Science Being The World
posted by July 3 at 9:46 AMon
There is a point at which the Earth came into being? In this meaning (or use), “being” is something that can be alive or dead. “Being,” here, is just “being there,” being something. In this case, “being” is simply the state of appearing.
Tiny slivers of diamond forged on an infant Earth may contain the earliest traces of life, a study has shown.
Analysis of the crystals showed they contain a form of carbon often associated with plants and bacteria.
The rare gems were found inside zircon crystals, formed a few hundred million years after the Earth came into being.
Living, then, can be separated from being. Being can be both living and dead. Living can only be living, in the way nothing can only be nothing. Being is in the middle; its appearance is the opening of life and the closing of nothing. At the end of the day, what is easy is define is being, and what is hard to grasp is nothing and life.
Scientists still do not have an agreement on what life is—some propose it’s something that can evolve; others, something that can communicate; others, something that can replicate. The Russian biochemist Oparin made the radical suggestion that there is no real difference between organic (the living) and the inorganic (the dead—the dead being not nothing, the dead being being, the opening of life). All the things that a living being can do are things that a dead being can do. Under certain conditions, the remains of the living remineralize, returns to the seemingly stable (or slow intensity) status of a rock, returns to what they actually always are but are too quick to realize it—our rock bottom, being qua being.
There might be no strict line between the quick and the dead, the living and the slow, but we (the living) do feel there to be a difference between living and just being. This feeling is one-sided. A rock, like being qua being, knows no difference. Living is the difference.