Unlocking Everything (Article)

Updated: Jun 4

All life relates to all life. Make sense? Good, article done. See ya next time.


Are you kidding?


Well yes. I’m not getting away that easy and the stuff I typed below this, it actually has a purpose.


Explain please


Okay. Basically, you can boil down every fundamental rule to every profession, every hobby, every task… every situation, every community, every machine… everything. Each basic rule of how anything works can and often does apply to how anything else works. In all seriousness, that probably doesn’t make sense yet. But if you stick with me on this, I believe you’ll end up with one of the most important keys to life.


Examples


Music

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Learning one instrument makes learning others easier. Why? Because music is full of basic concepts that apply to all parts of its creation. Take scales (please, because they feel tedious and I don’t like them.). Practicing a scale means you’re practicing stepping up and down through sets of notes that sound right together (repeeeeeetedly!). Once you learn scales on one instrument, you may have to build muscle memory to play another, but you’ll already understand how the scales should sound on that new instrunment.


Vocals are another good example. If you like to sing, whether you’re good or bad at it, you’ve at least learned to step across a spectrum of notes and words to be sung. Once you get that concept, you don’t have to relearn it over and over every time you want to sing a new song. You only have to learn the words and the melody.


Physics.


Everything is physical in some way, even those things that seem more abstract. Even thoughts, spirits, and things like light are physical. Everything from people to human-made machines… it’s all governed by sets of rules that apply from one thing to the next. Every movement of everything fights some sort of resistance, be it gravity, friction, air pressure, or something else. Every moving thing has to overcome as much wear and tear as possible, hence things like oils and bearings.


Chemistry.


I feel like, when most of us think of chemistry, we think of long white coats, pocket protectors, glasses with white tape in the center and a lab full of jars, readouts and people making jokes about atoms. (No offense to science nerds. I am one. And BTW, I have a good Atom Joke… "Never trust an Atom. They make up everything." (Thanks R.K.). Now pick yourself up off the floor, wipe the tears of laughter from your eyes and keep on reading.)


Anyway, Chemistry doesn’t just belong in a lab. It’s everywhere. Everything is based on it. And the chemicals and their behaviors that are found in any one thing, are always found in many other things.


Math.


I have to admit I’m terrible at it. I do know that 2x5=11 (another sad joke), but when it comes to advanced math I’m as lost as they come. To me a square root is a piece of a tree that’s been shaped on a table saw. I do know something really important about it though. It relates and applies to absolutely everything, from music, to physics, to chemistry, to well… everything.


Psychology.

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Here's a good example; all life tends to look for the easiest path. Electrons prefer to travel through their most inviting and efficient elements, like gold. Water looks for streams and rivers to join. And people most often choose the quickest ways to get tasks done and the easiest rewards for behavior.


How examples come together


Resistance is a great one. It happens in machines, chemistry and social situations. Take my content for example, videos, articles, social media posts, etc. I’ve had some nice comments and some negative comments on that media. I don’t take the negative replies as a chance to fire back and prove I’m right. Instead, I see them as a chance to minister and demonstrate the forgiveness and openness of Christianity.


I can sense the need to ease the resistance and the wear and tear, between my content and people who react to it with anger… just as I sense the need to ease such a grind between two parts of a robot I’ve built. Showing that I understand where the commenter is coming from is like putting some grease in my robot’s joints. Both of those actions ease abrasion and invite calm and efficient movement. It actually helps me to think of one, as I plan for the other.


How beneficial is this information?


Hugely! (and I don’t often use exclamation points)


As far of a stretch as this stuff may sound, I believe there’s a very technical and psychological use for it. If you find a guy who’s mad ‘cause you stepped on his shoe, or a woman who’s afraid of you because of your personal style, you probably don’t want to squirt grease on them… probably. But opening a mind to the common traits between everything and everything… it can open new doors in the way we think about things like conflict resolution, the building of communities and a lot more.


When we find corresponding properties between items and situations, we will unlock doors that help us work with all of them. And here’s the bonus, if you intricately understand one thing, you’ll probably already have a great understanding of anything else. It’s a very abstract idea, but the proof is already there.


What is your proof?


When a person can rebuild a car engine, they can usually fix a broken house fan without training. Someone who has an education and/or experience working compassionately with children, can often work the same way with adults, without being taught how.


Martial arts holds a few more examples. In them, there is a common saying, basically “I learn how to fight so I know how not to fight.” A martial artist who knows how to physically diffuse a confrontation, can most often diffuse it first, through words, without ever throwing a punch. The self discipline it takes to train the body will usually also train the mind. Both can move fluidly through a dangerous moment.


To be a jack of all trades means we can flow from one situation in life to the next with fewer hardships. The mechanisms that ease one situation can be adapted to ease another. One of the wisest things I’d ever heard Bruce Lee say was this: He basically explained that a great key to getting through life is to be adaptable and open to change. He said “Be like water. If you pour water into a bowl, it takes the shape of the bowl. If you pour it into a cup, it takes the shape of the cup.” Understanding the relationships and commonalities between one thing in life and the next, it can aid in being adaptable.




God tells us the same thing, that adaptability is important.


Philippians 4:12-20 New International Version (NIV)

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.


How to use it


You don’t have to think much about it. You just have to absorb information and let it make you smarter. To many, these days it will often mean putting down the things that numb our minds and picking up those that enhance them. In other words, technology is great, but so are books, collaborations and classrooms.


And even better, if you can be aware of how everything relates to everything else, you can start to do what all Christians should be doing. You can teach by speaking many different languages. I don’t mean things like English, Hebrew and Russian. I mean being able to compare examples of how things work, from the lives of people with different interests and professions.


So for example; I might tell someone it’s wise to get therapy for damage caused by a hardship. That person might be afraid the general stigmas that come along with that, like “If I do, I’m a sissy”. But if that person works on cars, I might be able to tell them that therapy is simply the repair work of the mind. I can say you only take apart whatever mechanism is broken, examine it, fix the problems, then put it back together the way you’d do with a leaky fuel system or a bad starter motor.


I think crossing information from how one thing works to the next, it already happens on a subconscious level. But being aware of it can give you advantages. I’ll give you a great example in my life… reading the bible. I can’t quite yet explain how, but one thing it’s given me is more ability to tell a being who’s connected to God from a fake who’s only using the gospel for their own purposes. I can identify false Gods and idols now at the drop of a hat.


It’s not just work


Sometimes it is work to learn, but often it’s fun. Simply reading, learning how a computer works or getting into the rules or personal play of a sport… these things can all provide insight into how everything else works. So don’t just dig in, pay attention. Eventually the deep similarities between everything and everything may just blow your mind!


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