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Fractal Connectedness and Broccoli
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Fractal Connectedness and Broccoli

As is so eloquently demonstrated by the accompanying picture, the world around us is abound with patterns and hidden mysteries, many of which the average person can easily miss. The bulk of these patterns and mysteries sit deep in the makeup of ourselves, and intangible things like our awareness and minds.

Pictured here is a type of broccoli, known as Romanesco Broccoli, which has a painfully blatant fractal design, constituted of repeating, spiral patterns.

Briefly, a fractal is an infinite set of self-repeating patterns, present on all scales of measurement and magnification. Each level is a reflection and made up of the same form over and over again, revealing essentially that nothing is really there in the first place. The smallest elements of life are formed together via such a formula which pervades exponentially to enable the manifestation of such patterns as that of the broccoli on a macroscopic scale. But why does this matter, you may ask? Well, if you exist, then this concerns you, because health and general well-being are not merely reserved for that which we can see with our eyes. The core of health and well-being lies deep inside, at the level where the threshold of the senses no longer exists, because at such a level, all that there is are the constituents which manifest form–the framework of this body that we try to care for so dearly.

Fractals describe more than just dazzling visual renderings on a computer screen. Nature and, in fact, all of existence are constructed of a fractal makeup. To put it simply and relate it to health, when the atoms (and parts below the atoms) of the body all have everything they need, then so too do the molecules. When the molecules have everything they need, so too do the cells and their parts. When they are functioning correctly, then entire body systems can function properly, and then the body, and then personal relationships, and up and up and up, until all of existence lives in harmony because everyone has everything that they need. Humans are the fractal representation of cells, who are all functioning in a “body” called society. Society is part of the community of the earth, which in turn is part of a larger community of celestial bodies, and on and on. There quite literally is not limit to the connections that we all share between ourselves and everything else–the mind is also included in this “limitlessness” category. And all this reflected in the humble bushel of broccoli. So this is why we should care not only about fractals, but also the well-being of everyone and everything that we share our world with. When you look, you will see yourself, so do unto yourself as you would have yourself do unto to you.


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  1. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    This is amazing I have never seen Romanesco Broccoli, before. You make this broccoli into a work of art with your words. I now feel like this broccoli is not for eating but for painting. I feel like I need to get out my paint brush and paint this image. Simply amazing and yet so eatable. I have voted on this and now want to paint this image.
    1. Still Mind
      Still Mind
      Hi Julie. Thank you very much for reading and voting for my post. Haha well, if/when you do end up painting it, I would definitely like to see it. I always love a good piece of art. :-) Yeah, a vegetable that beautiful is certainly not just for eating.
  2. No Name
    Julie, I agree with you. This picture is excellent and looks like a still life image and not something you would cook and eat. Voted. BTW not a bad idea to paint this one. I love to paint and might give this one a try. Would be an interesting subject matter. Thanks for the idea on this one.
    1. Still Mind
      Still Mind
      Thank you Naya for the vote. I hope the painting comes out well :-)
  3. Jose Rodriguez
    Very interesting indeed. Voted
    1. Still Mind
      Still Mind
      Thank you very much for reading and your vote. Much appreciated ^_^
  4. Veganara
    Voted. Great blog. I agree with you, about all the principles you describe. Have you changed your user-name from Simplify, by the way? You might be interested in my latest recipe, My Magnifique Creamy Vegetable Soup, please check it out and vote if you like it! :-)
    1. Still Mind
      Still Mind
      Thank you! Yes, I changed my user name to reflect my main blog on Wordpress. Oh, creamy vegetable soup sounds yummy. I will check out the recipe, definitely :-) Thank you for reading and voting, Veganara ^_^
  5. Granny Smith
    Granny Smith
    First time I ever saw this. Where did you find this and where can I buy it?
    1. Still Mind
      Still Mind
      Hehe, well this picture I stumbled across while doing my research a while ago, actually. But I'm looking into finding seeds so that I can grow this in my garden, along with my corn and other fruits and vegetables. I'm not sure where this can be bought fully grown, but I would like to find out. Thank you for reading :-)
  6. Eve Sherrill York
    Eve Sherrill York
    Interesting, amazing ,etc. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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