Simplicity To Complexity
It never seems to fail. Whenever we as a race, make great discoveries in science, math, manufacturing, physics biology or any other discipline that deals with the physical world we live in, It’s always “hind sight” that shows and leads us to one unfailing universal conclusion– “Oh! That’s so simple! Why didn’t we see that in the first place?”
Actually, we couldn’t. If I’ve learned anything at all about God … it’s that he uses very simple processes to accomplish tremendously complex things. He uses simple tiny atoms, having just Positive, Negative and Neutral charges to construct every material – living and non-living in the entire universe. Using just simple water vapor, light and altitude, God creates clouds, which in turn create stunning sunrises and sunsets. Each morning and evening a unique and spectacular display is heralded for all to see. Yet, they themselves are created from the simplest of materials.
We almost always have to “reverse engineer” God’s work. We have to drill down and finally see the simplicity involved. We spend a great amount of study and research trying to discern “How that thing works”. We invariably have to start with Gods complex finished product. Then, work our way back to the beginning of that product, to achieve our “A Ha!” moment. It seems we just haven’t spent enough time learning how to analyze God’s thinking methods. We really need to study more closely how God goes about things.
Usually, if I’m working really hard on a project, and it’s getting to be a very complicated process in and of itself, then I can safely presume that I’ve got it wrong and I’m working too hard at it. To do it God’s way… it has to be based on (or start from) a simple process that can upscale easily into a complex process.
DNA is an example of God’s use of simplicity to complexity. So is the use of two kinds of life on this planet. Another is electricity. God makes lighting (electricity) right out of thin air. And this is done repetitively all over the planet. He uses altitude, air pressure, temperature and charged particles. And – BOOM – your front yard tree is toast! We, on the other hand, have to dig great amounts of coal out of the ground. Ship it to the electric plant. Burn it in great big furnaces. This in turn boils water to create steam. This steam pushes the fins on huge turbines. (which we laboriously make out of metals that were mined from the ground) Then finally – BOOM – you got a big electric bill!
The great Celestial Mind uses far simpler methods than our clumsy attempts at complexity. Also, God’s type of simplicity has a certain style to it. The way single cells form tissue that in turn forms body systems has certain flow and beauty to it. The way atoms electromagnetically hook together to form molecules, that in turn hook together to form compounds has a type of elegance to the process.
We have NO style at all. The way we do things is … well … crude by comparison. We can make electricity – sure we can! We just do it the HARD way. God makes things that fly gracefully in the air. (Birds) Well, yeah, we can make things that fly too. But whenever the words “graceful” and “Jet Airplane” are used in the same sentence – it’s called an oxymoron!
We truly need to learn from God’s use of simplicity, patterns and Style. Once we do, we’ll be able to fashion better “stuff” for ourselves. Of course, there will be insights and realizations that we as a people won’t grasp for centuries to come. Those will be for our children and their grandchildren. But, that doesn’t have to stop us here, today, in the Now, from breaking ground and start plowing the field of Greater Understanding.
I suppose the trick is – be become intelligent enough to see the simplicity in the first place.
There is an abundance of examples of how God goes about things; especially His favorite use of Simplicity to Complexity. I’ll explore 4 of these examples. In each example, I’m all ways amazed at just how simple each level is, how complex it becomes, and how elegantly it fits into the structures surrounding it. We’ll be exploring: