I prefer to use logic-driven science-world as an escape from the chaotic human-world and take solace in sticking only to scientific subjects, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain impervious to what is happening around us, especially in our country. If there is one word that describes state of India today, it is disagreement. There is so much of disagreement all around us that one is forced to look at the phenomenon of disagreement vis-à-vis its impact on a system.
In a very broad sense, the physical world we live in is made of agreement. All the quanta that our world is made of appear to be in general agreement that we call universal laws. Big things and small things are in agreement about big attracting the small. Energy has agreed to lose a part of itself in every exchange. On the whole, the universe is at peace and the clockwork of reality keeps ticking because of this agreeability or law-abidingness.
Interestingly, even if the law-abidingness exists in plethora around us, we have now discovered that not all the quanta are ready to fall in line. Our universe looks largely deterministic, but it still holds a surprise of uncertainty within its micro-working. The law-abidingness is not completely universal. There exists disagreement hidden inside a world that we call quantum world.
Personally, I love this disagreement, as it could be the very essence of existence as we experience it. If you imagine a perfect universe that has no disagreeable quanta causing any uncertainty, it actually need not manifest through physical existence. Such a universe could simply be “written down” i.e. abstracted with no real need to “run”. It is only a universe that has some amount of lawlessness that will actually unfold into a dynamic physical manifestation where events need to “happen” to find the outcome.
Our universe, as we understand it at this point, is a system that is in general agreement at large scale but has special disagreements at small scale. The general agreement allows us to have a coherent reality that our brain can process, but the special disagreement is what is providing it an open-ended future. We live in a world where what-next is substantially predictable but not certain. It is a beautiful arrangement that has a lattice of order that prevents us from going insane, but also vibrancy of disorder that keep us constantly interested.
While we understand the importance of disagreement and the need of its existence to form the reality as it is, there is one important aspect that needs our attention and that is quantum of disagreement.
Our brain’s success in keeping us alive is a great indicator of the fact that large part of the reality we live in is law-abiding. Brain has succeeded by focusing mainly on identifying, storing and using laws of the reality because the embedded uncertainty is marginal. Our reality is fathomable or coherent because it is built around only a small bit of disagreement. This is an extremely important feature because it allows us to handle our reality using probability. God does appear to be throwing dice in our universe, but the dice is loaded. It is loaded enough for us to work out its probable outcome.
The structure of our universe tells us that disagreement is a must, but it also tells us that it works only in small quantum. If disagreement becomes overwhelming, it will destroy coherence of any system.
India, as it is functioning now is slowly reaching a level where the very lattice of agreement is getting destroyed. We have disagreement permeating to all levels. It looks extremely likely that, if this is allowed to continue, our nation will lose its structure and coherence.
To survive, we must focus of strengthening the broad framework of values that bind our nation by bringing them in the public discourse instead of the deeply undermining disagreements that are becoming center of national attention.