Irrational by default.
An idea inspired by an actual incident, the narrative of which is detailed here
While investigating the utility of stainless steel cookware, I became aware of an ongoing debate surrounding its safety. My findings yielded an assortment of perspectives. This obscurity deepened my fascination enticing me to delve even deeper into the subject, specifically issues relating to stainless steel itself… From the actual metals used to forge the various grades of this alloy, to its properties, applications and the potential health effects derived from exposure to it and its constituents. The latter aspect really captured my attention, particularly after I had encountered contradictory information concerning human exposure to stainless steel and metals in general. However, in this instance the disparities evoked a sense of concern, considering that the submissions emanate primarily from accredited health professionals – proponents of conventional and alternative medical disciplines. There appears to be consensus regarding the metabolism of dietary metals, (the minerals found naturally in food) they are deemed indispensable in human biochemistry. However, the ambivalence surrounding the safety of elemental metals (isolated metals (minerals) that are not naturally complexed in food) is justifiably disconcerting, since many of them are integrated in health and cosmetic products. The discord revolves around some of the following contentious issues : – the efficacy of synthetic vitamin and metal supplements (euphemistically referred to as mineral supplements); metals found in vaccines and other pharmaceuticals; metals leached from stainless steel surgical screws and other prosthetic implants; mercury and other metals leached from dental amalgam restorations; the tainting of food by metals released from cookware; the role of aluminum and transition metals in the etiology of Alzheimer’s Disease and autoimmune disorders, etc…These are all valid concerns that warrant clarity as at some level we are all affected by them. The Internet is rife with conflicting information around the functionality of metals in human biology and quite often no distinctions are recognised between dietary and isolated metals – a real dilemma for one who is in search for the truth around these issues. In this era of scientific awareness the stark divergent sentiments around the bio-science of elemental metals certainly prompts a sense of underlying disingenuousness and in some instances blatant wilful ignorance by stakeholders.
Nevertheless… from a broader perspective, contradictions are not exclusive to a specific realm of study, whether it’s the functionality of stainless steel cookware or the implications of metals in health; as with all contentious issues, they exist. It is a truth one generally assumes rational beings to be conscious of, effecting prudence in the authenticity and integrity of information espoused. However, since truth and rationality are both relative concepts, my prior assumption may seem idealistic…an assertion I suspect mainstream academia may differ with profusely, vociferously pontificating education as the remedy essential for rational discernment. In theory this concept seems viable but clearly our inability to coherently implement knowledge is an ever-present impediment, self-evidently there does not appear to be a predetermined correlation between attaining knowledge and the rational execution thereof. Education is undoubtedly essential, ideally though, innate perceptiveness should be its antecedent. I value education passionately but it is by no means a panacea for irrationalness. Unfortunately, in our current state, education has ironically empowered us with the expediency to execute our innate irrationalness with clinical proficiency. The anthropogenic destruction of our environment is but one consequence of man’s shortsighted indulgences which exemplifies my preceding assertion – the list I presented earlier alludes to some of its other effects. This brings about the questions… Why are we fundamentally irrational? In addition, is its manifestation inevitable?
The impression that humans are inherently irrational is an ancient perspective; it is an affliction, which has endured unabated throughout the ages, its current pervasiveness clearly bears testament to this truth. Consider the countless vile atrocities throughout history, from the first bloodshed in Genesis right up to this day’s latest incidence of senseless violence; this explicitly indicates the timelessness of man’s irrational nature. Possessing an intrinsic slant for irrationality is taint oblivious to many of its recipients. Although widespread, it is most often conspicuous with those driven by an unquenchable lust to dominate. Yet, we myopically endorse the milieu by electing them as leaders, a clear indictment on our rational prowess.
Clearly, the symptoms of irrationalness are undeniably omnipresent….Thus, given the context; it desperately precipitates a yearning to speculate on the existence of underlying factors inducing its manifestation. Traditionalist Church Fathers cite the biblical account of “the fall of man” as the birth and defining incident that seeded our penchant for sinning, according to them its manifestation has sprouted and flourished from one generation to the next. Essentially, the preceding account may have been a defining moment in the sense that it possibly depicts the first recognised sin…but committing a sin is merely an unfortunate symptom of an irrational mindset. This line of reasoning may lead one to infer that being irrational is not sinful per se; however, it certainly predisposes one to sin. It then seems rational to conclude that irrational inclinations are the primary precursor to all of our vices. Except, if my hypothesis is plausible there may yet be hope for all of us with irrational tendencies, in the knowledge that our irrationality may be the effect of entities that are not as sinister or arbitrary as were taught to believe, if irrationalness is indeed an effect then there must be factors inducing its inception. If it is genetic, then likewise there must have been causal factors along our lineage. There has to be tangible aspects embedded in our constitution, specific anomalous entities at a rudimentary level that are constricting our innate God-given perceptiveness. As irrational as it may appear, these entities do indeed exist and are as real and pernicious as the PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid – a synthetic chemical found in many products including non-stick coatings on cookware) found in the blood of most Americans and many others across the world. However, the entities I’m alluding to occur naturally and are ubiquitous – they are not viruses, bacteria or any type of microorganism, in fact they are not even alive, yet they indispensable for the sustenance of life… they are broadly known as elemental metals…and here I’m not referring to the dietary metals complexed naturally in food.
Please permit me to convey my rationale…Currently it is well known that elemental or transition metals, alternatively referred to as block-d elements or heavy metals impacts adversely on health, both physical and mental. We know that they are unstable elements that transfer their toxicity to living tissue through the formation of free radicals. Awareness abounds around the idea that transition metals as well as other metal elements contribute to the pathogenesis of a host of degenerative disorders, including autoimmune and neurodegenerative disorders. Yet, metals form the cornerstone of our technologically driven industrialised world. Its retrieval, processing and application in the manufacturing industry forms the backbone of economies. The fact that these deleterious elements systematically deplete us physiologically while simultaneously sustains us by the livelihoods that they provide is the mother of all paradoxes! A strong immune system in conjunction with a constitution thriving with antioxidants tend to neutralise potential threats, however these particular antagonists are insidious pathogens. Due to their pervasiveness, the onslaught is relentless … Ultimately they take their toll, unless of course we succumb due to some other misfortune. In our quest for minerals, we have inadvertently escalated the prevalence of toxic metal elements in our habitats, metals that were once chemically stable, innocuously bound to sulphur, carbonate or oxygen in the ore in which they occur naturally. After these metals have been extracted from the earth and purified the ensuing product loses its stability, particularly transition metals and it is this’ condition that affords them their distinguishable characteristics for which they are so valued. The refining process invariably creates massive quantities of pollutants, this’ collectively with all the other pollutants from industrial processes such as the emissions from fossil fuel combustion and agricultural effluent creates an extremely toxic environment. Metal toxins reach the cells of our bodies through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion. Once inside the body, their chemical nature catalyses the formation of free radicals, which in turn attacks body tissues. They have an affinity for proteins and lipids, particularly protein molecules that transport lipids through the bloodstream (lipoproteins) and protein receptors embedded in cell membranes. Free radicals mediated by metal ions alter the chemical properties of lipoproteins especially low-density lipoproteins and may advance the development of atherosclerosis. At a cellular level, metal mediated free radicals alter protein and insulin receptors in cell membranes, degrading their permeability, which may precipitate insulin resistance and possibly have a function in the etiology of type-2 diabetes. Those that permeate the cell membrane bind and alter the chemical configuration of the molecules of organelles including the nucleus, resulting in genetic mutations even cancer… These effects present merely a scrape off the tip of the proverbial iceberg pertaining to the toxicity caused by metals in human biology. Having to contend with the possibility of disease from inherited mutations is disquieting, the idea that exposure to even mildly toxic environment may result in acquired genetic mutations, is sickening, literally and metaphorically. Therefore, it is my contention that the synthetic integration of transition metals and other mineral elements in health and cosmetic products is unmitigated perverseness. This practice comfortably falls into the category of extreme irrational behaviour.
It is imprudent to deny the direct correlation between the state of the environment and that of our well-being, both physiological and spiritual. At a rudimentary level, our human nature is a function of the environment in which we live; for that reason, the world remains in turmoil. Unfortunately, when we ingest food and water or breathe the air from a metal tainted environment we develop afflictions due to our common genetic predisposition for elemental metal induced illnesses. Our efforts to resolve the rampant conflicts in society are futile because we fail to recognise and subsequently address its root cause, i.e.,…that our proclivity for engaging in conflict is actually an externalisation driven by internal discord, induced by unstable elements that find their way into our bodies, spawning irrational tendencies as well as related illnesses that are flourishing in our society. It is not a metaphysical or metaphorical conflict but a tangible physiological conflict at a molecular level in the cells in our bodies. Anomalies at this level underlie all degenerative disorders including neurodegenerative disorders, aspects of which seed our irrational traits and stifles good judgement. As with everything else that exists, we too are purely chemical in composition, all aspects of our faculties including our potential for spirituality emanates from chemical processes in designated brain cells. The integrity of one’s disposition exudes the nature of one’s internal chemistry and our biochemistry operates optimally on unadulterated sustenance, as prescribed by the Creator. Our ultimate purpose is to attain true Spirituality … it transcends the synthetic construct of religion and it is the definitive commonality that we potentially share with our Creator, chemically (genetically) bestowed in Adam and Eve by the Creator when He created them. Our potential for spiritualness like irrationalness is inherent in all of us… however; we were Spiritual long before we became irrational. In theory, we can regain our original state, though only through absolute inner peace – which is a function of a harmonious internal chemistry devoid of toxins (evil spirits of antiquity?). Exorcising the metal toxins from our bodies is the cure for metal induced illnesses, including irrationalness. It is this’ rebirth that takes us a step closer to fulfilling our purpose. Although the concept sounds simple it is virtually unattainable, for it is almost impossible to eradicate our exposure to metals completely since we reside on a planet comprised mainly of metals – which is significantly ironic. Although consuming antioxidants and other chelating agents are good counter measures the key is to limit metals in this form from entering the domain of our bodies in the first place, so that our natural immune systems stand a fighting chance. However, the machinery of denialism that drives the status quo is running in high gear, the elite, to whom it is immensely lucrative, endorses its apparent efficiency, it is a scenario, which provides pseudo-validation to the denialists, and it is this’ misconception that keeps the engine fuelled. Therefore, it is irrefutable that we are all irrational by nature and our irrational nature increases proportionally to the degradation of our environment.
I have often dwelled on an idea that is quite relevant to the subject matter, – which is whether the specific geology of The Holy Land had any significance in its selection by The Creator for Abraham and his descendants? Is it possible that the conspicuous lack of viable metal deposits in the region could be the very reason for its significance and hence its allocation for the chosen? If, this was indeed the modus operandi of The Creator, it may vindicate my hypothesis.
Or is the significance of this Land arbitrary?
Purportedly, the doctrine of original sin (with reference to the fall of man in Gen 3) was initially formulated by St. Irenaeus, the 2nd century bishop of Lyon. However it was Tertullian, a Roman ecclesiastical writer who first coined the phrase “original sin”. The doctrine was espoused about two hundred years later by St. Augustine, who further developed it by instituting the hypothesis, that the mark and guilt of Adam’s sin is passed down from one generation to the next through procreation. However, the biblical reference in Ezekiel 18:19-32, amidst others, unambiguously refutes his claim about the guilt of sin. Even if the biblical references did not exist, this suggestion seems improbable the premise in itself seems iniquitous. From a purely philosophical perspective, it seems illogical that the progeny should bear the burden of guilt due to their ancestor’s transgressions. A more probable assertion would be that it is the proclivity for sinning that is hereditary and not the indignity of the iniquities of our ancestors. In human pathology, a genetic predisposition presupposes that one has inherited defective or defectively sequenced genes, which increases ones risk for inherited disorders. Due to our inherent irrationalness, having a predisposition to sin is inescapable (or having the mark of sin, as St Augustine refers to the phenomenon); it is the one disorder innately common to all humanity on Earth. According to the bible, The Creator created human beings in His own image and likeness. In His image possibly implies that we resemble the physical manifestation of a supernatural Creator and in His likeness probably means that He created man to be immortal, flawless, and immune to sin like Him. So what went wrong leading up to the account in Genesis 3, why was Eve and subsequently Adam so effortlessly persuaded to defy The Creator’s directive in spite of knowing the fate that would befall them? In accordance with my hypothesis, the inevitable transpired; nature had taken its course, over time they quite naturally became tainted by the elements in their environment, which obscured their judgment. Although the Earth was presumably in a pristine state at the time of Genesis the basic laws of nature are inescapable, the undulating cycle of birth, ageing and death applies to all living entities on Earth. It is an important cycle, which contributes to the replenishment of the soil with nutrients maintaining a self-sustaining ecosystem. Even in the absence of man made pollutants, the very Earth that sustains us gradually reduces us physiologically in one way or another until we cease to exist; the rate of our natural decline is proportional to our exposure to genetic antagonist. Sunlight in conjunction with minerals in soil and water are essential for plants and trees to flourish; however, to human beings exposure to these antagonists invariably results in free radical damage, which steadily depletes us both physically and cognitively. Hence, it was inevitable that Adam and Eve would become genetically tainted due to their exposure to the elements on Earth. For that reason, except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the Creator sanctioned access to all the edible shrubs and fruit trees including the tree of life, its fruit no doubt abounding with potent antioxidants. In the pristine environment of Eden the fruit of the tree of life should have been the ultimate antidote for that which had the potential to adulterate Adam and Eve and according to Gen3:22 one can infer that it was pivotal for their immortality. It then follows that acumen must be a prerequisite for immortality and the tree of knowledge of good and evil was the litmus test for their rational perceptiveness. Eating its fruit was the defining moment that signified failure in their cognitive prowess…thus accessibility to the tree of life and subsequent immortality removed. The act of man’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden did not corrupt them per se, but their disobedience was the manifestation of a corrupted nature. As to the tree of life, I can only speculate further, that whatever the reason… Adam and Eve did not eat from its fruit in spite of having access to it, resulting in their gradual physiological corruption, and subsequent irrationalness of which sin is but one effect. Therefore, I agree with St Augustine, in the sense that the taint or mark of sin is an aberrant genetic attribute that precludes us from absolute righteousness.
Irrespective of whether the narrative in Gen 3 is an apologue or an actual account, the undeniable truth is that exposure to raw minerals precipitates a myriad of diseases including irrationalness. Thus, one can draw the inference that essentially we are all irrational by default… an effect that continues to escalate, cascading from one generation to the next through the act of procreation.
Theories are essential, they drive the sciences just as religion drives faith; presently science and religious faith coexist interdependently, though on opposite gradients sharing a common pinnacle. However, the divide is constantly narrowing as they inch toward the apex, where they will amalgamate once again into one homogeneous entity signifying the dawn of an era of absolute enlightenment… Spirituality!
The journey continues…
The views expressed above are purely hypothetical…
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