A resource is anything by which an entity/system (E/S) is re-sourced, or sourced again.
Reserves are amassed resources, available for the future needs of an E/S.
A stressor is anything that depletes the reserves and resourcefulness of an E/S.
A risk is anything that causes an E/S to incur the chance of unfortunate consequences. A risk could have a positive outcome; however, the effects of it are unknown at the time of exposure, so it is most likely avoided.
Immediate needs require resources for survival and structural maintenance. Longer-range goals include resources to enhance capacities and for growth.
Growth and maintenance strategies are triggered by both internal and external environments, the inside- and outside-spaces of the E/S.
Inside and Outside Spaces is the topic of the next chapter.
We receive resources by employing Pull. Span is an automatic response to the reception/Pull of resources. We inhale/Pull and our diaphragm extends/Spans. We eat/Pull and our belly expands/Spans.
We can think of Span as outward Push, or an outwardly directed exSPANsion. The radial Span (r) of any given E/S determines its overall surface area (pi x r²) and volume (4/3 pi x r³).
Our boundaries are naturally exSPANded when resources are plentiful. When we perceive no cautionary alerts from either the internal or external environments, we freely express our full Span.
The happy children and the fully-bloomed sunflower below are good examples of flourishing entities with enlarged radial Spans.
In a friendly environment we can be upstanding, outstanding, and sometimes we may even ‘stick our necks out’ on behalf of others.
To resist destruction is a powerful instinct. It is not only built into us humans, but it is demonstrated by animals and plants and even single-celled organisms. When threatened by uncertainty or by a perceived danger, an E/S may slump, recoil or shrink inwardly to contract its size.
An inward Spin contracts the radius of the E/S, reduces its surface exposure and compresses its volume, as demonstrated by the centipede shown below. Vulnerable meerkats huddle together to minimize their collective surface exposure.
The attempt to minimize boundary exposure may be achieved briefly but the efforts to restrain our Span and close our boundaries would rapidly diminish our reserves. This effort must soon be offset by an acquisition of resources; in other words, the little critters must eventually stretch out in search of food.
What are the baby birds below doing? Think carefully; this is a trick question.
What looks like an outward Span is actually an inward Spin. The boundary must open for a Pull to be receptive; obtaining food means resources have to come through the boundary before they can be Pulled down the gullet.
Blocking entrance at our boundary is an action taken to insure security through maintenance of structure. Opening a boundary to influx is for replenishment of resources, expanded capabilities and growth of girth/strength/fortitude.
The boundary must Spin open to receive an influx of resources, but it must also Spin open in order to repel unwelcome intrusions and to allow for efflux of excess/waste.
Pressure gradients cause the opposing Spins to oscillate, just like the high and low pressure weather systems described in the previous chapter Spin and Span in Weather Systems. High pressure areas are attracted to low pressure areas. High potential energies move to reduce potential and release energy/light in the process.
The direction of Spin, clockwise or counter-clockwise, indicates whether it is for Pulling inward or for Pushing outward.
Clockwise Spin (CWS) Pulls centripetally (opening the boundary inwardly):
- Spin acquires resources through CWS and by the Pull of low pressurization of the inside-space.
Counter-clockwise Spin (CCWS) Pushes centrifugally (opening the boundary outwardly).
- Spin expels waste through CCWS and by the Push of high pressurization of the inside-space.
Tao te Ching:
High and low rest upon each other.
When there is no gradient (no difference in relative pressures between inside- and outside-spaces) the E/S maintains equilibrium by keeping its boundary in the default position, closed. When we Rest from our daily actions we lock our doors before bed.
Spin Indicates Agency
Spin is a causal act initiated by a Subject with agency. The intension (spelled with an ‘s’) of Spin indicates intention (spelled with a ‘t’) of agency. Spin demonstrates that an E/S has the intention to survive and the capacity to bear intension if necessary.
Growth in girth may be limited by releasing lower-level resources when acquiring higher-level resources; this is our metabolic process at work. Our brains use about 300 units of energy (calories) every day, effectively offsetting some measure of growth in size, in exchange for improving efficiency and enhancing capacities.
Intension, or inward Spin, is a counter-measure to outward extension, or Span. As the skater below Pulls her arms inward to reduce her Span radius, she stabilized. The constraint of Span concentrates energy at the center, or core.
Intension is a counter-measure to extension and it is driven by the intention to persist. When threatened, we subject ourselves to a violent inversion of our natural extensiveness, becoming more inhibited. The phrases, “waiting to exhale” and “being uptight”, refer to this anxiety-driven ‘hybernation’, intended to conserve whatever resources are left until conditions hopefully improve. The threat does not have to be acute; a low-grade chronic stress extracts the same toll.
Excess Span must always escape restraint.
When we release our willful withholding of hope, anxiousness or frustration, we may laugh, cry, or even scream with relief.
At the awards ceremony for Black Entertainment Television (BET), the winning co-stars from the movie Waiting to Exhale demonstrate shock, happiness and even tears, as each releases tension in her own way.
Non-Physical Risks and Resources
Resources are not limited to things like air, water and food. Relatively speaking, healthy people eat, drink, breathe and rest in response to signals triggered by the body to help that person maintain physical homeostasis; whereas, triggers that would help us moderate the intake of data are sometimes less heeded.
We can reject physical resources at our boundaries, but it is more difficult to reject data that comes from everywhere in the environment. For instance, most of us are bathed in man-made radiation, as well a toxic soup, and we seldom take notice of either. Because these conditions are relatively new risks for us, humans have not yet evolved sensory triggers to warn of their dangers. Our toxic overload may be recognized only after a critical point is reached, when it is quite difficult to reverse the cumulative damage.
Data overload is another kind of stressor. A ceaseless flow of omnipresent data from our environment seeps into our unguarded consciousness. Vast volumes of data are processed by every part of our bodies, from cells to systems, mostly without even the slightest sensation. If any of the processed data warrants action by the collective organism, signals from the nether regions of the subconscious arise as urges, cravings, symptoms, intuitions, etc. Otherwise, information processing drones on as background noise, where subliminally it may deleteriously influence the manners with which we cope, cooperate and create.
God and the New Physics, by Paul Davies, page 107:
The wave aspect corresponds to software, or mind, or information, for the quantum wave is not like any other sort of wave anybody has ever encountered. It is not a wave of any substance or physical stuff, but a wave of knowledge or information. It is a wave that tells us what can be known about the atom, not a wave of the atom itself. Nobody is suggesting that an atom can ever spread itself around as an undulation. But what can spread itself around is what an observer can know about the atom. We are all familiar with crime waves; not waves of any substance but waves of probability. Where the crime wave is most intense, there is the greatest likelihood of a felony.
And on pg. 112:
[A] wave … encodes the information (software) about what an observer is likely to find the particle [hardware] doing when he observes it.
The wave (not the particle), “can spread itself around”. The wave is “what an observer can know about the atom”. The wave “encodes” the probability of what a particle will be doing when observed.
This wave is what Quadernity calls the INformative aspect of something not yet singled-out in space-time.
Waves of knowledge and streams of serial data points are not physically present somewhere in space, yet they have real effects. As sub-empirical data they can be ignored as background noise, even as they subliminally influence — for better or worse — the ways we cope, cooperate and create.
In 1961 [Rolf] Landauer succeeded in locating the precise point in any computation in which energy is converted to heat and carried away as waste. In sharp contrast to received wisdom, he found that the manipulation and transmission of a bit of information does not necessarily entail dissipation of energy, or, as a computer designer might put it, a thermodynamic cost. His discovery has since been called Landauer’s Principle: the only step that involves an unavoidable expenditure of an atom of waste is the destruction of a bit of information by erasure or by the resetting of a register. For example, if a computer stores a 3 somewhere, and adds a 5 to it, these two digits will be erased and an 8 put in the place of the original 3. If an infinite memory were available, and you never had to clear a file to make room for new information, the computer could operate at zero cost; but a finite memory, or a finite magnetic tape, has to be erased before the next computation can commence. The energy wasted in that seemingly innocuous cleaning operation is the cost of forgetting.
Retaining, redirecting or curtailing the flow is costly.
If we give someone a biscuit, we will have one less biscuit; however, if we tell someone a story, we do not lose the story. The story is duplicated and remains with us, as it will with the one we told. Although we can misfile a memory making it hard to retrieve, forgetting something on purpose is nearly impossible.
What costs us (all who have limited storage capacity) is the compression of data, which requires that we forget an entire multiplex of sensory stimulations and in their place store only the meaning we personally deem worthy of recall.
Information flows freely. Going with the flow is free. It is the meaning we make of data that makes it risky or resourceful.
It is a false assumption that, as a general rule, we will better survive if we recoil our boundaries* to resist what is unknown.
*Currently, spring of 2019, a debate rages about whether it makes sense to “build a wall” at the border between U.S. and Mexico.
Behaviors that withhold/contract/confine/constrain deplete essential resources. Such efforts are stressors in the short run; however, if persistently practiced or automated, the efforts made on behalf of self-preservation will ironically lead instead to self-destruction.
The struggle against the way it is is a futile comedy of errors. Eventually, we shall have to let go and allow ourselves to extend into all that is. This is what is meant by “The Truth will set you free.”