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The human body works like a refinery

The main concern of a human being is to eat. What happens to all that food?

- Some of it is used locally.  About 20 million new cells are created every second to replace the dead ones.

- Some of it creates heat to maintain the body within a very narrow range of temperatures.

- Some of it becomes mechanical energy that we use to move things around.

- There is also some fertilizer that we recycle.

- Scientists say that 20% of our energy is used in the brain.

That makes a human being look like the cracking tower of a refinery.

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What is used in the material world may not be the most important. Let’s have a look at what has no shape, no color and no weight such as ideas and feelings. That makes a human being look like the cracking tower of a refinery.

In a cracking tower the input is the crude oil. Out of it come fuel for ships, cars, planes.... and a residue. Heavy products move to the bottom and lighter products move to the top.

In a cracking tower the input is the crude oil. Out of it come fuel for ships, cars, planes.... and a residue. Heavy products move to the bottom of the tower and lighter products move to the top.

In a human being the input is food. The fertilizer moves to the bottom. Ideas and feelings move to the top. Heat is at the limit between the material world and the intangible.

Mother Nature is using

human beings to extract ideas

and feeling from her plants.

Part of our food is being recycled (the fertilizers). Chances are that bad ideas and bad feelings are also left aside for us to recycle. What is Mother Nature doing with the love that we extract from her plants?

Our vegetables may be pointing us in the right direction. They extract nutrients from the soil and make food that will be harvested by the humans. Who could be harvesting the love produced by humans? Angels? Aliens?

The big staircase

We all agree that there are three layers below us: matter, plants and animals and we move up from one layer to the next by adding something important.

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For instance you can move from plants to animals by adding movement. For more details you may want to look at List of angels in theology. You get the impression that we are of the 4th rod of a big ladder. In those circumstances it is not unreasonable to assume that there is at least one level above us.

The question is: What is above us, on level 5?  We cannot pretend to have proofs that would stand in a court of Law. We are only looking for clues. Let's try some extrapolations.

First extrapolation:

You move from one level to the level above by adding something important.

 -You move from matter to plants, by adding the ability to grow, to make seeds and to reproduce.

- You move from plants to animals by adding the ability to move. That may require a brain, muscles and very often a skeleton.

- You move from animals to humans by adding thinking.

To move from humans to the level above them, you would have to add something better than thinking.  This is something that we don’t have.

 

Second extrapolation:

To understand what happens at one level, you need access to the level above it.

-How can you explain that the water (level of matter) can overcome gravity, climb above the ground and take a certain shape? You need access to plants to understand what happens to matter.

- You need the bees (level of animals) to understand the level of the plants and their reproduction

- You would need access to the level above mankind to understand what happens to human beings.

Our glass ceiling

Those two extrapolations lead to the idea that to understand the human life, we would need access to the level above us. That would require something better than human thinking – something that we don’t have. This is our glass ceiling.

Humans have a common problem and it is nothing new. This problem has been with us for as long as historians can remember. We are on the fourth step of a long staircase and cannot climb higher.

What could the level 5 above us be made of? The candidates are something like energy, wisdom, love, consciousness, life, harmony...  Something that penetrates our life and penetrates the whole world.

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