Monday, 3 November 2014

The Problem with Complexity

There may have been just Adam and Eve. Then, by the 100th monkey principle, the rest of us became freshly baked humanoids by picking up the idea and embarking on the long journey of becoming humans. (Most of us are still trying).
In time, we learned to apply objects as weapons that made hunting easier. Then came incipient agriculture. This led to an increased number of neurons free to pursue ideas not directly related to keeping “body and soul” together, and resulted in increasing complexity of ideas and the proliferation of objects.
 As we grew more knowledgeable our life became easier. It seemed that all was well—on the way to making our life heaven on earth. The complexity of ideas and objects advanced exponentially. The more ideas we had, the more new ideas we generated. All too soon, after a mere three million years or so, we have reached a critical mass. If we continued on the established path, we would not only increase our numbers to an unprecedented number, but our ideas would generate the means of making us progressively more lazy.
We have also reached the boundary of the “Diamond Rule”. The point of no return.

The “Diamond Rule”, the most precious and unbending of them all, is the Law of Balance. Whoever strays too far from this Law is heading down a slope that increases in steepness at flabbergasting rate. We forgot all about the Law of Balance. We even found justification for inventing weapons that can obliterate the whole human race. Empires have been built over many generations, over many centuries. They did so by increasing mental, social, military, economical and even biological complexity. Nevertheless, there were dangers inherent in such uncontrolled progress. Finally the industrial revolution, then technology, did our work and a lot of our thinking for us. The more gadgets we produced, the less thinking we had to do. We were, and are, heading for self-induced destruction. We have reached an evolutionary crisis. We are careering down a slope of wanton stupidity.
We have lost our sense of balance.
Complexity resulting from the use of additional neurons is very good thing. But the abuse of such complexity is as self-destructive as dropping a bombs on ours own heads. We have lost the essence of who we are, and for what purpose we are here, on Earth. Soon we shall reach a dead-end, luckily, to begin again. And again.
And…  again.
The Wheel of Awagawan.

The end of one of such cycles is described in my Aquarius Trilogy. If you really want to know what is about to happen in the world, read the three books. Due to conditioning of many years, the awareness of the protagonist, Simon Jones, grows slowly. While the problem is presented as fiction, we might be wise to heed the advice offered in the books.
You CAN survive, with impunity, but only if you awaken in time.
Good luck.

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  1. Why am I always first in the queue? It seems indecent now. Well if there is an audience listening why doesn't someone else clap first? I knew, despite all that humerous detachment, there was a passionate despair lurking...not in ultimate reality or immortal remains but about stupidity. I shall draw attention to its head poking out before it withdraws with a laugh.

  2. Dear Philippa... there is no queue. Did you ever hear the sound of one hand clapping? It's still ringing in my ears. As for stupidity, only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not so sure about the universe. Albert said it first, we're just the chorus. But no despair. There is no hurry, not for the immortals, and the potential is there, everywhere, hence the Wheel of Awagawan. The remains are not immortal. We are. But even the remains are transmuted in perpetuity. In the eternal Now. Smile.

  3. I'm glad Philippa brought this to my attention Stanislaw and that's a very kind offer re your books thank you. Two hands are clapping, both for the universe.

  4. Thank you, Susan. If you wish to take advantage of my offer for reviewers, all I need is you email.