Entelechy, (from Greek entelecheia) – in philosophy, that which realizes or makes actual what is otherwise merely potential.
Entelechy is a term first coined by Aristotle, which refers to the innate purpose that is the driver of all life. It refers to the unstoppable motive for our potential to strive toward becoming actual.
The entelechy of an acorn is to become a mighty oak tree.
Simply put, entelechy is the actualization of potential.
It could be said that this is the purpose of life – to ultimately become what we can become – to actualize our potential. Our purpose is to be constantly striving, evolving, changing, inching our way toward perfection. The alchemists were working out how to speed up this process.
Scientific materialism asserts that life is meaningless, purposeless and completely random. On the contrary, everything in existence has entelechy – everything has purpose and potential. The universe is indeed evolving, not blindly toward imminent heat death as science claims, but toward absolute perfection, union and harmony.
We all have entelechy. We all have untapped potential. We all have purpose.
Just like an acorn will inevitably become an oak tree unless its growth is externally blocked, we too will inevitably reach our potential unless something stands in our way (and many things do indeed stand in our way).
Here’s a few simple questions to ponder:
Are the institutions, companies and organizations that run our world interested in the actualization of human potential?
Do they bring out the best in us? Or the worst in us?
Do they provide fertile soil for us all to flourish?
Have we all been starving from the root, attempting to nourish ourselves in barren soil?
What is the point of consumerism and freemarket capitalism?
What is the point of our society?
What’s the purpose of all of this?
We need to get back in touch with our purpose, our potential, our entelechy – both as individuals and as a collective.
It’s time to turn our gaze toward the stars and explore what is truly possible for us all.
We need a compelling vision of the future that will inspire us to become our best selves and actualize our true potential.
It’s time to transform ourselves and the world at large.
And thus, our Great Work begins…