On the Origin of (what lies beneath) Species

If a species wants to kick around for a bit it better figure out ways to protect itself from its environment, peers and other species (and if the environment wants to kick around it better figure out ways to protect itself from said species). There is a sort of species “socialism” in the wild—such a dismissive term, like we’re exempt, like we’re not “wild.” We are very much wild and even a bit weird, well, relative to our wild cousins because of the anomalous streak running through our species. We hurt and kill each other, and yes they do it too, but we kill for shockingly superficial reasons.

For the most part we do not like to be hurt or watch others be hurt so we punish those who inflict harm. They represent this anomaly that must be dealt with before it spreads like a disease. They are a curiosity driven to destroy their own. Kind of like evolutionary Hamlets. “To be or not to be? That is the equation.”

A species must overcome hurdles, if not it will be rendered extinct. The only way for it to overcome hurdles is to be aware of them. Adaptations are the result of what a species does to solve problems which are essentially equations. Equations that our DNA program works diligently to solve. But these equations are impossible to solve. All our DNA can do is counter with an equation of its own and the external equation counters with another . This process continues on and on in overlapping fashion as the diversity of matter and life is infinite. Perhaps we (those exempted humans again) cannot reconcile with the fact that we are one species because we come in so many different surface types. But the truth at our genetic core is that we are 99.9 percent similar. So why are we so myopically driven to destroy those who are superficially different than us? Come on in for more on that, but first an idea about what lies beneath the surface…

THE SENSIBILITY UNDER THE SURFACE

We look at an elephant’s tusks and long snout and wonder what problem those adaptations solved and who or what made the decision to go ahead with that design. It’s internal and external. The environment suggests adaptations and we take the suggestions and apply them to our unique sensibilities. A creature’s evolution is based on a sensibility or a spirit-like entity to get all metaphysical. It’s current form is one in an infinite line of forms so there’s really no comprehensive way to classify its physical nature, but you can look beneath the surface and try to understand the sensibility that drives its evolution. What is the evolutionary sensibility that makes us possible? Is there one sensibility that rushes through all species? Are the overwhelming diverse surface distinctions just different interpretations of this one sensibility? Is this sensibility like a long infinite road and each species like a car at different points of this road? For example, one interpretation we call “gazelles,” and another we call “cheetahs” but they co-exist in their own alternate universes and sometimes their paths cross

The predator aspires to behave like an aggressive form of its universal environment which consumes everything and “shits” it all out. That’s how this whole go around produces energy (like an infinite compost heap). The predator consumes flesh because it requires immense energy to maintain its predatory status and the consumption of flesh and blood gives the predator a substantial jolt of energy and strength. Note the ubiquity of vampires in popular culture today. What are we trying to tell ourselves? When it comes to consumption…a global economic slowdown is forcing us to ask tough questions. Where do we want to go next? Where is this sensibility taking us?

THE EVOLUTIONARY RACE

If you look at the nature of our evolution and a bird’s it would seem we are evolving faster than our feathered friends, but how can we be evolving faster if there is no end point to evolution? What are we evolving to? An ultimate being? This is not possible for in an infinite universe full of infinitely diverse matter no being can indeed be ultimate. An ultimate being would have to be able to tolerate an infinitely diverse range of climates and possess no perceptual limitations. In other words they would be able to perceive the infinitely multi-dimensional nature of matter…


hair follicle


dust

The images above were taken using microscopes which possesses severe limitations and no matter how much the technology evolves….even if we are able to blow up a speck of dust 700,000,000,000,000,000 times, we still don’t even (literally) scratch the surface. The question becomes is there a being capable of subverting these limitations? Yes. We have even personified this being as God. Others call it evolution. It is that force within matter that drives it to change. I vacillate between the two. In my world the two are interchangeable.

THE FINISH LINE

Endtimes stories like the one detailed in the Book of Revelation seem almost auspicious because they give us a final destination that satiates our aggressively myopic nature. This may explain why each generation pines for the end to come in their lifetime or why we may subconsciously self-actualize these events…but even if the Earth explodes five minutes from now, evolution still exists. The Earth’s particulate debris will wander about the universe and collide with other matter and the cycle of evolution continues on ad infinitum.

Every last group of humans on this planet believes they are the chosen people and we may think the endtime event marks an end to the incessant changes wrought by evolution (finally, no more movement) and following the catastrophe the chosen group is granted an eternal life of peace and the rest an eternity of damnation. “See, I told you you should have joined my group, now look at ya, down there burning.”

Dogma is a necessary function of these philosophies because the chosen people must remain steadfast in the face of doubters. The institution (religion) provides an anchor that endures generation after generation. This means that new members are born, not cultivated. The institution becomes as constant as the universe to the generations that follow its birth. “Hey, it was here before me, it must be the way to go, plus they’re promising eternal life. Not a bad deal.”

New religions have a rough go, they are mocked and their belief systems challenged because some find what they believe utterly ridiculous. Of course this is ironic given the fact that a large portion of the globe believes in stories involving talking snakes and other such sensationalism. If the new religion endures its critics then time will legitimize it. It just has to last a few generations to gain a solid foothold. Once it does it reaches institution status.

Interestingly, these institutions have been literally jamming together for quite some time, but they all aspire to be lead singers. I actually find the world’s religions quite beautiful and their teachings inspiring. What troubles me is dogma and the fact that one must make a sort of Faustian deal to be accepted into the group. In other words one must relinquish personal freedom in life for eternal freedom after death. There seems to be no desire for a universal peace which ensures longevity in life and an easier transition to death as well as a better existence for future generations. Perhaps an awareness of the cosmic irony that we’re all saying the same damn thing in different ways will push us to that eternal peace we’re always going on about…or we can just keep on squabbling over whose dad will win in a fight.

A Side Note

When our senses are invaded by an allergen our body produces a chemical called histamine which fights against the onslaught. Thing is our body’s misinterpret the threat. It views pollen as a foreign body and wages an epic battle—a battle that manifests itself as sneezing, itchy watery eyes and just a general feeling of “shittyness.” But what if our bodies didn’t release the histamine army and just dealt with the harmless invaders? Well, take an antihistamine and you stop the knee-jerk reaction. Now just think about that and how it pertains to the scary stuff above. Perhaps we need a myopia-blocker of sorts. Oh yeah, we have a natural one.

CHANGES

The rate of change is relative to our perception. We can perceive day to night, one spin around the sun to the next spin around the sun, but we cannot perceive the rate at which the sun was formed although we are witnessing it evolve into another form. We are just going for a ride…

The beautiful thing is that this ride is relatively gentle. It’s almost like evolution has a heart. Why else would it work so hard to create this illusory period of rest we call existence…

Take us home Carl…

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