Summary reminder about this guide.
Our world view is shaped by and reflected in our use of symbols. The human ego can easily generate very subtle and sophisticated rationales for any use of a symbol. This guide employs psychoanalysis founded in the principles of physics that enables us to transcend the ingenious deceits and trickery of the ego.
True hope resides in symbol use that embraces change/stewardship.
Delusive hope resides in symbol use that denies change/stewardship.
The physics of the universe is characterized by continuous, vast transformation i.e. change. Any form exists only for the moments that unique balances in the flows of energy are sustained. These flows and balances can be understood from a thermal or “heat” point of view.
The psychology of human beings is characterized by continual denial of the universal change. This is because the ego is born of the division of the psyche with the arising of self-awareness. Our worldview tends to become fractured into that which is the self and that which is everything else. The ego thus simultaneously tends to abhor reminders of both our universal interconnection and our mortality i.e. the finite nature of all forms.
The nature of warming and cooling
The origins of the warm, cool, heat and thermal symbols all arise from our intimate experience of changes in our weather climate and maybe fire. See their etymology below.
The action of universe(s) can usefully be characterized as a thermal or heat flux. It is thermodynamic i.e. thermal changes continuously occur. An explanation for this continuous thermal action is that “nature abhors a vacuum“. A vacuum can be defined as a region of least energy. ( No region in the universe(s) is completely devoid of energy.)
Energy continuously flows from regions with the greatest energy to those with the least energy, thus altering the nature of each region.
In other words, energy flows from hotter regions to colder regions. It never flows from colder to hotter regions. Our experience of weather changes might make this seem counter intuitive. That is because we fail to notice the cooling-down effect as hotter air rises. We are only aware of cooler breeze arriving to fill the vacuum created.
Put simply, things happen when balances arise between heating and cooling. Things cease to happen when the balances cease. Or if you like, every form arises from a unique balance of warming and cooling. It passes when that unique balance ceases. That form might be an atom, a human, the Earth or our solar system.
True Hope: All things exist in the universal interchange and are thus continually warming and cooling .
Comment: No change of temperature occurs when the rate of warming is the same as the rate of cooling i.e. a thermal balance exists. A change of temperature occurs when the rate of warming is not the same as the rate of cooling i.e. the thermal balance ceases to exist.
Delusive Hope: Warming is warming-up i.e. warming involves a thermal imbalance and change of temperature.
Comment: The ego is well capable of generating such delusional nonsense, even in the most sophisticated, highly educated people. However at a subliminal level we sense the dissonance in the message and doubt the veracity of the speaker or writer. This has important implications, for instance, for communicating how to be careful of Earth’s climate. This is because the truth of our lifestyle is always reflected in our use of language. Any dissonance between what we know is true and what we do is manifest in confusing uses of symbols.
The driver of this phenomenon is the ego’s tendency to deny our mortality. We are each thermal beings and we only exist while our thermal balance is sustained. Our warming-up or cooling-down result in a change of state in which our human form ceases. By equating unchanging and changing temperature the ego obscures reality and tend to adopt delusive behaviour. This is seen clearly in our common confusion of global warming and global warming-up.
True Hope: All things exist in the universal change and are thus continually warming and cooling .
Comment: No change of temperature occurs when the rate of warming is the same as the rate of cooling i.e. a thermal balance exists. A change of temperature occurs when the rate of warming is not the same as the rate of cooling i,e. a thermal imbalance exists.
Delusive Hope: Cooling is cooling down i.e. cooling involves a thermal imbalance and change of temperature.
Comment: The ego is well capable of generating such delusional nonsense, even in the most sophisticated, highly educated people. However at a subliminal level we sense the dissonance in the message and doubt the veracity of the speaker or writer.
This also has important implications, for instance, for communicating how to be careful of Earth’s climate.
You can enjoy a cartoon panel discussing our use and abuse of the “warming” symbol in climate discourse at Energy?! Chapter five The Ego and Global Warming
warm (adj.) Old English wearm “warm,” from Proto-Germanic *warmaz (cognates: Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German warm, Old Norse varmr, Gothic warmjan “to warm”), of uncertain origin. On one guess it is from PIE *gwher- (cognates: Sanskrit gharmah “heat;” Old Persian Garmapada-, name of the fourth month, corresponding to June/July, from garma- “heat;” Armenian jerm “warm;” Greek thermos “warm;” Latin formus “warm,” fornax “oven;” Old Irish fogeir “heated;” Hittite war- “to burn”). On another guess it is connected to the source of Old Church Slavonic goriti “to burn,” varŭ “heat,” variti “to cook, boil;” and Lithuanian vérdu “to seethe.”
heat (n.) Old English hætu, hæto “heat, warmth; fervor ardor,” from Proto-Germanic *haita- “heat” (cognates: Old Saxon hittia, Old Norse hiti, Old Frisian hete, German hitze “heat,” Gothic heito “fever”), from PIE *kaid-, from root *kai- “heat.” The same root is the source of Old English hat “hot” and hæða “hot weather” (see hot).
thermal (adj.) from Greek therme “heat, feverish heat,” from PIE *gwher- “to heat, warm” (cognates: Latin fornax “an oven, kiln,” formus “warm,” Old English wearm; see warm (adj.)). Sense of “having to do with heat” is first recorded 1837.
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