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Man and Nature Unified

Man and Nature Unified

According to a commonly held idea, ancient cultures saw a unified creation, while we moderns look on a fragmented and divided world. The decline of faith has been blamed for this, as has the absence of myth, traditions, and social bonding. But I believe the opposite is true: The ancient way of understanding could barely explain a sliver of all the phenomena in nature, while physics today is on the verge of a “theory of everything.”

The eminent physicist John Wheeler makes a crucial point when he says that before Einstein, human beings thought that they were looking at nature “out there,” as if through a plateglass window, trying to figure out what external reality was doing.

Thanks to Einstein, we realize that we are embedded in nature; the observer changes reality by the very act of observation. Therefore, despite a widespread feeling of psychological alienation (the result of technology’s outstripping our ability to keep meaning alive), the duality of man and nature is shrinking with each successive generation.

Nature loves efficiency, which is very odd for something supposedly working at random. When you drop a ball, it falls straight down without taking unexpected detours. This expenditure of least energy, also called the the law of least effort, covers human beings, too. Cause and effect aren’t just linked; they are linked in the most efficient way possible.

This argument also applies to personal growth–the idea that everyone is doing the best he or she can from his or her own level of consciousness.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.


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1:04AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Thank you :-)

4:59AM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Thanks :)

11:11AM PST on Nov 21, 2012


8:12AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thank you for the article.

6:33PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012


5:10AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Would that this were true!
Not saying it isn't - but I don't see evidence of it yet but now that you've brought attention to the possibility, maybe I can. Thanks for the hope, Dr. Chopra.

7:28AM PST on Mar 10, 2012


4:33AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

We need to understand how important a part we play in the balance of nature.

1:13AM PST on Mar 8, 2012


1:01AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Thank you for the comments by Yvett T., Eddie C, and Ice B. All very insightful.

"Thanks to Einstein, we realize that we are embedded in nature" Unfortunately, a very small percentage of the population acts as if they live by that statement.

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