Coupled Harmonics - resonance creates life
While writing my paper The Ecstasy of Yang, I realised the extent to which harmony and resonance are crucial to life. Indeed I see harmony as the thing that is most attractive to us, the thing we call ‘beauty’ or the X-factor, while resonance is the key to transmitting a message. To be heard, a message needs to resonate… that’s what I understand by the idea of something going viral.
I was watching a documentary on National Geographic channel the other night. It was about the crash of Partnair Flight 394… which was apparently caused by what physicists call ‘coupled harmonics’ … two different wave actions, acting in different directions, suddenly resonating and ‘going viral’ taking on a life of their own… the resonating waves feed off each other causing each to increase the amplitude of the other. The collapse of the ‘Tacoma Narrows bridge’ was also the result of coupled harmonics. Two ‘catastrophes’ caused by the same thing… resonance … resonating waves taking on a life of their own.
The next documentary on the same night was about the search for a new earth… a planet somewhere in space that is able to sustain life. The scientists were talking about the basic things that were necessary to support life eg. water and being located within the ‘goldilocks distance’ from a star (not too close and not too far). Unfortunately, all the planets they found didn’t spin on their axis. One side faced the sun/ star and the other side was forever in darkness. Any creature would experience only heat or cold, only day or night.
I think a fundamental driver of life on earth is its rhythm… day/ night and hot/ cold… the cycles from one state to another. The earth spinning gives us one wave action that generates hot-cold and light-dark dualities. The earth tilting gives us a second wave action that resonates in harmony … it also gives us hot–cold changes as well as variations in level of light through the seasons.
My feeling is that these rhythms are what created life on earth. Coupled harmonics acting on water in the sea caused some inanimate molecules to replicate or divide… to resonate and take on a life of their own… the beginning of life.
To speak to the whole human population, to share an idea, requires that we relate in a way that is common to everyone… harmony is fundamental or central to human nature…. indeed it is central to nature.
I believe that there are two resonating waves, messages that are growing in amplitude, the ‘environmental crisis’ and ‘inequality/ social crisis’ in our societies.
If both tunes continue to be played and then they start feeding off each other, they will start to resonate …. and a new way of living will be created.