I wanna build on part of the topic from last week’s post, specifically polarization.
To quote myself (I know, I know) “Polarization is when we perceive people who disagree with us as our enemy. Polarization happens as a result of stress and fear.”
I’ve been reading about quantum entanglement. I’m not a quantum physicist (duh). But I am a metaphorist, so I tend to find things that are good analogies or metaphors that help us to understand layers of our experiences.
Here’s the opening sentence about Quantum entanglement from Wikipedia:
Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when a pair or group of particles is generated, interact, or share spatial proximity in a way such that the quantum state of each particle of the pair or group cannot be described independently of the state of the others, including when the particles are separated by a large distance.
And a little more – an entangled system cannot be described by defining all the attributes of the individual members, but as an inseparable whole. Hmmmm, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – and that’s as far into math as I’m going to go.
There’s so much more that is fun to think about – and brain bending at the same time. For example, there are theories that entangled molecules in a salmon’s brain may be how she returns to spawn in the exact place where she was born, or how birds migrate together to the same locations. It’s like magic! (And of course, magic is made up of things that science cannot explain…yet!)
So the metaphorist in me cannot help but say, “Hey, that’s us! Humans are an entangled system. The PLANET is an entangled system.”
I don’t think we need much more evidence to prove that theory. With everything that is going on in our world right now, we are bombarded with proof of how intricately interwoven we are. I think it becomes more obvious, the more we try to isolate and follow social distancing.
The color for this is coral. Coral is the color of community. The name of the color helps us to remember this, because the coral reef is a community, an ecosystem.
Coral helps us to remember to think as members and feel part of a community. Community gives us support, and we give it in return.
Coral can help us remember to make choices for the benefit of our community; it is an antidote to greed.
Coral is a color that can help us heal the polarization (which is where this all started).
More coral, please!
In the meantime, remember these things: You are loved. We are all loved. Let’s all be kind. And in all things – progress, not perfection!
Love and light,
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