on a self-organizing universe
The universe is both self-organizing and self-correcting. The invisible hand that makes our heart beat and our lungs breathe is at work on multi-dimensional levels, arranging not only the extraordinary physical processes that keep us alive but also what we experience: insights, relationships, improbable meetings, creative moments, falling in love, emotions, and miraculous occurrences.
The universe, in fact, is one miracle after another, one stroke of genius followed by another stroke of its genius in an endless flow of opportunity for life to fulfill itself. And nature is not limited to the so-called natural world. It's as much a stroke of genius that you're sitting next to whom you're sitting next to on the bus today, as that your liver is purifying your blood. The universe is intentional. It doesn't do anything by accident.
The difference between the so -called natrual world, and you and me, is that you and I can say "No." The embryo doesn't have a choice whether or not to become a baby; the acorn doesn't have a choice whether or not to become an oak tree; the bud doesn't have a choice whether or not to be come a blossom. But you and I have a choice whether or not to allow life to fulfill itself through us. And the choice we make then determines not only who we will be in the world but also the experiences we will have here.