I am sorry that I have not devoted as much energy into this blog as I would have liked. Sometimes it seems that Life conspires against me. On the other hand, it could be that I am just a disorganised lazy dreamer. The fact that I am bothering to make this post is possibly proof that I have not forgotten what I set out to do. I have made a start.
In fact I have made possibly a dozen starts. It’s fairly easy, ‘s just the middle bit that’s tricky, and, there will never be a conclusion or final analysis while consciousness exists.
I have just watched three parts of the youtube video Everything is a remix. I think that I first saw one or maybe two years ago. Subsequent parts have been added by its producer and IMO are well worth seeing. If you have not seen it and would like to, here it is.
The way I see it, the video broadly states that there are very few original ideas in art, innovation and cultural movement etc.
I would go as far as to suggest that this idea can go far deeper than that. It could be extended to the roots of everything that one can perceive,
I do not know very much about Hinduism except its fundamental tenet that life is a constant cycle of rebirth and death. Although I am not a Hindu (more an agnostic or reformed egonostic) I believe this for the simple reason that I have learned to understand some of the cause and effect principles which apparently underpin life.
If the tenets that we extrapolate from scientific principles are to be believed, all life on Earth relies on the recombination of a infinitly thin film of organic molecules that a very high percentage of which in a layer above and below the Earth that are not much more than a few miles thick.
Forms of life exist above and below the floors of the deepest oceans to the Arctic wastes to the limits of the atmosphere.
Life needs change of environment to exist.
One of the principal drivers of this change is the sun. The energy it releases relies on the reconstitution of helium atoms to hydrogen atoms so it is fair to say that all matter on the sun is constantly remixing.
Its energy drives the Earth’s weather, and, along with the moon, its mass the tides in the sea which, when viewed over time, is itself a mixture of atoms remixing life and land-forms in both implicit and spectacular ways.
The drivers of life go far deeper than that. The matter that makes up both you and everything else on Earth was once part of a star that was constantly remixing.
After its original formation the rock on top of the highest mountains in the world was once either deep in the Earth’s crust or on the bottom of some primeval sea.
Not much life exists on the tops of the higest of these mountains. It does not matter, weathering erodes the rock which is washed down the sides of mountains. The atomic particles of that rock which does not eventually find its way into the system of some living organism, only to be remixed again and again, may eventually find themselves in the basal mud of some future ocean in aeons to come only to be transformed back into rock which may, in time, become part of a mountain on dry land.
Indeed everything is a remix? Surely it is not beyond human comprehension?
What is, at least to more mortal minds, is how it all started.
Gods were invented when Homo sapiens brains developed to begin fill the void of knowledge. The concept of reason grew in an almost symbiotic way. Which is but another form of progressive remixing.
When resources (some of which themselves were presumably(?)the product of this idea of remixing) became scarce to these more intelligent primates (Which had, accordung to theory, remixed over incomprehensible time spans from the first sub-planktonic life-forms according to Darwin.) Gods were invented by the more itelligent and powerful primates who gained dominance in order to sanction their leadership and instill fear of legitimized retribution for problematic non-conformists of the regimes of those in power.