The theme of this paper sounds surprising
because it seems extreme. Chemistry is just a branch of
natural sciences, not even part of the humanities. How
could chemistry be the "queen," much less "the queen of
the humanities"? The answer lies in a pivotal notion of
"mixing." Mixing is a verb that can be lugged around
as a power to enliven all things, for a "thing" consists in
mixing elements together into its existence. All this goes
familiarly this way, thanks to chemistry informing us.
Chemistry gives us 100 or so "chemical elements."
They are "elements" to mix into concrete things, and these
elements are called "chemical," not physical. This is
because concrete water is 2 hydrogen elements chemically
mixed with one oxygen element. And so, chemistry is
the science of mixing elements to change into things thus
chemically mixed together.
The "concrete" is mixed in concrescence, grown-together, by being chemically mixed. It is thus that,
by chemically mixing elements, chemistry originates
existence. Therefore, it stands to reason that chemistry is
the queen-mother of concrete things. It is the humanities
that breed sciences; chemistry is the darling treasure of
humanity. What now remains is to look closely into the
pivotal notion of "mixing." What is mixing?
However understandable, rejecting mixing is
unnatural, for "mix" is innate in humanity and in all things.
"Mix" is noun, adjective, adverb, verb, past, present, and
future, all mixed into one "mix" that is always a mix that
breeds vitality. Mixing makes life and prolongs lives
into tomorrows. All this is to be expected. If nature
abhors vacuum, Mother Nature loves mixing all over, no
exception. Here are some examples.
We all live on "balanced diet" that is mixed diet
that sustains us. We cannot be choosy to reject some foods
to spoil our selves in many ways. To sex mixes to birth
tomorrow-babies. Babies are ever "mixed up kids" who
have been mixing Mom and Dad before, during, and after
their births. To be a "family man" who lovingly mixes
family members, invites our nodding smiles. Let us now
take a contrary example that no less poignantly points to
human existence as by nature personal mixing.
Missing someone beloved-love mixes-shows
our love to mix with a specific person. Our frustration
in missing shows our preference of one sort of mix over
other sorts. Catholic celibacy avoids sex-mix to mix with
the Beyond that is however beyond mixing at human level,
and so celibacy tends to invite sexual scandals. A baby
shouting, crying, and wailing after Mom, missing Mom
so terribly, is our innate and primordial case of missing
someone deeply beloved and absolutely heartfelt.
It is entirely natural for a baby to miss such a one
deeply loved, because this one is "my Mom" who wombs
me into existence, at every moment since my birth. I cannot
survive here now without Mom, holding me hugging me
securely, no matter what, no matter when-and no matter
how old I am. To generalize the baby primordially missing
Mom, we can now say that to miss one deeply beloved is
to aspire after one's origin. To miss someone unbearably,
even to nausea and bellyache, shows how innate it is for
us to mix. To mix with persons originates our inter-existence. Do we see how much smiling chemistry is
here which originates existence by chemically mixing the
In contrast, hatred resents mixing with some specific persons, and resenting is against nature. Even
"nature red in tooth and claw" is red in loving to consume
the other as "my food." And so, although sounding
impossible, loving enemy is part of our innate demand
to mix with any person whatever. Bigotry, betrayal, and
racism are brutally "unethical" because of our inherently
natural demand to mix with any person.
Given all this, it is a mystery as to how enmity can happen
at all. Perhaps enmity arises out of preferring-loving one
sort of mix over other sorts. Enmity is love made extreme
and one-sided, for one hates someone because one loves
someone else. And so, hating all persons is impossible,
while loving all persons is applauded by all persons alike.
Can we have a chemistry of love and another chemistry of
And the list of concrete mixes goes on and on,
spread out in space and in time. "Spread" is another
mixing. Mother Nature mixes on and on all over, as an
existence is by nature a mix, for existence stands-out of
others and out of vacuum, and standing-out is a way to mix
with others, out of which to stand in space and in time-to
exist. Actually, we cannot help but express ourselves, as
merely to exist insists on expressing oneself as oneself.
To express oneself presses-out oneself, and "out" assumes
mixing with our "inside" our integrity of existence, and
"out" in contrast with our "inside," and "contrast" is one
way of mixing. Mix is existential time logic.
The thrill of mixing also happens in time, such as
suddenly bumping into my old friend. Both the thrilling
novel and nostalgic past, both such new and such old,
doubled overwhelming, join in the unbearable excitement
of "hitting at" my old acquaintance quite unexpectedly.
Deliciously and tirelessly, we reminisce on the bygone
days and exchange news of our present situations. All this
is such a "shocking joy" we together cherish so very much.
Neither of us can ever measure how "much" we cherish
such fond encounter. We cannot stop our delightful
chatters. Happy chemistry-mix is undeniable.
"Friendly white hair 友白髪" together between old
spouses is another fond mix in time going on and on.
Here, "we" do know each other for a long period. We are
thoroughly inter-familiar in body, in mind, and in feeling.
We renew our heartfelt spousal relations repeatedly and
memorably, especially when we see a casual place, when
we hit a casual moment, each so tender so memorable to
us. They are our fond home where our gods of joys reside
so tenderly so fondly, and so memorably. Such a spousal
mix is our Bethel, the home of gods we both cherish
eternally. Our chemistry is undoubtedly all matched up all
All these timely mixes are life-chemistry that
makes our life worth living on. Here is our own time
chemistry par excellence. Roaming incoherence of Psalm
126 expresses well such heartfelt joy-in time. It is
thus that our loving mix deluges us with homemade joys
everywhere on and on. Absolutely no single person can
stop such spread of joy, simply because everyone loves joy
no matter what. In fact, merely to write on all this joyous
mixing is itself so much joy indeed. Matched chemistry is
sheer joy of living together, indeed.
In view of all the above, we see how separative
holiness murders embracing holiness; that is the fatal
tragedy of holiness against holiness. What happened next
is quite incredible, fully showing the embracing holiness as
radically embracing. And of course embracing bespeaks
mixing in heartfelt chemistry. This joy of mixed chemistry
is quite overwhelming, often shown in history of mother
loving her baby, and extremely in a specific religion of
love, Christianity. Has any research been done on the
chemistry of the embracing?
The embracing is more radical than its rejection
in separation in "holier than thou." The embracing mix
so embraces the hateful separative as to let the separative
kill the embracing; while dying the agonizing death, the
embracing dying man prayed, "Father, forgive them,
for they don't know what they do" (Luke 23:34)! Such
is already an absolutely incredible mix unconditionally
stubborn, never heard of throughout all world history.
Even more stunning is this. After dying the most
painful and abject death on the cross and still embracing
those who crucified him, this embracing man embraces
this death and rises up back to life, to stubbornly pursue
his beloved to give them his life into their own lives!
That the embracing mixing can go this far is beyond our
expectation and even all our imagination. No chemist has
ever probed into its structure.
This radical embracing is the undying phoenix for
the beloved to the bitter end and beyond, giving his own
life to any of his beloved who would accept his embrace.
This special phoenix is rightly called "love." Love is an
undying phoenix of mixing supreme. Love, embrace,
phoenix, and mix, these five keep the world on the go, and
the critical pivot on which all turn is the undying "mixing"
unceasing. This is mix-chemistry at its supreme heights.
"What is love among us human beings?" I imagine
the young Johannes Brahms at 23 tenderly hugging the
poor tired-out Clara Schumann just recently widowed,
so haggard at 37. All this while, they both continue to
meticulously care for Dad Robert Schumann's six jumping
kids, as the big pocket of Johannes is always filled with
sweet candies for kids.1
Later, Clara would die one year before Johannes
did; they must have hugged each other, as Johannes was 63
and Clara was 77. Intimate love is displayed so movingly
among these three towering giants, Robert, Clara, and
Johannes! If this is not love, nothing is love! Such is
human "love" ever on its tender strenuous way of time
chemistry unceasing to make history. Is there a chemistry
of such history of love? We need one!
Love is a continuous spiral to enhance each other,
as the enhancement continues to enhance more. This
is love-spiral of inter-strengthening that has no limit.
Limitlessness spells supremacy at the apex of all things,
which are continually chemical-mixed together to continue
to exist. This love is thus heaven; it is religion supreme,
caring supreme, and joy supreme.
Supremacy has no limit. Limitlessness and supremacy
inter-imply in love to inter-compose their inter-joy-music
in inter-caring, as caring produces shared joys so intimate
inter-enhancing, limitlessly. Such continual inter-spiral to
create existence all around. If chemistry is the science of
inter-mixing chemistry must be at home inter-mixing in
Love is a continuous spiral to enhance each other, as
the enhancement continues to enhance more. This is love-spiral inter-embracing to inter-strengthen that has no limit.
Limitlessness spells supremacy at the apex of all things
mixed together on and on. Inter-spiral continuing in time
spells mixing limitless in time. Mixing chemistry is here,
telling us of its timely mixing without time limit.
This love is thus heaven; it is religion supreme,
caring supreme, and joy supreme without limit.
Limitlessness and supremacy inter-imply in love to
inter-compose their inter-joy-music in inter-caring, as
caring produces shared joys so intimate inter-enhancing,
limitlessly. Inter-everything mixes limitlessly. This
dizzying round of inter-acting simply tells of the powerful
mixing all around.
Love limitless culminates in its death for the
beloved; death is the ultimate of love. Such dying of
undying limitless love is applauded as strong as death (Song
of Songs 8:6), because love is stronger than death. Such
all-embracing is holiness that lives distinguishable (holy is
not unholy) as inseparable (holy embraces unholy). This
all-embracing is the Good News of the cosmos, consisting
in showing how the distinguishable-inseparable is life
stronger than its killing by the distinguishable-as-separable
Pharisees. This is shown by the stubborn re-birth, the
never-die, of the embracing after embracing being-killed,
so as to give his own life to any of his beloved.
Such is mixing-togetherness of life stronger than
separation by death. Such is shown by the radical inclusive
that continually mixes, and the inclusive is distinguishable
and inseparable to the bitterest end. This is the unshakable
basis on which our unshakable hope for the future mixing
togetherness is anchored. This anchor is our conviction,
faith that is our rock of ages. This is the drama of love
unconquerable; love-mixing is strong indeed. Hope
based on faith in love is time-logical chemistry-hope
is timed logical-ultimate and cosmic, and persistently
convinced in faith supreme as love all-embracing and ever
mixing. Love chemistry must be here. And the list goes
on about how powerful "mixing" is, forever ubiquitous
and limitless in space and in time. But enough has been
shown to convince us that "mix" is the queen in Mother
Nature who sustains all lives and all existents-by mixing
chemically. Even "nature red in tooth and claw" is nature
in eating chemistry. Of course, all mixes human and
natural are chemical reactions, and so all chemistry is significant humanly and in nature. Such intimacy between
science and humanity is nowhere more prominent and
essential than chemistry, in the midst of the humanities, in
all humanity, and spread in Mother Nature.
And so, in all this, we should never forget this
critical fact. It is that all existence consists in chemical
mixing, and "chemistry" is the pivotal science that
specializes in "mixing" to inter-change what are mixed to
change one another into existence. The conclusion is thus
inescapable. "Chemistry" is the queen of the humanities
as it is pivotal in Mother Nature. Chemistry prominently
and specifically deserves cherishing and developing for
the progress of sciences and all humanity. Is the progress
in the chemistry of DNA and of stem cells our tomorrow
soon to dawn?
"Brahms was irritable and gruff with adults. But he was a
pussycat with children; on the streets of Vienna he would
dig into his large pockets and give candy to the children."
David Dubal, Conversations with Menuhin, NY: Harcourt
Brace Jovanovich, 1992, p. 7. Robert Schumann lived
1810-1856, Clara Schumann, 1819-1896, and Johannes
Brahms, 1833-1897. These are memorable years.