what is life?

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Life is a system because it has interrelated elements (organs) and a purpose.

A system has a flow (inflow->stock-> outflow). Therefore you can also say life is a stream.

The above video shows what life is. We take food. Food is not for our energy but makes our body.

When we look at those processes in detail, we break our cells first and compose them to maintain balance or adapt to the environment. It is called “dynamic equilibrium.”

Bergson's Arc: a model to consider Dynamic equilibrium viewed from composition and decomposition presented by Dr. S. Fukuoka [48] (A part of original drawing was changed to simplify the explanation of the concept, and added a supplementary one.) (a) Incline with θ°; (b) Cut figure of circumference (Cell opens with it closed.); (c) Life circle climbing back over the incline with composition and decomposition at once.
Bergson’s Arc: a model to consider Dynamic equilibrium viewed from composition and decomposition presented by Dr. S. Fukuoka [48] (A part of original drawing was changed to simplify the explanation of the concept, and added a supplementary one.) (a) Incline with θ°; (b) Cut figure of circumference (Cell opens with it closed.); (c) Life circle climbing back over the incline with composition and decomposition at once. 

Reference: Study on Sustainable Water Resource Conservation—Toward Deepening of Homo Environmentics – Scientific Figure on ResearchGate. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Bergsons-Arc-a-model-to-consider-Dynamic-equilibrium-viewed-from-composition-and_fig14_324061660 [accessed 30 Aug, 2022]

As you can see from the charts above, life is climbing the hill against the natural law (Second law of thermodynamics)with decompositions and compositions of cells.

Every day, you gradually break yourself and make new. Finally, around one year later, you will be completely new if you can keep the balance to adapt new environment. To enjoy hill walking, you need the courage to change yourself first.

You are a river.

You are a flower.

You are a rainbow.

Reference: Biodiversity is the Dynamic Equilibrium of the Earth – The Beauty of Oikos – Shinichi Fukuoka

4 thoughts on “what is life?”

  1. Shinichi sensei,

    As I traverse our walk-of-life, I kept thinking of the thought that “What makes LIFE complete?” Is achieving less or non-attainment of something we dreamed of an incomplete LIFE? Or the absence of a purpose (incomplete) makes LIFE complete (incomprehensible)?

    LIFE is a system!

    What if a person perceives LIFE as counterproductive reality? Is it a system failure then?

    Thank you for the sharing another worthwhile message, sensei 😇🙏

    RJ (weird thoughts 😓)

    1. Hi RJ samurai,

      Thank you for sharing your insights into life.
      They are not weird thoughts.
      After reading your message, I reflect on my thoughts about life.

      If our purpose is related to our greed, we walk downhill following the slope of entropy.
      In this case, we should not attach the purpose, then complete our life. 🙂
      (This is “zen” teaching.)

      However if our purpose is related to greater goods and walks uphill against our greed,
      we might reach the top and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

      I was aware that there are two kinds of systems.
      One is mechanical and the other is organic (or natural).
      If the mechanical system has an error, it stops however
      the organic system is based on “try and error”.

      In a short time, you feel counterproductive to achieve something meaningful.
      So, we should evaluate our effort on the timeless horizon.
      If today were the last day of our life, let’s plant a tree!

      Shinichi (weirdest thoughts)

  2. Hi Mr Tsuboi!
    How are you?
    Hope you are fine!

    The relationship between our bodies and environment is such a closed circle.

    If we want to adapt our bodies with the environment, we have first to construct the environment before constructing our bodies.

    We have to think first and act for environment sustainability, then our bodies will be well constructed and adapted with environment.
    The more our environment is maintained, the more our bodies became stong.

    That is life.

    Faithfully
    Nesrine Charef
    Algeria.

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