystics begin to make new sense.  Those who have penetrated to the core of their minds have frequently discovered a profound connection with the ground of all being. The sense of being an individual  self-that feeling of I-ness that we all know so well but find so hard to define-turns out to be not so unique after all. The light of consciousness that shines in me, is the  same light that shines in you-the same light shining through a myriad of minds….  Internet reference (07-09-13):  http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/05/21/consciousness-the-bridge-between-science-and-religion/  What Peter Russell states, is that the “current scientific worldview” is really a containment and demarcation of what really exists. The Total  Reality is incredibly much larger than what “modern” scientists want and determine it to be.  Matter-energy  Although most humans almost always talk about matter and energy as if they are two entirely unconnected substances, matter is nothing but  energy. The reason for the distinction, that is made between matter and energy is because it is our experience that matter seems to have  completely different properties than other forms of energy. We can touch, see, hear, smell and taste matter. We can stand on it. In fact, we  can not even get away from it. Our entire environment exists mainly of these forms of energy. And we, humans, ourselves also exist of it. We  live of this matter. We eat it, we drink it, we breath it in. And we process it in our bodies to forms of energy that we can use to live and thrive  on. That which is unusable, because our bodies simply can not convert it to usable energy, we excrete in energy forms as sweat, expiration,  faeces and urine. In short, we are in constant energy exchange with our environment. An energy exchange between "inside" and "outside".  And just as a thought: If this goes for matter-energy, then why not also for spirit-energy? So, owing to our own characteristics and the characteristics of our most closeby environment it has become one of the most "hard" ideas, that  matter and energy are two different and seperate things. Nothing could be further from the truth. That is why I speak of matter as matter-  energy. The entire universe is made out of matter-energy, from atom to molecule to cell to multicellular organism, like plants, animals and  humans. In the images below I show the current scientific ideas of how matter-energy is built up and leads to our Earth and to ourselves:  Photo earthly nature from: http://www.moederaarde.net/ Photo humans from: http://leveninleuven.be/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/6miljardmensen.jpg   Figure 3. - The scientific idea of how matter-energy has built itself up into our Earth and into us Photo solar system from: http://screenshots.en.sftcdn.net/en/scrn/319000/319479/solar-system-scope-34.jpg Photo galaxy from: http://www.wallsave.com/wallpaper/1920x1080/sea-stars-galaxy-universe-andromeda-nebula-hd-desktop-911506.html Photo universe from: http://macrobytech.blogspot.nl/2011/05/universe.html Photo multiverse from: http://www.historyoftheuniverse.com/?p=multiverse.htm Figure 4. - The scientific idea of how matter-energy has built systems from a solar system to a multiverse Up