Twenty-five years ago, the Hungarian author and philosopher Arthur Koestler proposed the word "holon" to describe a basic unit of organization in biological and social systems. Holon is a combination of the Greek word
'holos', meaning whole, and the suffix 'on' meaning particle or part.
Holy Scripture or Quantum Systems Theory
Koestler observed that in living organisms and in social organizations entirely self-supporting, non-interacting entities did not exist
Every identifiable unit of organization, such as a single cell in an animal or a family unit in a society, comprises more basic units (plasma and nucleus, parents and siblings) while at the same time forming a part of a larger unit of organization (a muscle tissue,
a body organ, an organ family or a community of people).
A Life Metaphor
A holon, as Koestler devised the term, is an identifiable part of a system that has a unique identity, yet is made up of sub-ordinate parts and in turn is part of a larger whole. Within
Humanity, each individual Male is a Holon as is each Female. The Relationship (Unit existing in Homeostasis or interchanging energies) of a Male with a Female is also a Holon, yet each of these
bipolar units is part of the Family Holon, the Tribe Holon .. and so on.
The strength of holonic organization, or holarchy, is that it enables the construction of very complex systems that are nonetheless efficient in the use of resources, highly resilient to disturbances (both internal and external), and adaptable to changes in the environment in which they exist. All these characteristics can be observed in
the biological and social systems of the inter-relationship of all life.
The stability of holons and holarchies stems from holons being self-reliant units, which have a degree of independence and handle circumstances and problems on their particular level of existence without asking higher level holons for assistance.
Thus, a single cell (feminine principle) modifies its structure to gain its most favorable relationship (Homeostasis) with its environment (Masculine Principle).
Holons can also receive instruction from and, to a certain extent, be controlled by higher level holons. The self-reliant characteristic ensures that holons are stable, able to survive disturbances. The subordination to higher level holons ensures the effective operation
and cooperation of the larger whole.
A Stem Cell carries the program for every function of the Human Body, yet responds to its Environment and the Spirit of Co-operation of the Organ to become a form to fulfill a
specific function within the higher level holarchy.
An Enlightened individual is no different from a Stem Cell.
From this perspective, the parables and stories of ALL of the World's Spiritual Texts and Holy Scriptures become related. Each is simply a description of the Relationships of All
Life - written in the words of the time for the people of that time and culture.
Holon : Holy Scripture or Quantum Systems Theory" was written, published and © by Transpersonal LifeStreams®, Tasmania, Australia.
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