As expected, the new definition of life could affect many other fields like philosophy, psychology, religion or the way we see our future as mankind.
But before starting to have a detailed discussion about the conclusions and implications of this theory, I want to introduce a new way of approaching big questions – what is free will and what is God.
As we saw in the discussion about life, things could get a little philosophical and this can bring confusion – so we need to set some rules of discussion first.
Let’s imagine this debate.
We have a simple person, a priest and a scientist discussing.
- We have proof that all life and also humans have a pre-determinable destiny which makes them no different from all other non living things.
- There is nothing you can convince me of - I am alive and I can feel this. I think, I love I cry. How can you be so blind to believe something like that? Don’t you feel your soul vibrating?
Priest to scientist:
- How can you say that humans have a pre-determinable destiny when all things were created by God? Who made the Universe if your science is so knowledgeable? I am telling you that God made the Universe and He made you. Don’t speak against your God because He is good and you own him everything.
- We have scientific proof that all religions are false so there is no God.
- Oh really? And are you sure this proof is absolutely correct? Your science is evolving. What was true yesterday is false tomorrow as your science evolves. Your science will evolve for millions of years – we are just at the very beginning.
Priest to scientist:
- Only God is eternal. Have you ever felt the touch of God? It is a feeling that has no equal in the world. People happily give their life for their God if that is needed, because HE gives them strength and peace as nothing else. There is no fascination greater than God in the whole world – no money or riches can make men so happy. If you feel the touch of God you will be the happiest man in the world but first you must search for God.
- Your feelings and your religious mumblings are nothing in the eyes of science. Science deals with observable data and logic. Science deals with facts.
Can you say who is right and who is wrong?
The truth is that they could all be right – each in their own way.
The truth is that we can talk about a situation from different angles, levels or positions, or point of view – and this is a problem because on one level a statement can be true but false on another.
People can argue for an eternity if they see the problem being discussed from different angles – what is needed, is to define some levels and have a debate on a single level at a time.
I think we have 3 levels – (1) an absolute one, (2) the scientific level and (3) the human level.
The absolute level.
On this level we talk about how things really are in Universe.
It is possible that the Universe is how we see it now and what we see now is most of it - galaxies and particles and energies – or, it is possible that what we see now is just an infinitely small part of Universe.
There could be infinite other parallel universes and dimensions infinitely different from ours. Other theories about the Universe say we could just live in a simulation or other assumptions can still be made like nothing really exists.
This absolute level is the ultimate truth – which we don’t know yet what it is and we don’t know if we will ever find it.
This level is independent of somebody or something needing to discover or understand it – we will use this point of view just to delimit definitions and avoid complications between how things are and how we know them.
We will talk more about this level in the following paragraphs where we will also find some examples.
The scientific level.
Then we have a second level – this one is the main scientific view at this moment. Science is pretty advanced in some domains and also is the most trusted source of information, but we don’t know if the scientific view is the absolute truth.
This view is mainly that the Universe is what we see now – it has laws, matter energy, galaxies and so on.
The problem with this point of view is that science has only developed for a few hundred years and the question is – what will we discover in a million years? Can we discover that everything we consider true to be actually false? It is a possibility.
So the current scientific level could be just an intermediary level – an intermediary point of view – but it could also be the absolute truth.
The human level.
The third level is our truth – what does it matter for us as humans – we will see in a second what this means.
This level will be exemplified in the following chapters.
Armed with a concept of different levels we are ready to go and discuss the implications of “The order of needs” theory.