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The Sun... is it alive or not?

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Put forth are the arguments the Sun is likely a living force

(1st edition - Apr 2014) by A.O. Kime
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In the age-old search for answers scientists have gained an incredible amount of knowledge about the Sun - of details seemingly impossible to ascertain. After all, you can’t even look this boiling cauldron of fire plus it’s so far away. Yet, the scientists somehow managed.

Before much was known, the mystery of the Sun’s presence, composition and origins must have been maddening… it would have crazed anyone. To conclude the Sun is a god is completely understandable.

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

Like other natural phenomena, the Sun has been an object of veneration in many cultures throughout human history. Humanity's most fundamental understanding of the Sun is as the luminous disk in the sky, whose presence above the horizon creates day and whose absence causes night. In many prehistoric and ancient cultures, the Sun was thought to be a solar deity or other supernatural phenomenon. Worship of the Sun was central to civilizations such as the ancient Egyptians, the Inca of South America and the Aztecs of what is now Mexico. In religions such as Hinduism, the Sun is still considered a God.

But before delving into why the ancients might have been right, let’s see what modern day science has to say first.

Excerpts from Wikipedia:

The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields. It has a diameter of about 1,392,684 km (865,374 mi), around 109 times that of Earth, and its mass (1.989×1030 kilograms, approximately 330,000 times the mass of Earth) accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System. Chemically, about three quarters of the Sun's mass consists of hydrogen, while the rest is mostly helium. The remainder (1.69%, which nonetheless equals 5,600 times the mass of Earth) consists of heavier elements, including oxygen, carbon, neon and iron, among others.

In the spectral class label, G2 indicates its surface temperature, of approximately 5778 K (5505 °C), and V indicates that the Sun, like most stars, is a main-sequence star, and thus generates its energy by nuclear fusion of hydrogen nuclei into helium. In its core, the Sun fuses about 620 million metric tons of hydrogen each second.

The core of the Sun is considered to extend from the center to about 20–25% of the solar radius. It has a density of up to 150 g/cm3 (about 150 times the density of water) and a temperature of close to 15.7 million kelvin (K). By contrast, the Sun's surface temperature is approximately 5,800 K. Recent analysis of SOHO mission data favors a faster rotation rate in the core than in the rest of the radiative zone. Through most of the Sun's life, energy is produced by nuclear fusion through a series of steps called the p–p (proton–proton) chain; this process converts hydrogen into helium. Only 0.8% of the energy generated in the Sun comes from the CNO cycle.

There’s no denying, this amount of scientific knowledge is quite extensive and it’s just a sampling.

Yet, despite all this in-depth knowledge -seemingly more than enough to dispel any mythological belief such as the Sun being a living god - one had better think again. The ancient masters of metaphysical realities might have been right (effectively).

Prejudging the Sun as inanimate

If not for the Sun being scientifically prejudged as inanimate in modern times, what is being described could be considered its anatomy. In other words, the details don’t automatically rule out the fact it could be alive. Besides, one can’t rule out something not yet understood. Life, of course, is not yet understood… being something to keep in mind as we continue.

The different components and processes such as hydrogen, helium and nuclear fusion doesn’t rule it out either. We mortals cannot say what life can be comprised of… what is possible and what isn‘t. There may be other forms besides biological forms.

Along with the Sun, the makeup of the various powers and energies ought to be re-contemplated as well (as to whether they are ‘alive’ or not). The power to heal comes to mind being a process in which the mechanical (biological) explanations just seem to fall short. It’s just too ‘magical‘ to be the entire case.

So… is the Sun alive or not?

Well, let's first make clear the parameters of this investigation, While we all know the Sun generates both heat and light, the focus here is on its composition which is essentially fire. The phenomenon of light is another subject and set aside.

We begin therefore by addressing the makeup and behavior of fire.

The behavior of fire

Of all things on earth, only life and fire are animated... nothing else is capable of voluntary and/or involuntary movement. It’s the first indication that fire could be alive. As the saying goes all else appears “dead as a doornail”. While it is evident water moves, the difference is that it takes other forces to move it (i.e., gravity). Likewise lightning strikes and wind blows but it takes other forces to create them.

Dependence, however, is another matter. While fire is dependent (on fuel)… so are creatures dependent (on food). Except, it wouldn't seem to mean anything since practically all things are dependent.

As for similarity number two, fire consumes much like how living creatures consume. In effect, both 'eat'. The effective difference being that a fire eats what it burns while a creature burns what it eats (calories). Either way, of course, sustains and provides energy. Bottom line... we can learn from similarities and why it is important to search for them. It is especially true for similarities between things thought different. It is why things occasionally get re-classified.

Interestingly, nothing mesmerizes us like its dancing flames either. It makes one wonder the reason. If first to see it, Captain Kirk would have certainly thought fire was alive… probably to assume it was some alien siren. So would Spock and Bones. While it’s just a cartoon supposition, at least fictional characters aren’t bound by any preconceived notions.

Curious that it is often said that when a fire quits burning it ‘died’ or ‘died out’ as if actually once alive. Subliminal knowledge?

Of course, science would quickly point out that fire is merely the result of the combustion of fuel. And, science could expand on that in great detail. However, the properties of fire itself is less well known. Its makeup hasn’t exactly been pinned down… only that its flames are comprised of carbon dioxide, water vapor, oxygen and nitrogen. But that could also describe someone’s bad breath.

While effectively the main component of fire is heat, there seems no limit to how hot a fire can get. The point is, a cooking fire isn’t exactly the same thing as a huge forest fire. It all amounts to a catchall (imprecise) description of fire and this vagueness should have been curious… enough to warrant a reevaluation about what fire actually is. Of course, that’s what we’re trying to do here.

In any reevaluation, it should be noted our very existence depends on fire. In short, we owe everything to fire. Since that’s the case, in the overall scheme of things fire must have a role-playing ‘status’. Fire is more than just…well, fire.

Fire... the great initiator

While fire is likely the most ancient of all phenomena, it could be said to be the ’initiator’. Without fire, life wouldn’t exist. Nor would the universe. So, being so central to the scheme of things, it must be more than just combustion. Likely it has an even greater standing than life itself.

On that note, isn't it only reasonable to believe only life can spark life? Religions certainly believe it - only their professed deities might be debatable. In debating the matter however, one should keep in mind that heat (along with moisture) is what causes seeds to germinate. That qualifies as a spark, no?

But whether ’status’ or ’standing’, it wouldn’t be what we would normally think. In the spirit world a status wouldn’t be ‘lieutenant colonel’ or anything like that. It would be something like ‘dimension’, ’power’ or ‘God’s right arm’.

So why hasn’t fire been in the running as being alive? Or, at least, been considered ’life-like‘? Well, primarily because it wouldn’t fit into the scientific model of how things exist. Only biological beings can support life the scholars think… that is, those within the academies. Except, after the academies became established they quit listening to the nobodies (99.9% of the world’s brains). As a result just a handful of men - atheists mostly - decided what the realities are.

Only the ancients seriously pondered (or accepted) the likelihood. The ancient Greeks certainly saw something special about fire… as their story goes it was ’stolen from heaven’ (and given to man). And, in seeing a connection between fire and life, Democritus believed “the human soul consists of globular atoms of fire“.

The power of heat and the missing detail

Then there’s the temperatures of the earth… of a range that can support life. And, more notably, are the body temperatures (of living creatures). Not only does this suggest our total dependence on heat (fire), but also a close relationship. Can such an important attribute (body temperature) be caused by biological processes alone? Well, the jury should still be debating the matter.

Actually, there is no detail among details that can say whether something is alive or not. Except for that which was established for biological beings, there is no known ‘universal truth’. While there should be, we just haven't found it yet. As it stands, life can only be determined by observation and naturally the first indication would be voluntary movements. Even involuntary movements should grab ones attention.

Since there is nothing in the composition of fire pointing to it as being alive - so technically it can‘t yet be called an ‘anatomy’ - metaphysical points-of-view are sure to be different. So how would God characterize fire? Well, surely he would consider it central to everything (since it is). And with fire effectively being the ’initiator’, it is likely deemed hierologically superior to the phenomenon of life. Surely the ancients saw it the same way … why they considered the Sun a god.

Degree of life

While a lighted match or small flame may not exhibit much in the way of having divine properties (being alive), its ‘degree of life’ is seemingly proportionate to its size (or intensity). Similarly, there’s a ‘degree of life’ in biological creatures as well… most evident in infants (undeveloped) and the ailing. From that point of view then, the Sun (or any star) is a demonstration of the ultimate degree.

However frightful to observe, the common reaction to a huge roaring fire is that of ‘unholy‘. That is especially true if out-of-control. Yet, it should be considered just ’re-creation’ (often violent).

One shouldn't be distracted by the vivid differences between fire and biological creatures either. From a metaphysical standpoint, life could exist in many ways since it is a fundamental aspect of the universe. Science would disagree however. As a physics student put it in comparing life to a toaster oven (an outrageous comparison by the way), "a living cell is just a different arrangement of protons, neutrons, electrons and so on". In fact, while science has symbols for practically everything else (energy, mass, etc.), it doesn't have a symbol for life. To leave life out of their equations is as naive as it gets.

While a metaphysical status may involve more than just whether something is alive or not, it is what we’re trying to determine. Although science doesn‘t see it this way but life is a ‘featured phenomena’ which ranges from the lowly all the way up to godly. This featured phenomena is evident in the three life forms on earth… being [1] the entirely instinctual life form (which includes plant life), [2] the animal life form and [3] the human element. What‘s more, these life forms are built atop one another (animals consist of two and humans consist of all three) - see theory of cohabitation.

But in addition to these three biological life forms, NASA recently announced their discovery of an ‘arsenic-based’ life form… not on some distant planet but right here on earth. See The Journal or Universe Today (external links)..

The point is, life forms can be quite different. Fire, however, would be vastly different and, for that very reason, likely to be deemed beyond the pale as being feasible… except such a scientific attitude will surely hinder their search for extraterrestrial life.

Semantics

However, instead of fire being considered ‘alive’ perhaps a ’living force’ would be a better term. After all, ’alive‘ implies ‘along the same lines’. Nor would a ’living force’ conflict with religious beliefs (it is not suggesting the Sun is a god).

But if what’s been said so far isn’t convincing enough, the Sun’s enduring lifespan - practically eternal - should be taken into consideration. Except, however, a more believable explanation is needed as to how the sun can keep shining with equal intensity day after day, century after century, millennia after millennia .While it is unknown how many people buy the scientific explanations - some sure to suspect either errors in their calculations or a ’forced fit’ - but even if science is right there can still be something missing. Life, after all, has nothing to do with mathematics or physics.

As it is, however, only a ‘dead star’ (no longer animate) can go without question. Clearly and most assuredly it is not alive. But left on the table - or should be - is the question of what does it mean if it is ’animate’. It could mean, after all, a ’force’. Only antitheism would rule it out.

Yet, there's also a spiritual way to arrive at a conclusion. A person need only spend a few hours being constantly aware of the Sun’s presence… faithfully keeping it in mind and glancing its way occasionally. As a result, they'll walk away entirely convinced the Sun is, indeed, a living force. Not only because it 'fits' with all else spiritual but because the fact will resonate (emanate). Only Injured spiritual forces will draw a blank.

The Gaia hypothesis

In that there is a growing consensus Earth is a living planet (the Gaia hypothesis) - having grown out of the many recognized interdependencies between the organic and inorganic - for much the same reason the Sun should also be considered a living entity. Whenever that is accepted, it would then force a reevaluation of the Sun flares and solar winds. Might the flares be the Sun’s way of communicating… or how the Sun administers the solar system? However, to expand on this would really get bizarre.

The same goes for expanding on the body temperature of humans (or any creature). In other words, to suggest fire (heat) being a living presence within us would also get bizarre. Exceedingly bizarre. Besides, there’s only so much of the spirit world one can comprehensibly hypothesize about or explain. The semantics aren’t there.

For more good points on fire see The Quest for the Nature of Light which is subtitled "Light, heat & life... and the incredible role of fire". A couple examples:

While on the surface seemingly a preposterous notion that fire is somehow ‘alive’, having no truth whatsoever, but we can’t ignore the fact it is active (very animated), mobile and must consume to exist just like all living creatures. In this respect it would be entirely unique if it is, in fact, lifeless. Aside from living creatures and fire, all else on earth is effectively stationary, lifeless and thus exhibiting lifelessness.

And:

Since light and heat are the effects of fire, of life-giving properties, should give fire great status in the scheme of things. On this point, nobody should argue. This would equate to playing a fundamental role… seemingly that of an 'initiator'. Although such an initiator can only be found within the metaphysical arena, being either God himself or his instrument, fire would be unique for ‘spiritual phenomena’ since it is commonly utilized and its properties intimately known. Nonetheless, so central is fire in the scheme of things, it must be 'life-related'.

A.O. Kime

"When a well packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem preposterous and it's speaker a raving lunatic." - Dresden James (1931-2008)

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