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tfindlay
Keymaster

    There seems to be a mystical mysterious intention that caused the pattern of developing complexity and self-organization of nature.

    Rather than “intention” I prefer to use the Neo-Confusion idea of an “organizing principle”. They refer to this principle as “li” and call that which it organizes “qi”. Jeremy Lent discusses this in both of his books “The Patterning Instinct” and “The Web of Meaning”.

    To me, “organizing principle” is no less mysterious than “mysterious intention” but it is less anthropomorphic. It doesn’t imply an intelligence or consciousness having a will or intention. It still leaves the heart of existence a wondrous mystery.