"If you are correct," I said to Steve, "then we are the ongoing creators of what we call the truth, without knowing that we are creators, and thereby the shapers of life. It is more likely than not, that we uplift truth itself, as we uplift our civilization and give pinions to life as we expand our universe. We create new elements of truth that did not exist before us, because the world did not exist that these elements of truth pertain to."
"Give me an example," said Steve.
I began to laugh. "Look at the tip of your finger, that's what Fred would say. Who does it point to? It points to you. It points to us all. We are the evidence, the example, and the exemplar, Steve. The modern world and its vast population exists because of us, as creators of resources and builders of infrastructures for living. The so-called natural world might be able to support a few million people out of its primitive resources, but human intelligence has created a higher level world that now supports five billion people. We created an aspect of truth that didn't exist before. Nevertheless we cannot step outside the fundamental principles that are established by the Universe itself. Sure, we have created the principles of agriculture. However, we did this on established universal principles by discovering how the biological platform operates. We have built a marvelous infrastructure on this platform that may soon support ten billion people living on this planet. And here I see a real critical danger with the Ice Age approaching, for two of the critical elements of the biological platform will be deeply disabled by the coming Ice Age. Plant growth depends on the warm climate that the current interglacial period gave us. Plant growth also depends on a rich concentration of carbon dioxide in the air. The world's current CO2 concentration in the air is way below what is needed for efficient plant growth. It should be at a minimum of 1000 ppm for that, instead of the mere 380 that we've got. Our biosphere is presently at a starvation level of CO2 deficiency. Both of these factors become increasingly critical in the coming Ice Age. Agriculture with be devastated by the radically colder climate and also by the radically reduced CO2 concentration in the air that followed the colder temperatures in a downward response. Below the 200 ppm level plant growth grinds to a stop. Ice core samples tell us that during the previous glaciation periods the CO2 level in the air dropped below the 150 mark. That's why only a few million people survived the last Ice Age. We can counteract these critical deficiencies that always devastate the human landscape in the glaciation periods. We can counteract it with indoor agriculture that enables scientific climate control for optimized plant-growth conditions. But this won't happen, will it, if we don't allow our humanity its natural unfolding in reflecting the principles of the Universe?"
"Are you saying that this is the reason why the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many?" I said. I told Steve how I had recited this principle to Fred, without understanding more than just a bit of it myself.
"At least you are honest," said Steve. "Sure, this principle is critical to mankind's meeting the Ice Age Challenge, but not in the way you may think."
If we say that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one, we are entering fascist territory where no one will ultimately survive," I said cautiously. "That's why the opposite has to be true."
Steve applauded me. He raised a hand. "You are getting warm," he said. "Still, your reasoning is passive. For an active appreciation you need to look at what's happening in the way the Universe is operating."
"You mean how the Universe proves the principle that the needs of the one outweighs the needs of the many?"
Steve nodded. "Without this principle the Universe would not exist," said Steve. "This is your proof." He paused. "Since the answer to this puzzle is way out of your reach to discover, allow me to explain what stands behind it. While you are aware by now that in nuclear physics the electrons and protons in an atom are complementary attractive to one another by their complementary polarities, and are complementary protected by the same polarity, just as men and women are naturally attracted and protected in the social world, you fail to recognize that the atoms themselves are complementary in the larger context. When a single electron and a single proton are energetically bound into a dynamic atomic relationship, an atom results that is a million times larger in size than the electron that circumscribes the family space. The outcome in this case is a hydrogen atom. However, the Universe is slightly more complex than this. The dynamic structures of atoms are such that the electrons surrounding a nucleus occupy a certain space, which is rarely fully occupied. The occupation happens in layers upon layers for the larger atoms, like shells of rooms surrounding a nucleus. The Universe is so arranged that each of the shells has a certain number of rooms available, which, when it doesn't have enough electrons in its own outer shell to fill them, makes the rooms available to be shared by electrons in the outer shells of other atoms. The arrangement is such that when several complementary atoms come close enough, they latch onto each other by sharing their outer rooms in which additional electrons as guests from other atoms can reside. This is how water is created by two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom latching onto each other."
"What are you getting at?" I interrupted Steve.
"Can't you tell? This is profound, Peter," said Steve, smiling. "The hydrogen atom represents the most basic possible form of marriage in the Universe. It gives us the marriage of two single complementary polarities into a dynamically operating atom. This most basic model is reflected nearly universally as the marriage model of mankind. Our civilization hasn't progressed beyond that, or hasn't been allowed to progress. However, what we have here is an extremely rare occurrence in the Universe. In the Universe most hydrogen atoms form atomic pairs. Every hydrogen atom has two rooms available in its shell. Its own electron occupies one. The other room is available for the sharing. And so, in general, two hydrogen atoms latch onto each other and form the H2 molecule. Most hydrogen gas on Earth exists in this form. This opens up an avenue for mankind to expand its marriage model. However, the Universe doesn't stop there either. It created over a hundred different types of larger and larger atoms, and with these, it created an infinite potential for molecular bonds, billions of which may already exist, many made up of hundreds of atoms bound together into complex molecular structures, or with an infinite number in the case of the metals. The Universe would not exist without them. If the Universe was modeled after the model that mankind has chosen for its marriage model, the universe would be at best but a vast dark cloud of hydrogen gas. Most likely it would even exist at this primitive level. But this is the kind of platform that mankind has coerced itself to built its civilization on. That's why nothing works. That is why we have empires in the world that collapse our economies and unleash war, terror, fascism, and so on. Our civilization is in a starvation mode, Peter. We are trying to live on a platform on which the Universe could not, and would not, exist. We are fooling ourselves when we believe that we can exist as a civilization on the primitive platform that we have chosen, for which no equivalent exists in the Universe. If we want to rid the world of its nuclear war danger, we have to upgrade our basic social platform. Nothing less will do to eradicate empire. Likewise, we need to do this in order to develop the humanist power that we must require to create the needed infrastructures to get us through the next Ice Age. For this too, nothing less will be sufficient."
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