Transition Part Three
In this part of my painting I have attempted to portray current ideas in mathematics and science. One these ideas I have discussed is about particle physics and the current experiments using the Hadron Collider. Early science looked for the answers in the skies, when scientists sort to answer important questions about existence and the workings of the universe. Now scientists are looking deep inside matter, in order to find these answers. This reflects the concept that the answers we seek are inside us and cannot be found outside ourselves. As time has gone by, we are realising that the mind and the body are one. Therefore we must take care of the body if we want to protect our mental health and we must take care of the mind if we want to protect our physical health.
The idea about smashing particles together, illustrates that in order to have creation we must also have destruction. This is echoed in our entire eco system and is evident in systems such as the food chain, permaculture, the rock cycle, etc. All things which die are therefore reborn into something new. When we fear our own death, we do not fear that we will cease to exist, but instead that our ego will cease to exist and that the change we will undergo is mainly an unknown one, because we will cease to have a brain to report this information about change back to our loved ones. This example illustrates that our fears, about death, arise from the emotional attachments we form when we are alive, rather than from what form we will take after death. We worry about what will happen to our loved ones when we die. We also all realize that life is short and worry about whether we have lived it to our full potential. If we are so worried about these things, we must make sure that our loved ones can survive with out us and that we have used every second of our lives in a useful satisfying way. We must not waste our lives and have regrets in old age. The paradox is that our fear of life and death often stops us from living the life we want. Thus it is really important that we stop and reevaluate our path in a courageous way.
Part of Chaos Theory in mathematics states that there is a ‘sensitive dependence on initial conditions’, meaning that small actions taken now, whether good or bad, will grow and magnify in the future. Therefore every action we take now will have an effect in some way in the future. We need to make sure that these actions are positive ones, so we can create a positive world healthy world. I have illustrated this in my painting with a butterfly standing on the tip of a flower and the flower opening a pattern out into the universal sky. When painting it I noticed that the more accurate my measurements were at the start of the pattern, the easier it was to make the pattern repeat across the surface, illustrating that the sooner we get things right, the easier they are to deal with in the long term. An example of this is how we bring up our children. If we find good methods of child rearing from when our children are young, then we can predict that we will have far fewer difficulties with them as they grow. The older a child gets, the harder it becomes to overcome difficulties. Therefore our small actions early one produce huge results later.
The pattern in the sky was also inspired by Marcus Du Sautoy’s theories on mathematics, particularly about the connections of shapes in nature. These are complicated and amazing theories, which cannot be described here, but can be researched further on the web. These theories show how all things in nature are connected as one and give explanations of how this works and why.
To conclude in order to understand love (the state that all of us want), we must also understand fear. By looking at opposites and how they react with each other, we can have a greater understanding of our world and every part of it.