The physical Universe composes of physical matter; the science for investigating the structure and mechanics of physical matter is named "Physics."
Physical matter is particulate and dynamic; physical matter is always changing due to the forward time trajectory produced as a result of matter's half-spin property.
As a result of the constant changing physical Universe, the physically embodied mind, which always remains rooted in the present moment, and always has the experience of "right here, right now," must continually make choices regarding the constant changing matter.
The Narrative is the science of understanding the structure and mechanics of choices.
The Narrative is the all-inclusive story; The Narrative is the structure of the story, the mechanics of the story, and the content of the story. All of history, all of religion, all of politics, all of knowledge of all kinds are included in The Narrative.
The ego, or self image, is the narrative of a particular living body. When a body is created and enters the physical world, the mind that is attached to the body must begin making choices. These choices begin the process of creating a narrative for that particular body.
Part of the body's narrative is predetermined by the history, culture, and physical properties related to the body's creation. As the ego develops, it has a certain amount of flexibility in choosing its own narrative, and this becomes the personality associated with the body.
Every living thing, within the scope of its body's senses and thinking processes, develops an individual ego based upon the unique choices inherent to each physical incarnation. As each physical body experiences the physical world from its unique place in both the spatial and temporal order, a unique personality develops around that physical body, which is animated by its "life force."
The Mind and Body
To some extent, the individual personality is hard wired based on the DNA of its body, the culture it was born into, the cultural and political beliefs of its parents and peers, and the general condition of the environment in which it lives.
The immediate physical world of the individual personality is its primary focus because if the body fails, then the ego fails with it. To this end, the optimum objective for an ego is to always maintain the health of its physical body. The factors that contribute to the physical health of the body are related to the physical sciences, and will not be covered in this essay.
Coexisting with the body is a mental world based upon the physical senses of the body, but which also bases on the choices made by the life force, and which results in the ego's personal narrative. This personal narrative then interacts with a greater Narrative.
History of the Narrative
In modern times, we have built enormous infrastructure to magnify the reach of our interaction with the greater Narrative. Electronic communications, books, movies, theater, cell phones, and much more, links each ego into a great network with seemingly unlimited possibilities for a shared narrative.
In historical times, the greater narrative was controlled by politicians, rulers, clergy, and heads of households, in seemingly unlimited variations of narratives. Even within a specific culture or religion, there are different narratives for different days of the week, different days of the month, and different months of the year. There are different narratives for countless different reasons. The reach of the narrative was limited only by the ability to communicate, which often was not beyond the reach of the physical body.
Local theater and folklore were the main vehicles for the early narratives. As books came into production, the range of the narrative was able to increase. Those who wrote books discovered a new found source of power, wealth, and influence. In later times the newspaper, magazines, and public squares further expanded the reach of The Narrative. As the reach of the narrative increased, new laws were enacted to govern its influence. As The Narrative further increased, societies began to provide public education to spread The Narratives even further. Eventually the minds of the average folks began to see the power of The Narrative, and further bought into technological developments, which further spread the reach of The Narrative. Today, the global narrative is highly interconnected and instantaneous.
Science of the Narrative
Just as physics helps us to understand how the physical world functions, there is also a branch of science that helps us to understand how The Narrative functions. The science behind The Narrative is still in infancy, but it has been emerging in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy, and in some religions.
Our physical world is very local. We may be able to travel long distances, but at any point along the journey we can only interact physically from our body within a fairly short reach. Our physical health is primarily a very local experience, which involves eating, sleeping, working, and other physical functions. And even though our thinking takes place inside our body, through modern technology our perception is not as limited in range as our physical functions.
We can imagine or visualize infinite possibilities within our mind, and our mental reach is vastly improved through technology. The content of these possibilities already fills countless terrabytes of computer storage, countless books, numerous libraries, and numerous monuments. The possibilities of one mind are easily shared with other minds through various forms of communication. The total of all these mental possibilites form the structure and mechanics of The Narrative.
As we behold the enormity of The Narrative, it can seem overwhelming. And for many egos, it is overwhelming, and The Narrative can easily lead to mental illness. In today's world, mass hysteria is a real danger, as we have seen through the recent and current pandemic.
Just as we must occasionally rest our body and step back from the physical world to analyze our situation and to recuperate, we also must occasionally rest our mind and step back from The Narrative to analyze our situation and to recuperate.
Unlike the physical body, which is locally contained and has a relatively short range, the ego can plug into a narrative and become part of a much greater process. The more egos that join a particular narrative, the more power that narrative gathers. The narrative, itself, takes on a life of its own. For example, a group of physical beings congregate to form a community. There are practical physical reasons for building a physical community. The community is held together by a narrative, whatever that narrative may be. The narrative can take the form of laws, beliefs, commitments, or any kind of shared idea.
The ego, which is the part of us that makes choices in a changing world, then projects those choices into The Narrative, and also receives guidance from The Narrative that further affects its choices. The greater Narrative is similar to a large projection screen that has multiple projectors aimed at it, and which the projectors maintain The Narrative, but the projection screen also projects feedback into the projectors to guide the projectionist. We are interacting with The Narrative, and The Narrative is interacting back with us; it is as though The Narrative is a life form of itself.
The Narrative as a Life Form
The idea of The Narrative being a life form of itself is also reflected in the physical world. Within any living being there are organs that make up the living being, such as a heart, brain, endocrine system, etc. Each of these organs are living things of themselves with specific functions, and are themselves composed from individual cells. And each of these cells, having their own functions are composed of individual molecules, which also have individual functions, and so on.
The Narrative is actually a higher order living organism within the realm of the mind, and there are many different forms of sub narratives. The sub narratives have their own existence, and each of those sub narratives have further sub narratives. Volumes have been written about The Narrative and all of its sub narratives, and many more volumes have been lost to history, even while new volumes of knowledge are continually being written.
Evolution and Cycles
As physical matter continually changes, and the individual egos continually make choices, The Narrative also continually evolves. The evolution of The Narrative continually changes, but many components of The Narrative are continually recycled. Patterns emerge in The Narrative over durations of various scales. Certain narratives are meant to repeat and coincide with certain physical cycles, other narratives just change in cycles of circular reasoning.
Just as the physical Universe is constantly in a state of change, The Narrative is necessarily also constantly in a state of change. No narrative, no matter how sound or unstable, exists in steady state for all time. Thus the rise and fall of civilizations will always occur. The rise and fall of religions will always occur. When one narrative is in decline, another narrative will be ascending in popularity.
Laws of the Narrative
As in physics, even though the structure of a thing is changing, the mechanics for how change occurs remains constant; that is, there are laws of physics, and there are laws of The Narrative.
The laws of The Narrative include its own quanta (choices), its own form of entropy, its own form of cause and effect, and its own forms of units such as force, energy, momentum, potential, capacitance, etc.
The Narrative is not just an evolutionary mistake involving random thoughts in humans on Earth; The Narrative is as old as the Universe and extends to all life forms, and well beyond the reach of our own planet. Considering that records of physical existence going back billions of years exist within the crust of the Earth, there must be evidence of The Narrative equally hidden in the structures around us, such as in our DNA.
Uncovering the laws behind The Narrative is a different activity from the taxonomy of cataloging the various narratives. Cataloging the various narratives is the function of encyclopedias and libraries. The discovery of the laws of The Narrative is within the domain of laboratories and research centers.