Disconnected Entities

They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

It’s not unusual to discover connections or patterns in seemingly ordinary events or days or even in people. You begin to focus on the most minute details, as you are forced to live through the, more or less same sequence of events every day. Our mind is designed in such a manner that we never stop learning. In essence, while everything seems repetitive and usual everyday, you’re inadvertently registering details that you will again, unbeknownst to yourself, may or may not make use of, in the near future.

So, when I had someone tell me that books and life were two different entities, I was very reluctant to agree to that. Firstly, because I tend to believe everything and everyone is connected in one way or the other thus making the idea of disconnected entities seem perfectly absurd. I’m not saying everyone and everything is similar, just connected or related or atleast have something in common.

There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns.
If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself.
What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can’t decipher. what we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we can’t read we call gibberish.
There is no free will.
There are no variables.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

Books and life can’t be different, their nature is, I agree; one is almost abstract and the other is atleast physically present. But books are often inspired by life, written to escape the harsh reality of life, to capture a memory in time, to express feelings etc. all of which have their very own link to life thereby making books, a collection of such connections and hence connected to life in the finest of manners.

I’ve often felt that patterns manifest as an embodiment of these unseen connections. Designs on something as small as an individual leaf or even certain habits can often be perceived as patterns. No one can influence these patterns simply because they weren’t brought about or artificially made in the first place. They sometimes just appear or have always existed. We just never stare long enough to register them or perceive them as patterns. Hence, they seem random or chance events or designs.

THE WORLD IS made of patterns. The rings of a tree. The raindrops on the dusty ground. The path the sun follows from morning to dusk.
― Kathi Appelt, The Underneath

There is an even more interesting and fascinating example present abundantly in nature. Straying a little away from the specific but to appreciate the wider idea, I’m making use of a little Mathematics here!!

Fibonacci, also known as Leonardo Bigollo Pisano (born in 1170 in Pisa, died in Pisa), was an Italian mathematician from the Republic of Pisa, considered to be “the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages”(Wikipedia).

The Fibonacci numbers, commonly denoted by Fn, form a sequence, called the Fibonacci sequence that is believed to go on forever like the value of pi. This sequence is such that each number is the sum of the two preceding ones, starting from 0 and 1. The beginning of the sequence is thus 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89…

Perceiving the world as well designed and thus the product of a designer, and even seeing divine providence in the daily affairs of life, may be the product of a brain adapted to finding patterns in nature.
― Michael Shermer, Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design

The golden ratio, derived from this sequence describes predictable patterns on everything from tiny atoms to stars. It is a number that’s approximately equal to 1.618. It is often denoted by φ, the Greek alphabet, read ‘phi’. There is also a golden rectangle (shown below) which is a rectangle whose side lengths are in the golden ratio, which is, approximately 1.618.

Golden spiral is a logarithmic spiral whose growth factor is φ, the golden ratio. A golden spiral gets wider by a factor of φ for every quarter turn it makes.
Source: Wikipedia

From where we stand the rain seems random. If we could stand somewhere else, we would see the order in it.
― Tony Hillerman, Coyote Waits

As to how the Fibonacci sequence is related to the Golden ratio, consider dividing each number in the sequence by the previous number. This would give:
and so on up to 144/89 = 1.6179….
The resulting sequence is:
1, 2, 1.5, 1.666…, 1.6, 1.625, 1.615…, 1.619…, 1.6176…, 1.6181…, 1.6179…
It can clearly be seen that the values appear to get closer and closer to 1.618—the value of φ, the golden ratio!!

Isn’t it incredibly fascinating?! Please watch this video to understand it better!

Pay attention to the intricate patterns of your existence that you take for granted.
― Doug Dillon

A quick disclaimer that the parts excluding the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio were merely my thoughts and have no validity whatsoever from an educational point of view. The golden ratio however is widely used in architecture, photography, painting and even in finance!

Thank you so much for reading! What do you think?

70 thoughts on “Disconnected Entities

  1. This is such a great post filled with so much meaning! I so agree that we are all connected, not just humans but, everything. I really love this, much love to you 💛🤗

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  2. Thought provoking post! I can’t help but state that because there are patterns, there has to be a creator. Think about it, all the patterns in our world couldn’t have just appeared randomly. Just saying. Also, you kinda lost me with the math thing. 😉 WAY to smart for me sometimes, D!! 😉 I love these posts of yours!!

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  3. Interesting post that reminded me of a mesmerizing 3d show I saw last year, Mesmerica 360. It is a visual and sound feast that features transcendent music set to moving patterns, both digital and those found in nature. If you aren’t familiar you might enjoy watching the short video from the website, https://www.jameshood.com/mesmerica360. Or search Mesmerica 360. Thanks for the share.

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  4. Great post. It had me till the end. The starting and then the relation of books, life and patterns was just awesome. The little addition of the YouTube video just ended it on a high note. Felt like watching a show in an auditorium. Very well written 💗💗

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  5. That’s the best thing I’ve heard all day! That’s an interesting thought! But that’s a grey area wher both Religion and Science meet. I think we still need to find a relation there too😂
    Is that so? It’s very interesting, Millay and not complicated at all. Just try to process it slowly 😉 The video explains it really well!
    Aw.. thank you so much for your kind comment!!❤️

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  6. Guten Tag

    Die Stimme des Herzens
    das Sprachrohr der Seele

    wir sind allen Dingen
    in der Betrachtung
    dem Innern
    der Wirklichkeit
    von Welt
    dem Sein des Lebens
    ein kleiner Moment

    unser Geist
    hört man ihm zu
    dem Innen und Aussen
    er lässt das Fassbare
    das Unfassbare
    jedes Ereignis
    einer subjektiven
    Wahrnehmung zu

    das Buch hält
    die Gedanken
    die Überlegungen
    von Menschen
    das Formale in Zeichen fest
    die mit dem lesen
    in der Betrachtung
    aus dem Winterschlaf
    im eigenen Bewusstsein
    werden erweckt

    Zahlen die verborgene
    Muster dem Denken
    spiegeln die Wirklichkeit
    von Welt
    ohne die Tiefe
    allen Seins
    die Wurzel des Lebens
    aller Dinge im Kosmos
    der Zeit erfassen zu können

    Herzliche Grüße
    Hans Gamma


    Good day

    The voice of the heart
    the mouthpiece of the soul

    we are all things
    in contemplation
    the inside
    of the reality
    of the world
    the being of life
    a little moment

    our mind
    every human being
    to him
    the inside and outside
    he leaves the tangible
    the unbelievable
    every event
    a subjective one
    perception to

    the book holds
    the deliberations
    of people
    the formal in signs
    those with reading
    in contemplation
    out of hibernation
    in our own consciousness
    are awakened

    the hidden one
    Pattern to thinking
    open up
    reflect reality
    of the world
    without the depth
    all being
    the root of life
    of all things in the cosmos
    a time
    to be able to capture

    Best regards
    Hans Gamma

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  7. …Amazing, D. I love this post. I don’t know why, but a quote popped into my head as I was reading this-
    “Grandma Ranjana says that I breathe patterns the way other people breath air.” It’s from a book called Chasing Vermeer, and this book is ALL about patterns.
    Hey, we did a Fibonacci project for school last year! It was fun.
    AMAZING post.
    stay sticky,

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  8. I’m a math nerd, so this post was so fun to read!! I completely agree that books and life have to be connected. Without the events that happen in our lives, there wouldn’t be anything interesting to write about. And also, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the connections between the Fibonacci sequences (I love that one). Thanks for a great read, as always, D! 🙂 ❤

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  9. That’s so cool!Math gets a lot of undeserved hate. Maths is one of my favourite subjects too but Science comes first 😂
    I’m so glad you agree! That’s a great way to put it! A bit of reality coupled with imagination can do wonders 😉 I’m so happy to hear that!
    Thank you so very much for taking the time to read and share your views!!❤️✨

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  10. Me too! They’re so random but such incredible occurrences! Yes, they’re often presented as distinct ideas. I didn’t know they were related until a few weeks ago!
    I’m delighted to hear that!! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! 😊

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  11. Glad you do, pbs! Wow, that’s a beautiful quote!! Thank you for the book recommendation, I’ll check it out soon! It sounds cool!
    That must have been incredible!! It’s such a fascinating idea!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read!!💕

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  12. Woah! I totally agree that books and life are connected. How could a writer write a story without using their own or someone else’s life experience even in the tiniest way? How could books be completely disconnected from life?
    You make a good point here!

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  13. That sounds interesting! What would you say Christianity is? I’m a Christian myself and would love to hear your views!
    Always a pleasure to write and have people like you read!🤗💕You too!
    (Also, I googled ‘mathy’ and it is a real word😯 I think it’s my new favourite now😂 Thank you for sharing!!)

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  14. Here, I found a common definition for religion…”Religion is a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, and spiritual elements.” Though that may not be the most accurate definition, but it is an extremely and common definition. Religion is a practice while Christianity is faith-based. It doesn’t have a “quota” that you have to fill in order to be a good human, like Mormonism or Muslim. It is a belief that (as you believe) that God sent his Son to die so that we may be saved. We didn’t deserve it. We don’t have to fulfill a special list of rules in order to become His children. It is all through grace. That is why I don’t believe Christianity is subject to the common definition of religion. Another definition states that religion is the belief in a supernatural deity, which I think is more accurate, though it doesn’t fully encapsulate the meaning of Christianity. That average person usually (I think at least) defines religion as the first definition. That is what I think at least. I love talking about this kinda stuff so it is nice to have people who are as intelligent as you to discuss it with!!
    Seriously?! *pumps fist* yes! Haha! Thank YOU for sharing, D! xoxo

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  15. Also, have you heard of Jonathan Park? It is a Christian audio drama, that is pretty cheesy, but has some really cool science stuff in it. I remember learning about the Fibonacci numbers in it…and being totally confused. 😉 Haha!

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  16. I’m a Christian myself and while I agree with your views, I tend to consider Christianity as a religion or a practice or a way of life that revolves around the belief that God sent his only son to redeem mankind of their sins. We do have a Bible, a Church and certain practices that set Christians apart. Anyone can most definitely be a Christian but I don’t think it’s just about faith. I think it’s about believing and trying to emulate Jesus in being a good person. I think the first definition is pretty much, well said. I don’t really like using the word supernatural because Jesus did appear as a human after all.
    Me too!! (not too much with adults because they tell me I’m too young to talk about topics like this 😂) I could say the same about you!!
    *fist pumps back* Always a pleasure!

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  17. Yes, too true! I don’t appreciate it when people who claim Christianity, turn around and don’t, as you said, emulate the example Jesus set for us. I just find Christianity to be set apart from other “religions” for it is based around the concept of God’s Grace. No other religions have that. So, I think it is not truly identifying to throw Christianity in as a “religion” when it is so much more than a list of rules one needs to follow in order to get to heaven. That’s true, (about the supernatural thing) I hadn’t thought of that…
    Ikr? Doesn’t that get annoying?! Thanks for always being so open for discussion!

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  18. That, I agree with! It’s definitely different from the other religions. Isn’t that why we have different religions?😂 Each one of them is so diverse and has an incredible number of core ideals. Yes, it’s definitely not just a list of rules, it’s a way of living, a place of refuge and just a comforting anchor to hold onto.
    It sure does! It’s sad that you need to be a grown up to be taken seriously.
    You too!! It’s nice to talk and get our views out there!

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