"Also, I hesitate to add anything to your debate about Nash's theory of equilibrium because it is way beyond my understanding. But I wanted to give it a Christian perspective. Do you think it fits with the verses in I Corinthians 12:14 and on? This is the section talking about the importance of each body part to the whole person - that an arm cannot function by itself, nor can it be an eye but that together all the parts form a whole - which is true of the church - all the different characters that compose a congregation are needed to make a whole church. I'm not sure if this fits with Nash's theory or if I just missed the point but wanted to share it."
Click here to start the live musical performance, Coming Apart (Ogg Vorbis; 72 Minutes)
What if my mouth got tired of feeding my stomach... and said to my hand... "Hand, if you cut out Stomach, I will give you all my gold fillings." Mouth thought this to be a steal, since he wouldn't need to chew for Stomach anymore, anyway. Hand thought it was like taking candy from a baby, since he hated working to pay for Stomach's eating habit, anyway.
Off Hand and Mouth go... uh oh.
Who knows, Nose? Cut you off in spite, they might!
(And, I wouldn't gloat, Throat... the thought to cut their own, may not be that remote... all the while plotting the defeat of Feet.)
What about Eyes? Can't you see what they want to do to me?
Can't they see that you and me ARE we?
Oh, Eyes... will they realize,
Before it's too late, and they seal our fate?
(Takin' their toll on our sole soul.)
What if I ain't got the guts for this? What if Stomach
can't stomach it... what if she turns out to be a passivist...
and doesn't resist? How could we get past her exit?
How could we exist?
If I could only get Hand to understand...!
I need to see what I can do to better the point-of-view,
To let them know it's true there's things we can do,
For the sum to add up to more than all the "ones of you."
(Can you tell me... don't they call that synergy?
It would provide more than enough energy.)
If the parts of the human race could just embrace...
When all start to "get" that the parts have got the same heart.
That all are All as All is all.That when we make the best of being in this together,
I want to be one (1) with you. We have won when I'm one with you.
We've won when as one we're more than 1... and way more than the combination of all the anyones.
Hmmm... working together... instead of tearing apart our parts...
Instead of all, or any, of us having less... we'd all have more than before!
Imagine it over and over again. When can we begin?
Imagine it over and over again.
(But, please don't let that slow down the start of...
When we depart... on getting back together.
Can we dream of the goal while we start to roll?)
Imagine it over and over again.
What we can imagine we can do,
This part's started... how about you?
(I can't get to far ahead of Head, or we might all leave behind Behind.)
PS Can you imagine pulling back even further? Can you imagine looking at the whole planet... and seeing all humans as part of the human race?
That is what this body tried to do with this musical experiment -- get all the body parts to synchronize with each other and create a synergistic effect.
The recordings are made extemporaneously. All instruments are played lived and include electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, percussion, flute, harmonica, vocals and bass. All the lyrics are impromptu. The engineering is performed on-the-fly while the sound is recorded onto a 1-track stereo digital disc.
These live one-man-band experiments help the parts understand "the demand of working with what we've been supplied" ...hehehe. The brain and central nervous system must try to coordinate the right hand to play a keyboard, while the left hand plays guitar, the mouth sings, and the ears listen to the entire mix. The words, rhymes, melodies, chord and rhythm changes must be created while coordinating all the parts to produce the song. This all takes place in real time.
My body parts obviously have the discipline to coordinate their own smaller parts (cells) into a meaningful bigger piece... Now, if I could practice the discipline of coordinating my body parts into a meaningful bigger piece -- me (that might be a start.)
And then, if everyone else like me... all the other humans in our species... could practice the discipline of coordinating everyBODY into a meaningful bigger piece -- the human race... then... wow.
Have I mastered the discipline? Noooo... I'm not even close, yet. Maybe you could work with me?
(from Cambridge International Dictionary of English)
the combined power of a group of things when they are working together which is greater than the total power achieved by each working separately. Team work at its best results in a synergy that can be very productive.
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