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On Death

In the process of growth from conception, minute amounts of energy are dynamized by being maintained in the midst of larger amounts. The numerous automatisms formed over the years require very little energy to function smoothly and this by design and construction. The self therefore does not need much energy for itself, but does need the triggering amounts to set off other amounts which are appropriate in quantity and in form to cope with the challenges encountered. We are surrounded by systems of this kind in our universe of experience. We know that pressing a button can make a huge elevator climb many floors, sometimes very quickly. Our personal expenditure of energy is minimal; that consumed by the elevator considerably larger. If the elevator were not connected to a source of energy which permitted it to counter gravity, inertia, and the difference in levels in its travel, there would certainly not be in the self enough energy to move the cabin. The self's function is to dip into the store of energy and use it for its ends. For that function a small amount of energy seems sufficient. The more evolved the self the smaller the amount needed for the predilection functions to go on. So the initial quantum — residing in the egg and possibly of a magnitude just sufficient to operate the few subdivisions of the cell till it implants itself on the wall of the uterus of the mother — will not need to be larger, so long as the environment provides the energy supplies needed to perform all the processes that life requires. If these supplies fail, the needed energy will not be there, functions will be hampered, and the effect will be to produce either a stillbirth or a weakling. The stillborn child is a 28

On Death  

"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...

On Death  

"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...

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