Are humans really a cancer on the planet? Doesn’t evolution prove that only the most selfish and ruthless survive? With a better understanding of the Epic of Evolution, we can challenge some of these limited notions of evolution: that only the most ruthless survive, that variation is solely the result of random errors and damage to DNA, and that emotions are a vestigial inconvenience to be overcome by drugs or logic, that there is no direction in evolution. Instead, we see cooperation and kindness are also evolved traits, that “profitable” variation is the result of recombination, and that emotions can still serve us, especially when we gain tools to “witness” them rather than be enslaved to them. With a vast evolutionary perspective, we see that life is moving toward ever greater cooperation, complexity, and consciousness. When we pause to contemplate the awe and wonder of simply being, it’s reason for celebration.
As we awaken to the challenges of climate change, species loss, and the suffering of our brothers and sisters around the globe, it is easy to experience overwhelming levels of fear and pain. A certain amount of pain alerts us to problems that we can solve. Too much pain leads to numbness and ineffectiveness. As we seek to improve our lives and those of our loved ones, It becomes ever more important to occasionally pause and reflect on the many gifts that have allowed our existence. In considering and celebrating the Epic of Evolution, we discover ways to meet the many challenges that would otherwise overwhelm and discourage us.
Thanks to scientific breakthroughs in genomics, information science, physics, statistics, and brain science we know that the universe is moving toward greater complexity, cooperation and consciousness. This directionality, or Evolution’s Arrow, gives us a map of evolution that helps us navigate our lives. With a clearer understanding of how evolution happens, we can apply these principles to our lives and flourish more fully!
“The future belongs to those who have learned from the past.” ~ Ru Paul
These are just some of the reasons to celebrate!
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