The human form: an evolutionary dead-end?

The human form: an evolutionary dead-end?

The human form: an evolutionary dead-end?

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, a miracle of God was born. Some call ‘him’ Adam, or ‘her’ Eve, while others refer to ‘it’ as the first Homo sapiens. And that was the beginning of the end... or so it would seem if we have a look at the human species today, for it is looking like we are heading rather quickly to becoming an evolutionary dead-end!

This is not a doom and gloom article, so don’t expect to lose all zest for life or feel you have to prepare yourself for the destruction of all life on planet Earth, as so many predict with an air of certainty reminiscent of the 31st December 1999, when we thought all computer systems were going to fail and the world as we knew it would come to an end.

Rather, what will be explored here is a possible scenario of where we came from, how we got here and where we are going. And this is based on science – the science of evolution in its true sense – which Darwin touched on and articulated beautifully, but perhaps failed to piece together correctly. He certainly has stirred a lot of controversy since writing “The Origin of Species” some 200 years ago. For humanity to react to this so strongly and for so long says two things: one, there must be some truth to this; and two, there must be something un-true to this. So, let’s have a look.

Before Darwin, there was a fairly static model proposed by science and by religion on the origin of species. It was simple: religion said that God created all life as it is today and as it has always been since that testimonial first day. With the science of geology virtually non-existent, the earth was seen as a static creation. Of course, below the surface, so to speak, questioning human beings noticed the similarities between different species, and also the way the earth seemed to show a record of a historical past: buried bones and shells, a layering of various soil types and rock types, and the rupturing of the earth’s surface and other natural events causing change and transformation.

What Darwin did was simply propose a mechanism for the evolution that was so obvious to anyone with the eye for observation of the natural world.

His famous study of the fauna of the Galapagos Islands revealed how distinct populations of animals changed in relation to the particular island that they found themselves on. He made clear observations of obviously related groups of animals and plotted simple evolutionary paths to explain their differences and their relationships. And with ‘natural selection’ as the means from which these phenomena progressed, he proposed a system through which nature evolves.

Darwin expanded this Galapagos hypothesis to all of life on Planet Earth. And this is perhaps a rather large presumption, although completely understandable, considering how the diverging science of the time was separating from its historical colleague, religion. No longer was God the Creator, for Science was the new creator, and it increasingly claimed ownership of all within the ever-expanding universe. And this is how it is today; science is the new religion enticing the population to a new, better, forever futuristic future.

So, what of humans – are we the evolutionary result of primates? Does Darwin’s natural selection mechanism apply to us, or are we a little different? Do we perhaps have a distinctly unique evolutionary history and progression? Is there such a thing as the ‘Human Kingdom’, or are we simply animals?

As presented in an earlier article on evolution, “The full truth lies neither in current religion's story, nor current science's story. The truth is in the Ageless Wisdom Teachings, which are the origin of both modern religion and modern science.”

Human evolution could in fact be quite different from the ‘survival of the fittest’ paradigm proposed by Darwin. And our origins may also not stem from a linear progression from primates or animals at all. Although our physical form resembles that of the animal kingdom in many respects, we also are remarkably different. At times it feels like they are our brothers, especially when it comes to dogs and dolphins and whales, and to some degree with other animals like elephants and cats and certain birds. Often these bonds are emotional, projections from ourselves onto them, and often their connections to us are based around what we provide for them. If we stopped keeping them as pets, feeding them and taking care of their needs, would the same bonds develop?

When we truly connect with the fullness of who we are as Human Beings, we begin to grasp the vastness of ourselves as much more than physical, as multi-dimensional beings. There is so much more to us than flesh, blood and bone. We are indeed energetic beings; beings of light, of love, and of the universe.

We feel this when we gaze at the stars, we feel this when we look deeply into another’s eyes, and we feel this when we come together in brotherhood to work for the greater good. Human beings show their true nature when disaster strikes. Indeed, when tragedy falls upon a fellow man, all that appears to separate us fades into insignificance. This is where ‘natural selection’ and ‘survival of the fittest’ does not apply to the human species, for we support the ‘weak’, embrace difference and diversity, and pull together as one, rather than compete and let the weak die.

Darwinism does not seem to apply to the human species, to the Human Kingdom, perhaps because we are not really part of the evolutionary processes of the Animal and Plant Kingdoms. Our evolution, it would seem, comes from another aspect, that of our light, or our love. That which is more loving or of greater light is an evolutionary step forward, and that which dulls the light or blocks the love slows our evolution. This would make more sense for us as human beings, would it not?

The current global issues facing humanity are the result of our not working together. We war, we separate, we divide and we compete and compare. These ill qualities stunt our natural evolution. If we apply ‘natural selection’ and ‘survival of the fittest’ to human beings now, then we just compete and clamour for our own individual survival at the expense of all others. And of course this would lead to world-wide calamity and probably the destruction of it all.

If we instead embrace our true evolution, and come together, work together, heal our divisions, communicate and place our focus on the principles of harmony, unity and equality for all, then our present situation will undoubtedly expand towards stability and greater wellbeing for all.

Our true evolution is based on energy; the fact that we are energetic beings and much more than merely physical. When we honour the essence of what it means to be a human being, then we embrace our true evolutionary path. We then connect with that place deep inside and feel the love and brotherhood that calls us to unity and to greater light and greater love.

And so… what started out as a possible doom and gloom scenario has indeed evolved to quite the antithesis of what Darwin’s theories applied to humanity would have taken us to. Where are we from, if not descended from the Animal Kingdom? Well, that is for another article. Where are we going, if our evolutionary path is one based on energy and not mere physicality? Well, that also is another article.

The story so far leaves us a little up in the air, but then perhaps that is where we need to sit for a time, to ponder on where we find ourselves as Human Beings – in a bit of a struggle with life on a small blue planet somewhere on the edge of a spiral arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. How on earth did we get here, you may ask? Good question… and a story for another day, for our human form is not an evolutionary dead-end, but this body of ours is our way back to re-connecting to and living from the truth of who we are.

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