“Good! Congratulations to you on making such great progress in your cognitive ability! If you can use this knowledge to understand life, to understand the world and to understand what I have told you, then you can discriminate the true from the false (a Chinese expression means one who listens to suggestions, all sides of the facts can discriminate the true from the false – from Jiegang)!
I can be reasonable too, if you can be, let me finish this great imaginative tale about the starry celestial universe!
Remember what I have told you before. The elemental elements themselves in the Great Vastness do not possess the function to perform chemical reactions and physical reactions, they are dissociated and move within the boundless space with their own complete and individual characteristics, thus they can not form infinite varieties of shapes and states of material form by themselves. The variations are possible only when exposed to external force, they then become forms and substances, remarkable structures that may be a delight for the eyes. But no matter how the forms vary, their ontological attributes always remain. Today’s mankind postulates the law of conservation of matter, which provides a continuity of material foundation for the eternal world.
What is the ontological attribute of elementary elements? They have distinctive characteristics of themselves. For example, gold is gold, silver is silver, hydrogen is hydrogen, and oxygen is oxygen. Although water can be composed of hydrogen and oxygen under external force, water has its own distinctive characteristics, it does not
exhibit the characteristics of elementary hydrogen and oxygen. This phenomenon explains how the characteristics of water supersede the elementary characteristics of hydrogen and oxygen (in this example hydrogen and oxygen do not appear with their own characteristics, but appear as a special combined substance, as a combined element, it appears with the unique characteristics of the combined element), but we can’t say that the characteristics of hydrogen and oxygen are changed by the characteristics of water, or made to disappear. Because when reduction of water happens as a result of external force, hydrogen and oxygen again come into existence again by displaying their original features, or their own characteristics!
Modern science calls this kind of phenomenon a chemical reaction, in which a new substance is formed by the special combination of other substances (it is special because the characteristics of the original substance are unapparent in the characteristics of the new substance). Modern science calls another kind of phenomenon physical action in which new substance is formed by the combination of substances, but the characteristics of the original substance are not changed by the characteristics of the new substance. After mankind discovered these two phenomenons which new substances are formed by the combination of substances, these principles became the basis for mankind to make new substances. Gradually these principles were advanced to countless ways and methods, thus mankind can create a more and more abundant and varied material world. Nevertheless, although there are innumerable ways to create matter, they are all created by the above two basic means. Reflect and think about it, doesn’t it confirm what I have told you before: There is simplicity within the complex, and there is complexity within simple? Ha, ha, ha --- ” ( ha in this paragraph and the next mean laughing – from Jiegang)