We Can Change Our Programming!
4. Views of Evolution
Evolution is the development of increasing complexity, cooperation, diversity and expression through randomness, creative effort, energetic alignments, free will choices, natural expression, natural laws and patterns, rising consciousness, and things we do not even begin to understand yet.
In biology, “the theory of evolution” is attributed primarily to Charles Darwin, who sought patterns in the diversity of life. Darwinism as dogma in the U.S. is typically summarized as “survival of the fittest.” Evolution is a process in which life competes with other life to survive and prosper. Random genetic variations lead to some having advantages that allow them to better adapt to environments and outcompete others. The strong survive and the weak don’t. We’re the best and most important thing nature has created; we understand it all; and nature exists for us to exploit. That’s how nature works.
This paternalistic belief supports the idea we’re all in competition with each other; winners deserve to win, and the spoils of victory, because of random superiority. That’s nature’s law, which is inviolable. Man is the pinnacle of evolution, so we can do what we want with nature, which is here to benefit us. The world gets better that way. If there is a God, He created this system, and it’s His will.
No, if there’s a God, She knows nothing’s this simplistic; everything is inter-related and inter-dependent; and it’s life spirit sensitively developing energetic inter-relationships and cooperation, in balance and harmony, internally and externally, that creates, grows and thrives. Nothing exists in isolation. Period. All living things are complex beyond our understanding. Nature is far greater than humans are. We are here to humbly and lovingly participate in it, appreciate it, thrive, create, express, grow and evolve.
A human being is a cooperative collective of thousands of species, trillions of cells, atoms and subatomic particles, popping in and out of existence in unfathomably complex energetic interactions. Humans exist in an environment consisting of millions of species with uncountable cells, atoms and subatomic particles, all interacting in interrelated and cooperative ways, planetwide. Our environment has very complex interactions of earth, water, fire, air and other systems. Everything is all ultimately energy in countless interacting vibrational frequencies, wavelengths and patterns. Seriously, have some humility! We barely know anything about how it works. We are not even sure what life is, as a basic definition.
It is clear, though, that balanced and harmonious, cooperative and collaborative interaction, in mutual self-interest and benefit, is a primary foundation for all higher life and all living systems. It is humanity’s ability to cooperate that has provided its primary evolutionary advantages. We work together to feed, protect, clothe and house ourselves. We communicate and organize complex activities that better us. We share knowledge and experience with each other to survive and improve ourselves.
Cooperation and collaboration, respect and support, nurture and love, communication and care, helping and hoping are each at least as essential to human survival as competitiveness.
Darwinist dogma has far too much emphasis on randomness as the source of evolutionary advantage. Our dreams, beliefs and actions are at least as important. A free will decision to choose a vegetarian diet, cook with fire, migrate to a new region, behave in a certain way, pursue a dream, share beliefs, organize efforts, invent something, reject common beliefs, meditate, or mate with someone different from ourselves can be as important as anything that happens randomly. Everything counts in evolution.
Attributing evolutionary advantage to randomness diminishes our belief in our ability to determine and exercise our evolutionary will, and it supports a belief system in which those with social advantages got them from something outside our control. Attributing survival to randomness and competitiveness diminishes the critical importance of virtuous cooperation and relationship, and it supports a belief system in which those who have won social advantages deserve them. The purpose of life is to thrive and enjoy and appreciate life, and to evolve, which involves cooperation, intent and applying ourselves. Evolution is a momentum of life in the universe, not a belief crutch to prop up brutal dominant behavior.
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