Evolution Through Comprehension or Functionality – a Question of Physics or Human Nature
Can we actively participate in our process of evolution or are we just mere observers of the cycle of life? Ask yourself if Biology has anything to do with morals, ethics, and spirituality. Does photosynthesis occur due to a moral standard, or, is it the result of countless evolutionary steps?
Why would we, the human beings, function differently? We can interpret everything in as many ways as we can, but when it comes to functioning, do we organically function due to a spiritual, moral, or ethical set of standards, or, every process that takes place within our body is the result of countless evolutionary steps?
The greatest error humans have been making ever since we know about ourselves – in a “conscious/aware” sense of the knowing – is that we have been obsessively trying to humanly comprehend all matters related to our nature and to the universe around us, rather than functionally exploring and experiencing the phenomena within and around ourselves.
A simple example is one of doing push-ups. We can all discuss and analyze push-ups until we comprehend everything that there is to know about it, yet, if we do not actually train and do the push-ups, we have no experiential knowledge of them. Just because we comprehend everything about push-ups does not automatically imply that we are physically trained to do fifty of them in a row.
Although it may seem a lot more complicated than that, it is very much the same with the way our brain functions. There are countless books and theories available, and countless more appear almost every day, about the nature of the brain. We can all discuss and analyze how the brain, consciousness, the mind, and the self work until we comprehend everything that there is to know about it, yet, if we do not actually actively access the processes at work in our brain, we have no experiential knowledge of them.
Humans have taken the road of comprehension – which is an interpretative process – rather than pursuing the way of experiential learning. This paradoxically happened because of our brain’s ability to create what we call the mind, through a process we refer to as consciousness. From generation to generation, the human species became more and more addicted to its own image and lost in the interpretative process.
To regain functional access to our own brain, we must be willing to explore and experiment as a living organism, rather than as a human. When we function as a human, we inherently function through a highly complex interpretative process – we have identity, standards, expectations, and values. When we function as a living organism – as a molecular configuration – we have the potential to tap into the process that precedes any interpretative process.
The advantage of functionality versus comprehension is huge in potential. It offers direct, immediate access to how we function and it allows us to actively participate and alter the processes taking place.
We have devoted thousands of years to comprehension, but regardless of our technological advancements, organically we have taken only invisible evolutionary steps, if any. Physically speaking, we are actually weaker compared to our ancestors and without vaccines, medicine, supermarkets, and appliances our survival would be questionable.
The real question of our time should not be whether our technology will grant us immortality and everlasting health and happiness, but if we have now reached a level of comprehension that would allow us to be willing to explore and experiment as a living organism, rather than as a human.
Copyright 2010 by Bogdan Heretoiu
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