Law of Growth

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GROWTH AS A SIGN OF LIFE

Among the primary laws of life is the Law of Growth. Growth is an inherent quality of every living entity and a sign that healthy life processes are present. Both individuals and societies are subject to the law of growth, as are all biological and social organisms. No living entity is exempt from the law of growth. Where growth is observed, life exists. Where no growth takes place—or where the opposite of growth, i.e., decline or decay, is present—life itself is in danger or has already ceased to exist. Growth and life are mutually interdependent: life creates growth and growth maintains life.

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While the principles of life and growth are clearly observed and understood in the biological sciences, their operation in sociological entities (such as the family; economic, educational, religious, and political institutions; and society as a whole) is not fully appreciated or understood.

In plants and animals, the course and limits of growth are predetermined, whereas in human beings, growth is determined in great part by our choices. Human beings are not only subject to biological growth but also experience intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual growth. As human growth is as much qualitative as it is quantitative, we may also refer to it by the term “development.”
We hope you enjoyed this brief look into the law of growth. Please join us again when we discuss different dimensions of human development.

Definitions

Growth describes predetermined quantitative and qualitative change, complexity, and expansion.
Development describes positive, primarily qualitative, change resulting from a process of maturation, enhancement, and specialization on the axis of consciousness.

What is growth? How do we promote growth in ourselves? What is the difference between growth and development?

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Law of Unity – Part Four

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Part 3 – Humanities Development Towards Unity

Humanity is moving into its stage of collective maturity. Here are some steps we have seen in humanity’s march towards true unity:

  • The successive creation of family, clan, tribe, state, and nation.
  • Our limited, but significant, unities in respect to issues of religion, race & culture.
  • In recent years we have achieved considerable unity of thought about the undeniable, but grievously ignored, fact that women are equal to men, and that peace and tranquility could not be achieved if women continue to be denied their rightful, equal place in the administration of human affairs.

There are other examples of unity in human history, but they are all limited unities and, as such, have limited results. They even may cause serious disunity. The primary requisite, which assures a permanent and stable unity, is the consciousness of the oneness of humanity.

Humanity has always been one.

However, our consciousness of this oneness has been greatly limited due to the self-centered and identity-based preoccupations of earlier stages of our development. It is only after childhood and adolescence that we gradually begin the see humanity as one and ourselves as an integral part of this oneness.

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Drawing by a student of an EFP elementary school in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The developmental perspective of unity removes one of the most difficult obstacles for its achievement: creating unity while safeguarding and nurturing the diversity that is an essential and undeniable fact of all that exists. In fact, various governments and societies are increasingly embracing the concept of unity in diversity. We will discuss the developmental concept of unity further in future posts.

What examples can you think of that demonstrate the oneness of humanity?

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Law of Unity – Part Three

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Part 3 – UNITY IN DIVERSITY

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Many people find the concept of unity to be surprising in both its simplicity and complexity. It is especially this latter quality, ‘complexity’, which makes unity such an enigma. While unity refers to a state of oneness, it also requires diversity and differences in order to exist.
The human body, with its various organs and systems, demonstrates the truth that unity only works if there is also diversity. We would not be human if we were each just one organ, such as a set of lungs or kidneys or a heart or a brain. Indeed, it is the presence of many different types of cells, organs, and systems that allows a human body to be alive and thrive. The more diverse the elements, the more advanced life becomes. Compare your body and that of an amoeba. The difference between the two is the degree of diversity and complexity of its component parts. Environmental sciences show us how important diversity is to maintaining life. Likewise, the more diverse a society, the greater are its challenges, but also the greater are its resources and sophistication.

Let’s review some examples together:

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Example 1: The Human Body

Organs of the body, working together, provide an example of a healthy living process or system. Imagine if the brain decided not to send out signals. All the organs and tissues, including the brain itself, would stop working. If the organs were to be in competition with each other, the result would not be a healthy system. All organs would be adversely affected, the system would break down, and death would be the ultimate result.

As in the body, we can see that human social systems: our families, communities, and societies are also composed of many individuals. Each person is unique, and when our unique thoughts, feelings, talents, and capabilities are brought together, we can accomplish great things. It is through the processes of cooperation and unity that science develops; new technologies are invented; equal, just, free, and prosperous societies are formed; and a civilization of peace is created.

 

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Example 2 : The Art of Cooking

Certain dietary substances such as vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, fatty acids, and minerals are essential nutrients necessary for the continuation of life. All people need them: on the biological level, humanity is one. In order to meet our biological needs, these nutritional components must be combined to produce a balanced diet.
At the same time, each cultural group has developed its culinary arts in a unique way, addingsocial and cultural meaning to the basic task of phsical nourishment. This remarkable diversity of approach to both the preparation and consumption of food adds an im
measurable degree of pleasure and meaning to the common act of eating, and makes this human activity one of the most potent examples of creating unity while celebrating diversity.

The concept of “unity in diversity” points to the fact that, at the core of our humanness, we share a common nature; as such, we are in reality “one.” It is also accurate to refer to the uniqueness of each of us. This is the concept of “diversity in unity” which refers to the process of sharing different views, characteristics, needs, and aspirations together as we pursue legitimate objectives within a united and just framework. These two definitions combined—“unity in diversity” and “diversity in unity”—encompass important aspects of the concept of unity.

True unity cannot be established through force, power, authoritarianism, or control.

Some societies have attempted to establish unity by sacrificing diversity and enforcing uniformity by trying to make everyone the same. Other societies have sacrificed unity in order to pursue the perceived benefits of individualism and group diversity. Experience shows that both of these approaches inevitably result in either oppression or chaos—conditions that ultimately result in disunity, conflict, and social breakdown. Greater than the mere tolerance of differences, true unity refers to a conscious desire for the type of richness in life that can only be provided by the unification of diversity into a single greater expression. Unity such as this promotes growth; secures individual and social health; and fosters creativity.

When we fully understand the principle of Unity is Life, Life is Unity, we then eliminate one of the most difficult obstacles to the achievement of peace. We comprehend that creating unity while safeguarding and nurturing the diversity is an essential and undeniable condition for all that exists. The concept of unity in diversity requires a full comprehension and acceptance of the fact that, at the very core of our humanity, we are one and the same, sharing a common nature. In other words, diversity is neither sameness nor preference, but uniqueness in the context of equal opportunities and variations of interest and accomplishment.

 

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Law of Unity- Part Two

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Part Two – UNITY IS LIFE, LIFE IS UNITY

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Unity is the precondition for all healthy lifeprocesses: physical, biochemical, biological, ecological, psychological, social, political, moral, or spiritual.  Without unity, life cannot exist.  Life is an extraordinary condition emerging from the coming together of two or more entities in a condition of unity.  Life is the outcome of unity and is sustained as long as the condition of unity is maintained. Expressed differently: unity is life and life is unity. This phenomenon is observed at all levels of existence and in all forms of life.

 

Definition:

Unity is the purposeful integration of two or more unique entities in a state of harmony and cooperation, resulting in the creation of a new, evolving entity, usually of a higher order.

The following are some examples of the principle of unity is life, life is unity:

 

biologicalOn the biological level, the sperm and ovum come together in the womb of a mother and, although very different, create a new life of much greater order once the single cells unite.

 

 

physicalOn the physical level, electrons and neutrons come together and create an atom, the basic unit of all material existence.

 

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In the human body, atoms, cells, organs, and systems function together in a unified whole in order for the body to live, grow, and remain healthy.

 

 

In the social realm, individuals and groups unite to form families, communities, and societies.

 

Whenever diverse components are brought together in a condition of unity, a new and higher state of life can emerge.  When the parts of our body function in a harmonized and unified manner, the body is alive and healthy. When our relationships are characterized by unity, our social systems (families, organizations, cities) thrive.  When our thoughts, feelings, and actions are unified with each other and are in harmony with universal ethical principles, we have inner peace. As long as unity is maintained, life continues. In contrast, whenever unity breaks down, so does life: conflicts appear, resulting in disorder and ultimately destruction.

Consider what happens to the human body when the unity and homeostasis maintaining the health of all the body’s systems are undermined? The body becomes sick; and if the illness remains untreated, the physical disunity may even threaten that person’s life.  Indeed, when we understand the importance of unity in maintaining life and health, we can readily recognize that the absence of unity is a common factor underlying all conflicts, illnesses, and general lack of progress.  This is a fundamental law of existence.

We hope you enjoyed our first look into the Law of Unity. Please join us next time where we will be discussing Unity in Diversity.

If unity is a law of life, why do we see so much conflict and turmoil in the world?

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Law of Unity – Part One

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Part 1 – Universal Laws Governing Human Life

This is the first part in a three part series examining the Law of Unity. In this blog, we will look at the following three questions;

What is a “law”?

What universal laws govern human life?

What happens if we ignore a law?

 There are many laws that apply to human life: some of these have been created by cultural or legal systems and differ from place to place, from society to society; others are universal laws, independent from any given culture, political system, or group, and applicable to all of humankind. A “law” can be defined as follows:

Law:

  • a statement that describes regular or patterned relationships among observable phenomena;
  • a general rule that states what always happens when the same conditions exist;
  • a principle of conduct binding or enforced by a controlling authority.

When in operation, laws are not subject to personal opinions. In other words, laws operate whether or not someone likes, believes in, or accepts the law. If we disregard laws, we must face the consequences that automatically follow.

There are two types of universal laws that govern human life: scientific laws and spiritual laws.

One of the scientific laws is the law of gravity. Imagine yourself with someone on a seven-story building, and someone says, “I don’t believe in the law of gravity. I am a big person and intelligent and free. I am not going to let a superstitious law that I have not seen dictate what I can do.” Yet, we all know that if this individual steps off the roof of that building out into the air, we might imagine the law of gravity immediately replying: “Hello sir, please come down and let me introduce myself!” It doesn’t matter whether one believes in the law of gravity or not: if it is disregarded, one will suffer the consequences. The only way to be free in regard to the law of gravity is to understand it and to use it properly. As our understanding of the law of gravity improved, we learned to dive, to ski, and to fly! This was possible not because we tried to violate the law of gravity, but because we figured out its properties, obeyed it, and worked with it to our benefit.

There is also the category of spiritual laws. One of the most important of these laws is the counterpart to the law of gravity: that is, the law of love. The law of love operates in human life. If we go against it, we suffer its consequences. It does not matter who we are or how powerful we are, we are subject to it. When a person violates the law of love, what arises instead is rejection, hatred, destruction, violence, and war. When a person violates the attracting law of love, what arises instead is rejection. Just as with the law of gravity, the only way that we can be free in respect to the law of love is to learn how to love. And the more universal our love is, the more outstanding its outcome; whereas, the more limited our observance of the law of love, the more dangerous its outcome. An example of a limited love is when someone says, “I’m willing to kill others for the love of my family, group, religion, and country.” These are limited kinds of love. Therefore, the more limited that love is, the more destructive the outcome; and the more universal love is, the more creative the outcome will be.

The finest fruit of love is unity. LOVE is the force of UNITY.

How does interpersonal love transform into universal peace?

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