If you search for “fundamental laws of life” search engines will spill out many results that are far from similar to each other. But, aren’t the laws of life supposed to be universal, especially if they’re fundamental? To go deeper, in this post, I’ll explore options that don’t only apply to life but go beyond and can also be applied to everything else in existence.
The Domains That Study the Fundamental Principles of Life
The three main domains that study life are religion, philosophy, and science.
The fundamental laws of life according to religion
There are thousands of religions on earth, and each proposes a different answer to the question. Some of the main religions are Christianity, Islam, Buddhism Taoism. None of these religions agree on what the fundamental principles of life are.
The fundamental laws of life according to philosophy
Some of the most popular philosophers in the history of mankind are Plato, Michel de Montaigne, Kant, Nietzsche, Aristotle, Descartes, etc. The most famous philosophers are more known for having contrasting ideas on what the fundamental principles of life are.
The fundamental laws of life according to science
Life is such a complex condition that even in science it had to be broken down into more manageable parts. Different scientific domains approach the study of life in different ways. Some of the scientific domains that study life include mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry.
The most fundamental truths of life should be universal and independent of a domain. So, what are the fundamental aspects of life that apply to all things alike?
The true fundamental and universal principles of life
Life — and everything else in the universe — is all about Influence. Influence creates experience, experience builds information, and information leads to change. So, the most fundamental aspects of life, that equally holds true across all domains of study and area of belief are:
- and change.
There are other vital sub aspects of life but I find these four to be at the center of it all. These principles apply to all living beings and none living things alike.
Influence triggers experience, experience builds up information, and information fuels change.
A subatomic particle, a person, a table and anything else you can think of all have identities: that which differentiates one from the other. An electron is an electron as it experiences itself as it is, which makes it behave as such. Two people, even if genetically identical, can not have the exact same experiences. The differences in experiences create an identity and build up information.
The identity of one depends on the information one possesses. And the information is determined by what it has experienced. Everything each person goes through is recorded and this fuels the change that comes next.
Everything you go through in life leads you to where you find yourself, and the information about where you find yourself determines what comes next. Things changed to lead to where you find yourself now, same as what you’ll find now will change to what you’ll find later.
Once you become aware of these fundamental truths of life, how do you proceed with this knowledge? These truths are intertwined and not to be treated individually. So, as you experience yourself at the moment, remember something changed to lead you there, based on the information that was gathered along the way, and that you’ll eventually change going forward, as you’re influenced by your surroundings.
You should aim to understand these principles more deeply and hold them close.
Some of the many ways to tap into these principles are:
- Use awareness to experience yourself and the world around you, as much as possible. This way, you will be able to gravitate more towards the experiences of your choice as the information you gather leads to the upcoming change.
- If you want to make a change, focus on the experiences that will build the information that will trigger the change you want to see. As the saying goes: whatever you focus on grows. If you focus on yourself, you grow; if you focus on shit, shit grows.
- Remember, as experiences change, information changes too. The new information may lead to a different outcome than the information you had. Always update the information you gather as frequently as possible.
Now that we’ve established that the most fundamental aspects of life are influence, experience, information, and change, how do we know what experience to gravitate towards and what information to hold on to? How do we know what experiences will fuel the change we want?
Some go to religion to find answers in spirituality, some search for answers in philosophy — relying on pure logic, and others go to science to look for answers in observation and experimentation.