It is fascinating with parallels in nature and science. If you look carefully you can find parallels and patterns in all sorts of things, laws of physics and nature that are repeated and present in a variety of different circumstances also in society. Like fractal patterns.
One of these fundamental principles creating patterns seems to be nature’s particularly well developed aversion for imbalance. Wherever I look I can see the process of imbalance being corrected. Maybe it is all part of the Self Correcting Code of the universe (in case you never heard of Self Correcting Code, you can read about it here, it will blow your mind!). This aversion for imbalance permeate everything – in our cells it’s called osmosis, in nature it’s called weather and in the universe it’s called gravity. Wherever you find this mysterious process it has one goal, its trying to cause equilibrium where there is imbalance and in the process chaos becomes order. Equilibrium is the everlasting holy grail of the universe, it can never be achieved though, because when it does, everything will cease to exist.
No osmosis in the body means that you are dead. No winds means there is no atmosphere and the end of gravity will immediately grind the universe to a complete halt.
Universal osmosis is the constant and compulsive universal need for everything in existence to seek the ever elusive state of equilibrium. It is so manifest in our perception of reality that it is even a dominant part of our sense of aesthetics.
We like balanced things, we seek it and we want it, even though it would kill us if we would ever truly obtain it – it is a quandary. We have the capability to immediately spot when something goes against the universal and fundamental need of balance. We sometimes even find it to be repulsive. Our perception of beauty is based on our perception and compulsive need for proportions based on the golden ratio i.e. balance. Even a child will intuitively know that there is something amiss when shown a picture of something that goes against the grain of the need of balance, it is innate.
Transfer this sort of reasoning to sociology and we can paint with wide strokes about great changes in society. It’s brutally generalizing, but it doesn’t matter, because there is no individual. In this line of thinking there is only the process, a faceless, de-individualized and universally applicable process of osmosis. There are only two separate parts; imbalance and equilibrium, and all processes we observe are the manifestations of the never ending dance of the two.
In human affairs the need for balance is primarily preoccupied with gratification. Lack of gratification leads to motion, plenty of gratification leads to inactivity. Whenever burden is perceived as larger than gratification in large number of people- we have a problem. As long as gratification is perceived as equal or larger than burden, we are happy campers. Many misinterpret gratification to be money, but since we are humans and not ATM machines it is not. Gratification includes everything that makes us jump out of bed in the morning; honor, recognition, valor, love, compassion, duty, money, achievements, appreciation and on and on… that’s why happiness can be found in palaces as well as in huts.The Roman Empire collapsed because it was in want of equilibrium as it could not control its borders. The British colonial rule in America was also in want of equilibrium as evident by the revolutionary call “no taxation without representation!” or as it also can be interpreted; “no burden without gratification.”
Apply this line of thinking to the current situation in Europe. What we have in Europe is a population that until recently largely was at ease with their current level of gratification and as such prone to inactivity. Then come the large influx of other people that have a different experience. People that for generations have been casting their eyes on the riches of Europe and increasingly grown to resent the lack of gratification in their own societies as compared to the European culture. Remove efficient border controls in Europe and osmosis is doing the rest. Higher concentration of gratification in Europe is currently being deluded by the influx of people with higher concentration of burden. It is the universal law of osmosis in process. It has preceded every revolution and every coup d’etat in history and it doesn’t look good for Europe. The influx of large numbers of people that are in want of gratification from societies where violence is dominant, in combination with the dominance of pacifist ideals in a highly intellectualized Europe, is a recipe for disaster. Europe better learn quickly that intellectual relativism stands small chance against remorseless violence. If not, Europe will perish – or put differently; what good is a doctor’s degree in philosophy against a kalashnikov? To survive, Europe must not only be smart, but also need to get tough.
The existential foundation for every revolution is perceived imbalance. Because when burden is perceived as larger than gratification, things starts to happen. If the conditions for a successful revolution doesn’t exist, the antagonist, the instigator of the revolution must create the necessary conditions. The way to do that is to destabilize society, create imbalance so that equilibrium can be restored, create chaos so that order can be restored, it’s basic, it’s the “Revolution 101 for Idiots.” Create imbalance – and the universal compelling quest for equilibrium does the rest. Due to the collapse of their border controls Europe is experiencing this pre-revolutionary transformation from a state of perceived equilibrium to a state of perceived imbalance, what will follow will be chronicled in future history books.
Considering this, the current situation in Europe begs the question: Who wants the revolution and why?