One (adj): Being a single unit or thing – Merriam Webster Dictionary
In his Essays in Science, Albert Einstein writes, “evolution has shown that at any given moment, out of all conceivable constructions, a single one has always proved itself absolutely superior to all the rest…The important point for us to observe is that all these constructions and the laws connecting them can be arrived at by the principle of looking for the mathematically simples concepts and the link between them. In the limited nature of the mathematically existent simple fields and the simple equations possible between them, lies the theorist’s hope of grasping the real in all its depths.”
Could Jesus have been the theorist who grasped the real in all it’s depths? Preston Harold writes:
The ancient, then would have had to employ the simplest number: one. One is adjective, capable of adding to or being added to, yet itself unity, a complete whole, indestructible, a coherence that regardless of how often it is self-divided or self-multiplied is no more and no less than it was. The ancient’s every expression about one must be made in the simplest possible way, and he must also convey the full significance of the mathematically simplest link between the mathematically simplest concept: one and one, choosing a symbol that would in time come to express the significance of organization – as Eddington says, the significant of and. Thus, he must choose the cross +.
Here’s a view of the cross I’ve never before entertained. As a symbol for “and.” Of course taking it out of a religious context expands the view considerably. Why hadn’t I ever thought of this before?
Jesus chose the cross, and He based His teaching upon the number one. He said, “Why call me ‘good’…? one alone is good…” He said that one is teacher, leader, Father. His message points to the absolutely superior concept of one itself. If one and its nature and working could be understood, in time understanding of all else must follow. Jesus saw that each One drawn into expression as “I” must contain the quality and quantity inherent in one: ”
…as the Father has life in himself, so too he has granted the Son to have life in himself…it is not the will of your Father in heaven that a single one of these little ones should be lost.
Can the will of one be thwarted – even by one itself? So wondrous are one’s ways, so unlimited are its possibilities, that man calls it “God.”
In our next post we’ll look at the nature of an elemental unit of energy, delving at length into the work of Sir Arthur Eddington. Until then, peace.