3. ~SOUNDINGS~: PART 1 – The Essentials | 3rd Essay – Processes
by Frank L. Jordan III
Dissected Lithops plant (site of photosynthesis); photo courtesy of yellowcloud
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Just as the natural elements,
comprising a manifestation of God,
are indispensably what they are,
so too are many of the phenomena, laws,
and processes surrounding the elements.
Once life came into existence
many of these processes began.
One of the first to begin was the process of respiration,
which at present is the absorption of oxygen
and the releasing of carbon dioxide by an organism.
On the cellular level, this oxygen is burned
with various foods to give living cells energy.
Another such process—found in plants, most algae,
and many forms of bacteria—is photosynthesis,
which is when these species use energy from sunlight
to convert carbon dioxide and water into their own food.
Photosynthesis is a process that also causes oxygen
to be released from these organisms,
a supply of oxygen that is absolutely necessary
for them—as well as humans and lower animals—
to engage in the life-sustaining process of respiration.
Also essential for lower animals and humans to thrive
is the food stored in many plants and algae,
for it is with these plants and algae that the food
lower animals and humans use originates.
It is the consumption of organic nutrients
such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins,
and of inorganic nutrients such as water and minerals,
that makes up a third process
surrounding the existence of life—
a process that must be what it is.
It is through the digestion of such organic nutrients as food
that a type of fuel—first stored in plants and algae,
and then transferred through the food chain—
is supplied to the cells of a lower animal or human.
This fuel is oxidized, slowly burned,
releasing energy that the body uses
to perform every kind of motion,
internally as well as externally—
even the motions of thoughts,
the movements of feelings.
Did God, did Pure Love and Wisdom
(which is pure knowledge imbued with love)
freely create these life processes out of the blue?
The answer is—not exactly.
It’s possible that respiration, photosynthesis,
the consumption of all nutrients in general,
and the digestion of organic nutrients in particular,
are now, as they were in their beginnings,
indispensable phenomena deriving
from realities that life is built upon,
such as light, the elements, gravity, time,
and the laws that govern them—
realities that have to be what they are.
From the moment life came into being,
respiration had to take place,
nutrients had to be consumed and digested,
and photosynthesis had to occur—
once plants, algae, and bacteria came into existence.
The reality of life existing automatically gave birth
to the realities of the processes
that provide life with energy,
that maintain life and enable it to grow.
And all realities are found in God.
This outlook can be applied to a myriad of life processes.
The reality of sleep is an essential product
of a living organism.
Where there is life, there is rest
in the form of the sleep-state.
However, all sleep is not exactly the same.
The sleep of a butterfly is different from human dreaming,
but the difference is more one of degree than kind.
The sleep of humans must replenish
the complex human organism—
the simpler butterfly sleep, butterflies.
However, all sleeping—like eating or drinking or breathing—
has to be what it is.
And then there’s reproduction.
The differences in consumption and sleeping
cannot compare to the differences in reproduction.
How can the splitting of an amoeba
be compared to the procreation of a human—
beginning with sex between a man and woman,
and culminating with birth?
Both are acts of reproduction, but both are so different.
The sameness results from the fact
that both are living organisms.
The differences have to do with the fact
that both organisms are separated by evolution.
But generally speaking, reproduction must be what it is—
although some unique characteristics have developed
because of the needs of particular life forms.
Recapping on some ideas before moving on …
The origin of the universe
was a basic manifestation of God,
who is Pure Love.
As a result, early natural phenomena—
like light, the chemical elements, time,
and the laws that govern them—
were what they had to be,
realities deriving from God,
who is the Ultimate Reality.
This philosophical outlook is called derivism.
It is the nature of the elements to develop,
to become more complex.
This yearning to become more is met by God,
and life is born—through collaboration.
With the existence of life comes life processes
that are as indispensably what they are
as the realities of light, the natural elements,
and the laws under which they operate.
Some of these life processes are respiration, photosynthesis,
the consumption and digestion of nutrients, sleep,
With this in mind,
let’s move on to the development of all life
as we know it
within the natural universe.
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