Reflection on the Nature of Things and of Man
Man's essence of form, his nature if you will, that which defines his purpose, is that of a mental, physical, and spiritual creation. Man is mental, having the capacity to learn. He is physical, having an objective manifestation which we define as a living creature, with the capacity to grow, to adapt to his circumstances and environment, to reproduce, and with a definite organization to his physical makeup. He is also spiritual, having the innate capacity to know and relate to the infinite. Man is an objective manifestation of reality emanating from the subjective source of the will of the infinite. His form is determined by God's purpose in His creation. Because God is spirit, man was also composed of spirit so that man and God could relate one to another. Man, being a discrete entity which is mental, physical and spiritual, can only achieve a stable state through a proper relationship with his world, the physical, his environment, a correct correlation of his environmental inputs – the mental, and his God, the spiritual.
The essence or form of non-living systems is that of a physical creation only. They are objective manifestations of reality emanating from the subjective source of will. The physical form is determined by the will's purpose in its creation. The stability of physical systems, or discrete physical entities, is determined by the relationships between their form and other physical systems or discrete physical entities. Physical systems can assume a multiplicity of manifestations which may be objectively observed. As the objectively observable form the physical takes is a consequence of a subjective source, will, and as the will is infinite, the potential physical forms are also infinite. The stability of physical systems is therefore defined in terms of how closely they approximate their intended form, or the purpose for which they were created, within the context of the physical environment within which they were created and exist and with which they communicate.
As the physical is infinitely divisible, although its atomistic makeup is composed of discrete oscillations of energy, physical entities are only otherwise discrete in the sense that they evidence stability in their combination of constituent parts, this stability being by virtue of their approximation to their intended form in the environmental context within which they were created. In essence then, discrete physical entities are simply stable systems, being infinitely divisible, their stability being relative to their environment and their form.
Within these stable systems, the constituent parts have a natural affinity for each other and are complimentary to each other. They exhibit stability in their association and complimentarity in their individual properties. This complimentarity is persistent, whether the constituent parts are associated or dissociated. In those systems which exhibit a high degree of stability, this persistence of complimentarity in dissociation extends to the states of the complimentary parts. In this case, those parts exhibit entanglement, a condition in which the state of one element of a complimentary pair is determined by the state of the other whether these parts are in a position of physical communication or not. This complimentarity of entangled systems has been expressed, as well as objectively observed, in a variety of ways. It exists both at the subatomic level as well as the cosmic level, though we have only recently both achieved empirical evidence of it as well as envisioned practical applications whereby it may be put to use.
The difference between purely physical systems and what we define as living systems is simply one of degree, whereas the difference between these and spiritual systems is one of nature. The difference in degree is in terms of the degree to which both internal and external events may be sensed as well as correlated, producing those reactions which most generate stability – a consistency or increase in identified relationship patterns. Although physical systems are naturally entropic, the physical laws governing their interactions are consistent. As chance interactions of physical entities occur, relationship patterns emerge and system stability is increased. Neither matter nor energy is finite. Neither can be created nor destroyed, rather they simply pass from one form to another. As the underlying laws are consistent, and as the most discrete form of the physical, discrete energy oscillations, are also consistent, rational and orderly physical system entropy is counterbalanced by this underlying consistency and order.