490. Perception as Detection of Differentials
 (Dedicated to the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki)

Fiftythree years ago, as of the time of this writings, airplanes of the United States Armed Forces dropped the first 'Atomic-Bombs' on two cities of an already defeated  Japan, deliberately ignoring its offers to negotiate terms of surrender.

While most of North-America celebrates this single biggest act of  destruction as a triumph of the Good over the Bad with the help of superior technology, it will still go into the books of history as the single most atrocious act ever in the history of mankind. The memory and karma of this great country of the United States of America will be tainted accordingly in futures to come.

According to the public view, this 'achievement' was based or made possible to a great extent by Einstein's 'General Theory of Relativity', which, looking back, was probably the biggest hype in the field of Science of the passing 20th Century.

While it is still not clear whether Albert usurped the ideas of his wife Mileva, who, in turn, had attended a conference in Amsterdam at which the famous postulate (e=m*c-square) had been presented by other scientists, the very concept of the
relativity of motion can be seen as a milestone in modern Science.

Ironically, this concept of relativity of motion is a special case of a broader concept that has been known in Japan for many centuries already even though it has never been formulated in mathematical terms as such. Known, too, in ancient India and China, this concept was never thought of assisting in the mass destruction of innocent and defenseless citizens but, in the contrary, it was considered an insight that assists in the self-realization of sentient Beings.

 In a nutshell:

  No phenomenon or manifestation in this Universe can be perceived  'as such'. Only _differences_ between manifestations can trigger the recognition of an 'existence'.

In other words, not only is 'everything' in this Universe related to 'everything', 'nothing' could ever be _perceived_ if it would't be different to something else within the focus of an observer.

This underlying law finds its reflections in all sciences, most notably Shannon's Theorems on Information which measures the content of information in a signal.

For the purposes of the 'Little Notebook On How To Escape From This Universe', however, it is necessary to gain an _immediate_ (meaning: un-mediated) and intuitive insight into this relativity of perception in general.

In terms of body functions it seems very clear: perceptions are bound to signals coming from the environment. If there are no signals, there can be no excitations of
receptor cells, for example in the retina of the eye, and there would be no perception of anything going on whatsoever.

But a 'signal' itself is a difference in the states or intensities of physical manifestations. The electronics as used in today's computers are based on the paradigm of 'plus' and 'minus' of electrical currents or potentials.

An empty battery produces neither power nor signal.

Again, it is the _difference_ in potentials, in other words: a differential, that makes things happening.

'Semper Flux', 'everything is flowing' - but it is flowing because there is a difference of potentials, whether the observable result is the water in a river heading towards the ocean or some junk-mail winding up in one's e-mailbox.

In the grand sum of everything, there is, of course, a zero-sum balance: everything in the Universe is adding up to Zero and Zero is another name for Infinity.

From an individual perspective, however, there are local differentials, depending on the focus of the observer.

Therefore, even though there is a cosmic balance, there are still individual imbalances.

Creating a balance from an individual perspective can be seen as another viewpoint on the liberation of a Being.

'Processing' can be seen as a method to undo or to level out existing imbalances that are present in a personality.

In this sense, Japan's and China's martial arts approaches such as Ken Do or Kung Fu, to name just two out of many, can be seen as striving for a balance of a person starting out with body movements instead of mental-only processes.

In the same direction are pointing some modern technologies such as the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method which are attempting to optimize the balance of the posture and basic movements of the human body itself.

In a sense there is no 'creation' of balances but only an 'uncreation' of existing imbalances. 'Case' has been created by a Being in the first place. Originally just
to have some interesting experiences. Down the road, the Being became victim of the imbalances that it used to bring about creations.

A balanced environment results in an absence of signals.

To some, absence of signals means 'heavenly peace', to others 'no game - no fun'.

In either case, there shouldn't be cause for complaints.

A Being has the option to bring about a balance of its emanations - an action which eliminates any unwanted signals in the process.

Someone who likes games should consider that excitement is relative to suffering. Neither one can exist without the other and the potential intensity of pleasure correlates directly to the potential intensity of pain.

Increasing the stakes in the game means exposure to the risks of painful experiences. If this wouldn't be part of the game, the game itself would be of no interest in the
first place.

Decreasing the stakes in the game to the point of cashing in one's chips is the way out of this Universe.

Whichever route a person is taking through this maze is ultimately depending on the Being that created the personality as a means of experiencing something.

If one is heading for the exit, one can point out the direction one is going. Attempting to impose a 'salvation' onto others, is violating the non-interference rule of love and free will. This not only doesn't bring about any results other than an opposing reaction, it would also put the brakes on one's own course as well.

In any case, it is of vital importance to be aware of one's options.

Copyleft © 1998 by Maximilian J. Sandor, Ph.D.