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Shaping Humanity

Our ideas and our lives

It seems probable that as described in evolutionary theory, we have evolved over many hundreds of millions of years but over the past 10 million years we became a little more refined as we learned to respond to nature.

One of the biggest leaps in our evolution was a domestication of fire thereby harnessing the ability to cook our food which made it more digestible and bioavailable. The second biggest step forwards was language, systematic use of vocal sounds to convey specific meaning. A third biggest step was agriculture and discovering new sources of food that fostered population increase and free time in some sectors of the community.

Leisure time spawned creativity, improved agriculture, improved hunting techniques and new desires. Desire gave rise to money and possessions which combined with leisure time promoted a new sense of identity, the modern human and stratified societies.

The modern human is an individual who does his or her best to shape the world around them to suit their needs and desires. This has given rise to an inventiveness and industry but the way in which it is evolving now, it's oppressing two thirds of the world's population while the other third lives off the fat of the land.

In times past the people were of the land and they coexisted with the earth. An example of the Australian Aboriginals who have existed on the world's smallest continent for many tens of thousands of years. Like the people of India with whom they share ancestral links, the indigenous Australians understood their place in the universe as well as their place on earth.

3000 years ago human life and civilisation flourished across Asia and down through the Americas where sophisticated cultures developed. They were as enthusiastic about acquiring knowledge as to our place in the universe and understand their humanity.

In today's modern world humanity exists on a pedestal while the enterprises of people destroy the foundation of whe we are and planetary life. These enterprises are based on ignorance and desire for what is fleeting, transient and unreal. Humankind has turned away in a large part from its quest for a greater truth and is racing for acquisition. Those who control the world are making conditions for the dispossessed increasingly intolerable. There was a time when those who disagreed with the rulers could simply move somewhere else but now there is nowhere to move to due to our population increase and expansion around the globe. We have come into an era where wisdom and knowledge of the universe has little value whereas the personal lives of public personalities and gossip is highly valued.

What Sir Lloyd Geering expresses in his interview with Kim Hill, I have come to the same conclusions which I discuss here as one of the key issues affecting humanity and what may save or destroy us is religion. Please play the interview and review the book.

We may have emerged as scientists describe from the Big Bang although it's likely it was a birth and the universe that we inhabit is alive and growing. The Hindu cosmologists understood this and calculated our universe's lifespan including its eventual demise. They understood that the nature of life and particularly the nature of being human was rather unique in that we may die from this body to be reborn in another.

Modern science is still grappling with these ideas and yet the very basis of science comes from ancient India as does the knowledge of what it is to be human. That ancient Hindu knowledge has contributed greatly to shaping our world, and gave rise to the sciences, language, spirituality and even industrial technology. This is one of the tragedies in mankind's development that the mother of ideas has been badly mistreated.

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The idea of evolution is the most life-changing concept to have emerged in modern times, but most people know of it only in fragments. The evolution of the universe, of planet Earth, of life and of human culture is a truly breathtaking story that can be told in many ways. In one continuous story this book combines cosmological and biological evolution with the subsequent development of human thought made possible by the emergence of language. Learn more......

The journey of mankind was designed as one of active participation in creation yet it has become a tool in the destruction of creation because the majority cannot tell truth from reality and many of those who can choose fantasy instead of embracing the truth of life.

While we may destroy ourselves in this cycle of existence, as soon as we're gone our planetary Earth will recover and do just fine without us. Yet as long as some of us draw breath, there is a chance to know life and participate in the journey of becoming more fully human.

It is only by participating, by turning and looking inwards to know one's self that one can know anything of life. Knowing life is beyond mere categorisation and giving names as is happening now. Our scientists can dissect and manipulate the atom, but they cannot define it. In a similar way we can look at the flower in our garden and why we give it a name, we cannot really know it. All we can do is marvel at all the processes that came together to create that flower or any other object in our realm.

Looking inwards is not so difficult, it's simply a matter of relaxation, a matter of resting body and mind to the point where even thought ceases. Unfortunately so many people are so attached to their thoughts and ideas that the idea of them stopping is almost like death. But this is the gateway to life and freedom from suffering.

By relaxing and being with oneself without any purpose or expectation allows the body to heal itself, it allows the mind to rest and the being to be refreshed opening doors to new levels of creativity and also productivity. This path to the self, the road to end suffering is described in a million books and yet like the Zen master, the act of becoming human only requires a split second of complete attention.

 

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