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The miracle of life
The fact that we are alive is considered a miracle and this certainly is felt that way. We have not been able to produce life in a laboratory despite all the knowledge we have to manipulate it. We consider life to be divine yet find the strange paradox to behave and organize ourselves in a life destructive way. Climate changes, air pollution, irresponsible usage of natural resources, destruction of our habitat and the disappearance of species, show us an era that is being labeled as the anthropocene. This refers to the era in which the human species leaves such a scar on the face of our planet and among nature that it will be visible for as long as this planet exists. I have written already about this era . I also wrote about a less visible, but even more worrying era, the genetic anthropocene. This is the time period in which we affected our DNA in such a way (with cancers, illnesses, physical and behavioral distortions) that it will also have negative effects on the development of our species for many, many, many generations to come.
The question we face is whether this is normal in evolutionary sense or abnormal? Is there a logic to be found? And what will this do to us? Are we a natural threat to our own evolutionary selves? Or is all this destructive behavior part of “the bigger plan”? Will there eventually be an evolutionary wake up call that will make us understand our own selves and get us to restructure our societies and systems? Or will we become an historic educational point of reference for any future self aware species that shows “how NOT to do it?”. Even if we are aware of our dangers, what will inhibit or facilitate us to implement our awareness to avoid disaster?
If this will happen what will be the trigger? When will this happen, if it happens at all? Can we predict our own future?
Are we unique?
Are we talking about one human species or are we several? Can we talk about differentiation through awareness like we do biological qualities or differences? Can awareness be culturally affected as an evolutionary trigger or blockage? Is awareness coded genetically or in some other way? And if so how would it affect the relationships between human beings and its surroundings, our evolution and our systems of education and societal cohesion? How powerful or necessary is understanding life?
To come to answers to these questions we need an understanding to what life and awareness is in reality. Let us start with the very big initial question:
what is the missing link?
The missing link
When referring to the “missing link” you may automatically think about the missing evolutionary shackle between monkey life and human beings. I am not referring to this because now we know that we are the competitive remains of various parallel human like life forms that evolved and coexisted over time in the last 2 to 4 million years. We represent a very complex highly competitive form of life that is at the same time very delicate as well as powerful.
The missing link that I refer to is what makes “matter + energy” come alive? If I throw a pile of dirt in a jar and put sunlight on it there is little chance that it will come alive. There has to be a special “something”, a trigger that puts A + B together into a living something. So life is:
Matter + Energy + ????
Why would a bird that flies through wind and rain stick together with all its different molecules and not fall apart? Because it has “????”! We (humans) have “????” too and so does an amoeba, an insect, a bacteria, a fish, a plant, etc. When “????” disappears the molecules fall apart again to re-integrate with our environment until a new wave of the gluing “????” comes around, unites some of these molecules again together with others and creates a new life form. Until that dies too, keeping the cycle of usage of materials going around for ever, allowing maybe some progressive evolution through this getting together (life) and breaking up (death) events.
When we think of it we ourselves consist probably of matter that has been used over and over again in all kinds of life forms over time and history. Some of our molecules may well have been of a dinosaur at one time and most certainly of that chicken and salad that we ate last week. We may have molecules that were at one time part of the bodies of Michael Angelo, Jesus Christ, Jane D’Arc or Jack the Ripper. We are in fact each a little bit of everything that has occurred on Earth and ……even before Earth.
So from a pure material point of view we are just the same as our environment, assembled together in a particular unique life form for some reason, just like all the other species that surround us. Just because we have this miraculous “????”.
It is of course fun to realize that we are able to reflect about it and can ask ourselves the question:
why? and what is this “????”
In the next blog lecture we will look into matter first because it has very important characteristics that we need to become aware of in order to take the next steps in our quest for the “Secrets of Life”.
Jean-Paul Close (May 2013)
This word indicates the lasting impact of human activities on our natural surroundings. This influence has reached such a point of significance that it will leave an eternal researchable print on the surface of our planet. It resembles the geological markings that were left behind by other huge impacts on our planet and its lifeforms, s.a. climate changes, volcanic eruptions, meteorite impacts, ice-ages, etc. Those eras have received a particular name because of the unique traceable combinations of environmental impact and interaction with the existence and evolution of life, the appearance and disappearance of species and evolutionary patterns. Anthropocene is the very first era that can be attributed to the behavior of a single species, the human being.
This Anthropocene is hence the very first conscious act of destruction, pollution and manipulation. It does not mean that the consciousness is done entirely on purpose. It is a consequence of an evolutionary development of a human society that has avoided, neglected or remained unaware of the need for harmonic relationships with our universe. This awareness is now reaching the awakening consciousness of the species, demanding the intense and urgent modification of societal structuring that evolved over many millenia. The question that arises today is whether the required transformation is at all possible, considering the way the species deals with power, authority, aggression and greed in its structuring of responsibilities. Lots of modern talks consider the need to define ethics, spirituality and morality in our behavior and social organization. Hardly any reflection occurs yet on a much more serious consequence of the Anthropocene: the genetic anthropocene!
Genetic footprint of pollution
The human consists of rational intelligence which becomes aware of the Anthropocene from the traditional external sensory point of view. It is a challenge of course to translate this rational into behavioral changes that allow our species to progress in a sustainable manner. A lot of effort goes into transforming our industrial, manufacturing and logistic activities. What we have neglected in our quest for material abundance is that we are also beings with physical properties that are equivalent to those of our surroundings. From a molecular composition point of view we do not differ from our natural environment. The molecules come together to shape a human life around a purpose yet the quality of the assembly is a good as the quality of the surrounding components. Pollution in our environment is equivalently present inside our physical system. Our body is a complex machinery of harmonically interacting elements that involves the entire evolutionary complexity since the big bang. Our molecular composition and our enrichment through sensory interaction with our environment, is a mirror image of the consciousness of the surrounding universe about which we reflect. Pollution is part of that, when it occurs, and influences in exactly the same degree our composition and awareness.
What does this mean?
It means that our genetic coding is including the physical and psychological disorder that the pollution of our environment is providing. This is measurable through science. Many other species show genetic disorder already due to the Anthropocene. Some have mutuations that mutulate their existance and evolutionary chances. Others, especially on bacterial level adjust to such an extend that they become a threat to human kind.
Genetic research has found in the last few years the codes that predict the chances of any person to suffer a disorder in life. Right now this research is done from a material perspective to determine how much health insurance someone may have to pay when society becomes aware that a certain illness is more or less likely to occur. The morality of such conclusions is of course highly disputable but the same research can show that the same genetics show an Anthropocene too in our genetical footprint. In practical reality we see that more and more people suffer cancer and other types of health problems. Archaeological research on mummies, skeletons and other human remains of our history confirm this tendency.
There are of course scientists that refuse to admit this. Some simply believe that the growing problems in health are a consequence of a longer life expectancy and improved scientific level of knowledge and maintenance of statistics. This is ridiculous of course. Why accept the disorder and mutations in animals, insects and plants, and not in the human species. We are the same as our environment!
This is an even more serious consequence then the effects of the Anthropocene itself. Even if we manage to adjust our behavior we will eternally show the scars of our Anthropocene in our own genetic anthropocene, with all the related consequences in our own evolutionary quality of life. Harmony with our surroundings is therefor an issue of universal ethics that urgently needs to be introduced in our systems of law, morality and behavior.
Someone who wants “to change the world” has an easy job. He or she simply has to change oneself and the world has changed. All you have to do thereafter is to show people how you are by being yourself. This serves as inspiration to some and may eventually spread…..In times of internet, with the possibility of blogging, to express our ideas and show the world the changes one has made, this process gets a modern unprecedented dimension. The problem people face is the huge amount of information that becomes available and the selection one makes for one’s own inspiration. By doing so one creates his or her own world of information and personal progress.
My own progression
After 5 years of blogging I see a progression in my own activities and also in the way I share this with my surroundings. I also see a steady and even exponential progression in the support I receive from you. The amount of readers has exploded in recent months and my practical contribution to the world through Sustainocracy is becoming a serious source of inspiration for people across the world. When I look at the blog items that drew most attention I see a certain tendency too, obviously provoked by myself through social media and public presentations, but also by a growing interest by you around the different views that I present. WordPress advises, through its statistics, that I should pick up these items and continue that line of inspiration for you.
The top 7 readings and topics are:
1. Why people avoid spirituality – This post was extensively read by the academic world after my presentation during the scientific encounter on Sustainability and Spirituality in September 2012 in Hungary.
2. Alternative definition of Sustainable Development – This post is key because it is used all the time to define the ethical basis of Sustainocracy. So every time I address and audience I need to clarify this point first to create the right mindset to follow my statements. The post is there extensively used by me as hyperlink.
3. Feminizing masculine cultures in crisis – This post appeals much to female groups who see a justification in it for their own emancipation. The masculinity of current manipulation and speculation of economies is often despised and purposely negated by masculine authorities but strongly recognized by the feminine structures causing an interesting Yin-Yang also among my readers.
4. The day after economics – I found that this post was appreciated by a broad audience that saw it as an eye opener to a trusted paradigm that was falling apart without anyone really knowing what was happening. “Economics” is a word that is seen as eternally connected to human development. To project it as a finite thing with a “life before and after” got readers to open up their mind to new worldviews.
5. Kondratieff versus Close – This recent post was re-blogged various times by people who like the analytics of human and economic systems.
6. Anthropocene I and II – Many people do not realize the effect we have on our surroundings and that this even is being defined as “an era” that will leave a lasting print or scar on the face of the Earth just like other natural disasters of the past.
7. Why only Sustainocracy can save the human world – This post is especial popular among the growing list of supporters of Sustainocracy as a solution.
Blueprint for prosperity:
I will certainly come back to these in forthcoming posts, as the trusted old world collapses and we all need to put our shoulders under the renewal. From the above posts, and observing the line of progression I made in my own work, we can define the key ingredients for a stable society:
- Ethics should rule (eg. Sustainocracy), not money
- Higher human purpose should lead the democracy, not economies of growths
- Self-sufficiency should prevail in primary requirements (food, housing, energy) to avoid dependencies
- Co-creative craftsmanship should provide sustainable local human progress
- Harmonious partnerships should connect self-sufficient neighboring regions for safety and sharing prosperity
We still have some work to do before this blueprint will be accomplished. What goes for societies, goes for us individually too. We are back again where I started. Change the world by changing first oneself by taking the above blueprint at heart. The rest will come automatically.
The current era on our Globe has its own name now. It is called anthropocene, and refers to the ever lasting footprint that humankind is making on the history of the planet. Just like the preceding era did, like for instance the Jurassic, made famous by the films of Steven Spielberg about the long era of the dinosaurs that finally disappeared into history.
An era is defined because it left a lasting series of marking on the planet that can be researched by different scientific specialties, s.a. geology, archaeology, biologic, botany, astrology, climatology, etc. etc. In the many layers of deposits that can be studied specific events define the era. Often a time-era was started or ended by a specific event, such a sudden climate change, an ice age, geological events or specific things that occurred that showed up in the layers of our soil, a scar on the face of our planet. Never a particular era was attributed to one single species, until now.
Anthropocene is the age that the influences of humankind on Earth are so remarkably visible that it is expected to remain present for ever in future, no matter what happens to our species. It is significant because in a very short period of time our species has managed to destroy the habitat of many other living species and polluted in many ways the Earth’s soil and atmosphere.
This era is not really one to be very proud of. As a natural phenomena the human species has been extraordinarily destructive and aggressive. The question arises why? The species is blessed with a level of self-consciousness that got us to become dominant over other species but also reflective about our own scientific and spiritual awareness of the effects of our existence on Earth. Why would a species that has such a high awareness remain so destructive for its own surroundings, up to a possible point of auto-destruction?
It is very difficult to accept that nature would evolve into a higher level of cognitive reflection and self awareness if such abilities were no advantage at all for the species itself. Aggression for survival is perfectly acceptable for a species living in a state of natural chaos, among equals that challenge each other in their quest for a living. Fear is a natural defense mechanism to remain alert for danger. But when a species reaches a point of dominance, setting the environment to its own hand, without any other danger than itself and the largest forces of the Universe, one would expect that fear is replaced by wisdom and trust in its own abilities? Why then would humankind leave such devastating footprint on its habitat? Why would we not become respective with the only remaining challenge: our universal habitat, accepting our dependence, not our sense of unjust or blind superiority?
When we place ourselves in an imaginary point in future, as an archaeologist studying this particular era of Anthropocene, we would be surprised with the amount of pollution and a totally different biological life before, during and after this era. The layer underneath would be a point of biological reference for the subsequent layers, just like we do now when analyzing the evolution of all species. The layer above however shows important signs of the presence of the human era in all remains of species including the human being itself. Sicknesses such as cancer, HIV, unique forms of hepatitis, lung and heart problems, etc. remain visible in fosils for a long time, just like the genetic disorder that started during the era of nuclear and fine dust pollution, affecting many species, including the ones to come. Many species disappeared all together disrupting the ecological equilibrium to such extend that it affected humankind itself causing massive illness, periods of hunger, war among the populations, etc. Such discoveries, together with the obvious signs of scientific and general intellect, would leave anyone with the question how a species could be so bright and so selfishly stupid at the same time?
There is of course also another reading possible. Are we arriving right now at a point of singularity, a point at which an evolutionary lifestyle comes to a sudden exponential peak and collapses? Will this point mark the initiation of a second human era, Anthropocene II? The first era being destructive as humankind still was busy shaking off its animal behavior of hoarding, territorial aggression, fear for scarcities and tribal protection? And the second one representing a genuine breakthrough into a new level of consciousness that announces the true birth of a unique species that has left its animal genetic origins definitely behind and established a new spiritual order without precedent in universal history, the next evolutionary step of humankind?
If that is indeed about to occur (or occurring right now, as I claim in my books and professional activities) how would the event be marked in the history of our planet and visualized through the permanent markings? The negative effects of Anthropocene I cannot be eliminated but the Athropocene II should become clearly visible as a sudden change in our own lifestyle, surroundings and the effects on other species around this new humankind? Will the point of singularity show as a sudden total collapse of current humankind? With the expected reduction of the population by 75% (Club of Rome)? Or will it be a gradual but fast period of awareness that shows no massive death but a sudden peaceful change in global attitude? Or will humankind remain in Anthropocene I and disappear with it for ever into the history of the planet leaving its signs for ever but no further biological continuation?
The latter seams unlikely to me because it would be a waste of the evolutionary break through of the higher awareness. Yet this breakthrough can happen again, also in other species. Clear for me is that we have arrived today at this unique point of singularity. It is a breaking point. What got us to the breaking point is clear and understood. What will happen now is in our own hands but what will the outcome be? That remains the huge query that needs to cristalize throughout the coming decades.
Sustainocracy (my own definition of sustainable human progress) is Anthropocene II but will it break through? Will it get a chance to flourish? Or will something else, equally Anthropocene II? Or will it die a death along with our persistence to maintain Anthropocene I? The Anthropocene will have existed but not visible enough to become dominant.
Time will tell.