Where do we really come from?

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I have been thinking about writing another book comparing the birth of the universe with the fundamentals of quantum mechanics and the works of some of the earliest mystical scholars.
One of the writers I like in particular is Isaac Luria  Ashkenazi 1534– 1572. He is known as the Lion of the Kabbalah.  He actually wrote very little, but he had a large following who documented his works.
Luria was renowned as a mystic and poet, but he was really an early scientist with strong empirical methods of question and exploration.   Luria was born in Jerusalem and is buried at Safed in Israel.  I was hoping to visit his grave this year on my visit to Israel, but the journey has been put aside due to the global pandemic.
 Safed is an interesting place, known for its history rooted in the Kabbalah. There are many Kabbalah artists and scholars living there today.
Luria teaches that, at the beginning of everything, the whole of existence was a simple kind of light, which he called the light of Ein-Sof, the word means infinite.  Luria believed there was no way of understanding this light, it was not meant to be comprehended.
Light, as we know is usually construed to mean optical electromagnetic radiation, a force made up of protons with wavelengths that make some of them visible to the human eye.
We know that physical particles can be classified according to their nature to segregate (the fermions) or to aggregate (the bosons). They can also be classified according to their function as being either of material substances or the carriers of forces. There are other ways of grouping particles as well, but I will leave that for another time.
What we can see in terms of electromagnetism is very little, most of it is hidden.   Nonetheless, the ancient writers and mystics saw something intrinsically relevant about the source of light.
The Hebrew word for light is ohr, each of these letters has a numeric value and a specific mystical meaning. When we add-up all of these elements, what is  formed is a story. Indeed, it is the story of Creation, but it is not a straight- forward account.
 The story has been widely spread and revealed to an elite number of mystics and hidden from the general population for centuries.  Also, while the story is about something simple, light; it is not a simple story. It is a Divine story. It has religious and ritualistic connotations.
We can only speculate on the first source of light, but some theories have been profound and convincing. I believe we are sitting upon the precipice of a major discovery in relation to who we are and where we originate from.
There has never been a more desperate time for a sense of belonging and I feel we have misunderstood the core meaning of what it is to belong.
There is a huge puzzle of fragments to be put together and already a thousand years of literature written by people who have tried to find a deeper meaning to the concept of Divine light.
The term for the creative Divine light is Sefirot, which derives from the Hebrew word enumeration or declare. Together with the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet and the ten Sefirot, thirty-two paths were created, by which the world was said to be made. (Thirty-two has always been a special number for me and I have never really known why).
  The interesting question is this,  can it be said that this number is evocative of roughly twenty-nine elementary particles? Keeping in mind, we don’t know all there is to know about particles.
In The Bahir, the sefirot are explicitly referred to as forces. It asks, what is the hidden force? According to the Sefer Yetzirah the sefirot are also the origin of the substance of the cosmos. The sefirot permeate the universe and sustain it.  By comparing texts we start to get into the universal symmetry and how it relates to us as humans.
I think there is much to be learned from the symmetry.
Symmetry determines how some particles exhibit their properties of charge and mass. It applies not just to particles, but to forces as well. Symmetry governs the universe and it governs our lives as individuals. We see symmetry at work in our societies as well as in nature. We see symmetry in the workings of our brains and other bodily organs.
Much has been written on this topic, but little has been compared to how we function as a society, or where we might locate consciousness.  Jung came close to advocating for a universal consciousness, but he took the mystical path rather than an empirical one. We now have more knowledge to examine and evaluate.
I believe we have reached a point in our societies, and in science, where we need  to think about these questions and issues differently. In the sciences (and elsewhere) we have always taken the anthropocentric view.  Perhaps we need to reverse our starting point, with God and/or the universe as the initial point of reference.  It makes sense, doesn’t it?  It makes sense to me.

Israel’s Plans to Annex parts of the West Bank.

                                                      Map of West Bank Settlements.

Why does it feel as though powerful governments of the world are pushing historical enemies into direct  confrontation with one another?   Why?   Why now?  There are several flash points around the world, a major one being Israel.

The Six-Day War that took place between June 5th and June 10th, 1967  was viewed by the  Israelis as a preventative measure to counter what the Israelis saw as an impending attack by Arab nations that surrounded Israel. The war took place against Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Israel won and gained additional territory, the West Bank of the River Jordan, which is bounded by Israel to the north, west and south. To its east lies Jordan.

Following the war, Israel and Palestine have been in a conflict that could impact the entire world if it escalates.

Since the Six Day War  Israel’s occupation of the West Bank has been a partial cause  of ongoing battles across borders  between the Palestinian Arabs  and the Jews, with much of the western world siding with the Palestinians.

There was a time when Israel drew some sympathy from the west when Israel was under constant attack; but the sympathy has waned.   Today, Israel is demonized. This is largely due to the contempt Israel has demonstrated for its lack of administering basic Human Rights to Palestinians, which are afforded under International Law.  The Israeli government has become a law unto itself.   Not wishing to concede Palestine’s demands is one thing, but practicing unnecessary brutality against Palestinian citizens has brought Israel into disrepute.

Israel has a dire need to protect its people, but the Israeli government has without a doubt set neighbour against neighbour.   Israel has the military advantage so Israel will always carry the blame for being unfair,  while both sides are to blame for the ongoing hostilities.  The conflict is bitter and neither side will concede. As time moves on the problems appear intractable, but now Israel wants to exacerbate the situation?

Israel wants to annex parts of the West Bank, which would give Israel sovereignty over the territory.   Under International Law such a move is illegal. The last place to be annexed was Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014.

Israel is surrounded by enemies and the West Bank would certainly give Israel a strategic military advantage.  The Palestinians have said many times publically, that they want to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.

Israel’s nuclear capability  is said to act as a deterrent, but such whims have always ended badly.

Israel won the West Bank during the Six Day War and they have taken possession with gusto.  The government has subsequently built settlements on the land.  Israel naturally wants to protect its citizens, especially those on the borders where people are particularly vulnerable to ongoing attacks, but it also makes historical claims to the land, which call into question, how far a nation can stretch its religious and ancestral prowess and at what cost. The Jewish people have survived by keeping faith with their ancestry and religious practices.   There are many fears associated with letting go and moving forward into a more homogeneous society.   The birth rate among the Palestinians is much higher than that of the Israeli’s, this poses a serious threat to Jewish survival.

While much of the world opposes the annexation, including the United Nations, the US President Donald Trump is giving his support to it.


After Donald Trump’s election to office, he decided to get up close to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and show himself to be a President who is a friend of Israel, but what sort of friend rides roughshod over neighbouring states to the extent that it would destabilize the whole region? I believe there is more to Donald Trumps’ offer of friendship than meets the eye. Trump deals in finances, not care for peoples’ lives.

Donald Trump took it upon himself to draft a peace plan, since many had failed before.   There was nothing remarkably new about Trump’s plan, which included the annexation.  (The plan was rejected by the Palestinians). Without doubt, Trump’s plan has pushed the annexation forward.

Between 2.1 million and 3 million (sources vary) Palestinian Arabs live in the West Bank under both limited self-rule and Israeli military rule.

The West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem) is also home to some 430,000 Israeli Jews who live in 132 settlements (and 124 smaller outposts) built during Israel’s occupation.

The vast majority of the western world consider the settlements to be illegal under International Law, but Israel and the Trump administration have their own interpretation of the Law.

The parts of the West Bank which contain Jewish settlements are planned for annexation as well as most of the land along the West Bank’s boundary with Jordan, known as the Jordan Valley. The move is highly provocative and could end in disaster for Jews and Palestinians alike.

Israel will undoubtedly be looking to build more settlements and the annexation will make the process easier, since Israel will have sole control of the area, but where will it leave the people who have to live there?  Already, Jews are under constant fire from the other side of the borders. Annexation is bound to make it worse. Added to this, it will undermine any future peace talks or hope of a more stabilized and cooperative future, for Palestinians and Jews in the region.

If this annexation takes place it will concretize and legitimize the rule of despotic leaders, east and west.  These are never one-off situations, they shed their bravado far and wide.