A Complex Universe of Remarkable Simplicity
4 - Hierarchy
Eternism calls consciousness the ability of every Eternon to use the information memorized during its cosmic experiences. For some Eternons, consciousness is hardly noticeable. For others, it sums up billions of years in ever more intricate structures. All possible levels of consciousness are found in between.
Although the number of Eternons within the simplest structure is immense, there is always a single Eternon with the highest level of consciousness. It is the Leading Eternon, the one responsible for the coming together and for the harmony of the entire structure.
Just as there is a Leading Eternon for each structure, there is one for each substructure, and also one for each group of structures. For instance, Eternons gather into particles, the Leading Eternons of these particles join to form atoms, then the Leading Eternons of these atoms assemble into more complex compounds, and so forth.
As complexity increases, the number of similar structures diminishes. Our body contains innumerable atoms, trillions of cells, but only six hundred muscles, two hundred bones and a mere one hundred organs, including a single brain. Thus the number of advanced Leading Eternons are few compared to the number of simpler Eternons that make up the whole universe.
An aggregate should not be confused with a structure. An aggregate is a large gathering of Eternons, all with the same elementary consciousness. We would not find a high level Leading Eternon in a cloud, a glass of wine, or a block of steel. This type of aggregate has no hierarchy and can be divided into many parts which remain fully viable. On the other hand, a molecule, a cell, a flower, a bird, a human, will not survive such divisions. Each is a hierarchy of differentiated Eternons. Each has a single Leading Eternon who represents the overall consciousness of the whole hierarchy.
We humans are accustomed to hierarchies where consciousness is of little importance. Many segments of our society tend to be organized according to strength or wealth. But, as prophets and sages have argued, fundamental values have nothing to do with power and riches. Eternons look beyond their short-lived incarnations as humans and seek everlasting enlightenment. Theirs, is a hierarchy of spirituality and nearness to the Absolute.
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