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Gravity and Belonging

Gravity and Belonging.

There are four forces of nature. The strong force holds the nucleus of the atom together. The weak force is the force that governs the change of a neutron into a proton and an electron, which is ejected from the nucleus during radioactive decay. The electromagnetic force repels the electron from the nucleus of an atom. Opposite charges attract and like charges repel. What remains a great mystery is how a particle gets its charge in the first place. Then there is the force of gravity. Gravity is perplexing.

Gravity is not selective; it pulls together all physical bodies. Its pull is directly proportional to an object's mass. The more massive the object, the greater the gravitational pull. Gravity is the weakest of all the four forces.

When one of two objects is small, the gravitational pull between them is weak. When both of the masses are massive, like the sun and the earth, then the gravitational force is strong; it overcomes all other forces. Medium sized objects obey Newtonian laws as long as they are traveling at low speeds. What is fascinating is that Newtonian gravitational physics breaks down into two fundamental principles. The first is that every mass-bearing particle is attracted to every other with a measurable force. That force of attraction is directly proportional to the product of their masses. The second is that the force is inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the two.

What does that all mean? It means that things with mass attract each other with a force that increases as their mass increases and the distance between them decreases. Bigger objects closer together have greater gravitational pull.

Just like there are four forces of nature, I believe there are four forces of human nature. The strong force in humans is the force that keeps the nucleus of the cell together. The weak force is the force that brings birth, maturation, and aging to cells. The electromagnetic force of the human body is responsible for the production of heat energy in the cellular systems. It also propagates nerve impulses and allows humans to instantaneously response to environmental stress. The fourth force of gravity in humans is the force of belonging. This force allows cells of similar function to aggregate and form organs, and organs to arrange themselves into systems, and systems to arrange themselves into a functioning whole body.

The force of gravity also applies to the instinctive force of attraction between people. Unfortunately, the principles of social communities are strong enough to override nature's force of attraction. Just like gravity, when two people share a common force of allure, the closer they are to each other the stronger the force of attraction. However, attraction in no way implies that the relationship will be a healthy one. Modern social communities are much too complex; and basic social worldviews are no longer rooted in survival within primitive hunter-gatherer families and villages. Many times, human attraction leans toward the sublime, regardless of its impacts on society or humanity as a whole. Many of us organize ourselves into groups that share a common worldview. It is within those communities that we seek a mate who may espouse a worldview similar to our own. These communities tend to have leaders who serve as authorities, and who promote the rules that govern belonging to the community. These men and women could be politicians, ministers, coaches, philosophers, healers, mystics, artists, celebrities, and/or writers. Those who sit at the top of the community pyramid and rule, seldom hold their followers in the same elevated esteem that the followers hold them. The force of belonging is strong enough to fuel portions of the follower’s ego to develop and root in social constructions that seldom change – even with pain or suffering that is brought about by membership in dysfunctional communities. It seems as if the force of belonging transitions into a force of obligation. Marriage vows are a prime example of how the force of belonging can transform into a force of obligation. Much more energy is required to split a married couple back into two single individuals than was required to join the same two people in marriage in the first place. At the height of relationship decay, immense emotional and economic energy is require to separate two people who have either lost their force of attraction, or realized that they never had it in the first place.

In medicine, the force of belonging is fierce. Tradition is paramount. Practice habits are passed down from generations to generations of physicians with little regard for the advance of science. Healthcare institutions seem to market expertise in medical problem solving with a twist, in order to attract the infirm who cannot see through the illusions. One example is genetic testing in cancer victims. It is no secret that our DNA is the bedrock of our physical, and probably cognitive, existence. Nevertheless, mutations in our genetic material are not directly responsible for the manifestation of cancer. Many well-meaning physicians may propose such, but their propositions do not make the idea truth. Cancer is well known to be epigenetic, so are heart disease, seizure disorders, asthma, fibromyalgia, and almost every other illness that plagues the human condition. All of us would like to believe that if our genetic destiny can be changed by changing our genetic material. Nature is not so simple. Human nature is even more complex. The idea that identification of a genetic mutation, that could possibly be associated with a disease, will allow physicians to tailor make individual cures is folly and far from scientific fact. Yet, it does not stop physicians from advertising the idea in clever ways, proposing that they have answers to treat disease, but these answers are fantasy. These men and women are the new snake oil salesmen, flanked by the illusion of scientific fact and speaking to the crowd from an office loaded with bells and whistles.

My advice, expand your worldview. The mystery of gravity teaches us that the greater the mass, the more attractive we are to other great masses. Increasing your volume of knowledge related to normal physiology and its genetic connection will undoubtedly help you to see the genetic absurdities that have cluttered our televisions and social media. Do it before illness and desperation befalls you, so that desperation doesn't confound your thinking. If your worldview incorporates genetic cure as a fact, then you will be attracted to those who propose such, and be prey to their brand of snake oil: genetic modification to heal or individualized treatment based on genetic mutation. Neither is scientifically proven; and both bring their own inherent risks of death, perhaps more than the mortality associated with your disease. Don't let the strong human force of belonging sway you in the wrong direction, regardless of the temptation.

In a hurricane, it's no time to plant flowers. Gravity isn't strong enough to hold the flowers in place as 120 mile an hour winds blow through the garden. There hasn’t been time for them to root and take hold in the fertile ground beneath them.

Sometimes, it's the flower planted years ago that survives nature's fury when everything else has been blown away.


Posted by Amanda Sanders at 2:37 PM
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