What about the mixing of these two?...Starting with the symbology of it all...
Seems like an interesting combination of ideas to me. Starting with the 'Vitae' of it all,
surely we're talking about energy here. And as any 8th grade physicist will
tell you, energy...energy just is! Energy may or may not have an "essence"...a
source-ness to it, however, we know it permeats and is at the root of everything discoverable
so far in our known collective awareness...and Universe.
Speaking of energy, we have very little understanding of the scope of its dynamics. Some say the most sublte of energies is a thought. (I personally believe that's a pretty good starting place.) And, of course, we saw what happened when man discovered the power of an atom.
We do not understand the magic of energy yet. Our most advanced scientific discovery (still stumbling about the elephant of sub-atomic physics) is quantums ahead of the average man (human) or corporation (money) on the street. Even then, relatively (no pun intended) speaking, when it comes to energy, we're operating at a level of play equivalent to an adolescent's "chemistry set." For instance, our best scientific community observations suggest thoughts and the mind influence matter. They can not tell you in what way, nor by how much. We know it's that old energy game. We just do not understand it, nor how to play it well...yet.
They used to say it took a couple of decades for that proverbial "man on the street" to catch up with a particular frame of understanding by contemporary science. Of course, we know time and that "couple of decades" is shrinking dramatically. Still...between science and the average man on the street, we're not acting all that...er...bright in terms of actualizing the best understanding we already have.
When will we learn!?!
Speaking of learning, what about the other half of our CV equation, the 'curriculum' half?
Perhaps the easiest way to understand the 'curriculum' is to stand in front of the mirror and stare, or, sit quietly in a room and just gaze around, looking at everything both individually and all at once. Think about each object you look at, whether a nose, or a lamp, or a hand, or a painting in a frame, hanging on the wall. For the moment, allow your vision to sharpen or blur, fluidly. Give some consideration to the core components of each object...down to the molecular level if you dare. What does energy have to do with each object, each part of an object, each molecule of an object?
Are you beginning to fathom the scope of the curriculum? It's...big...really BIG! Indeed, we mortals have only a miniscule understanding of either size, scope or...personality when it comes to the magnitude of the "curriculum." And, we even suspect, as we understand something, we realize what's "under" that understanding is not solid...it's in motion...very fluid. Indeed, our matter as we conventionally know it consists of a lot of righteously independent, wild and not so crazy...stuff.
There is even the scientific consideration that we do not understand distance...space...very well, either. With our understanding of relativity, for instance, we suspect there is a vast amount of "distance" between our sub-atomic particles...perhaps infinite. And, at the same time, we can barely perceive the distance between particles with our electron microscopes, it seems so tiny. What gives here?
Indeed, there seems to be no end to the idea that the more you know, the more you know there is much more to know.
With infinite energy and an infinite magnitude of 'curriculum' to explore...one that seems to be ever expanding...it's easy to understand why we usually wear out our lifetime machines before we gather even a miniscule bit of understanding about what is going on in even our own tiny corner of the galaxy.
Seems like we...that is the individual we's "out there"...are largely stuck with choosing for ourselves that very personal direction towards understanding...satisfying that child-like curiosity...we take in any given lifetime.
Lots of thoughts surface with this understanding. You know, "Well then you better choose wisely." Or even, "You made your bed, now lay in it", as the end produce of a "bad" choice. Most of these thought-tones will surface from a lack of awareness and a lack of a sense of choice. They are formulated from a structure that is indeed, self-limiting.
Technically, according to our leading edge science, there can be no "bottom line." For the sake of argument here, the "bottom line" is we are always living within our self-imposed limitations...there simply is no other kind. (Ask leading edge science.) So, to have a "vital curriculum" in one's life experience, one surely has to insist on both taking the proverbial "bull by the horns", and on being responsible for one's actions (the results of any life experiment we may participate in).