A Philosophy for All Living Beings (the NEW Part 2)

“Like social workers, people from all backgrounds, all races, all nationalities, all physiologies, all psychological types, all social communities, and all spiuritual communities, or lack of any acceptance of all or any above states and biologies of being, may choose for themselves what they want to believe, or even not choose to make a choice. All reactions are welcome, and all choices are acceptable. There is no right or wrong. There only is.” (quoted from the end of Part 4, or the real Part 1)

But, is that true just for humans? I must ask you, Do you really thing we are the only beings who count in our portion of reality? What about the whale, we know not it has sentience–or consciousness. What about the orangutan, possibly humanity’s closest relative? You will give me those, maybe, but certainly nothing else! Why not? Our scientists appear to have proven that the octopus, that alien creature that lives in the sea, with eight legs just like a spider, can have some sort of sentience. One octopus can watch a fellow octopus find its way through a complicated maze, making all kinds of mistakes, until she completes the maze, just once. The second octopus seemed to know she was in a maze, because she kept fighting to get out. Now put the first octopus in a second maze exactly the same as the one the second octopus went through. How many mistakes do you think he makes before he escapes the maze? Ten? Twenty? Thirty? How about, not one? He watched the other octopus just once, making all kinds of mistakes, yet he zipped through the maze like he had done it a hundred times. Will this count as sentience for you. The first octopus had not only to learn what a maze was, but also learn how to escape it, by watching his fellow octopus find her way. I don’t know exactly what that says, but it sure says something. Most adult humans would not  remember the correct way through a maze by watching one other human try and try again to get out. Are octopi smarter than humans? Apparently, at least at mazing running.

But, is sentience really a requirement to know how to live, how to be alive. Please allow me to take you on a long ride backwards in history. So far back the only history we can read are the fossils that tell us what life was like, say, 4 billion years ago. Can you even think that far back? 4 billion years is a long, long, long, long, lllooonnnnggggg time ago. The earth was still being formed, it was mostly water, and the crust of the earth was so thin that the heat from the center of the earth probably boiled the water in some places. And in that ocean, so old we called it primordial, or basically “existing at or from the beginning of time,” (Well, actually, it missed the beginning of time AND the beginning of the universe, which has been mearsured at 13.772 billion years, give or take 60 million, or any portion thereof.)  we will just say our planet, Earth, had been around only half-a-billion years when living beings began to show up. But, decendants of those early one-celled lifeforms are still around today. They live deep in cold oceans, yet even deeper in warm oceans, but where they live doesn’t matter. New lives are forming every day somewhere on Earth. And they can trace their biology back to the very first one-celled beings that came before them. In fact, every living being on Earth can trace its ancestry back to those unicellular beings who came to life (we do not know how) 4 billion years ago. But how is not important to this philosophy, but who is!

The first unicellular beings had no real building blocks of life, no DNA for certain, but probably no RNA either. Yet through the next 500-or-so million years they learned how to make RNA and DNA, and they were happy little beings. Without going into the history of one-celled lifeforms, allow me to say eventually they became two-celled lifeforms, then three-celled lifeforms, and so on until they can now be as large as hundreds of quadrillions of cells in one lifeform, the blue whale, which is not even the biggest lifeform on Earth. No one knows how many cells are in the largest lifeform, a fungus growing in Western Oregan and British Columbia. We humans are so much smaller than either of these humungous behemoths at an average of only 37.2 billion cells.

But are you seeing what I am seeing? Every living being on Earth has one physical thing in common: From smallest to largest, all lifeforms are made up of cells, the very same cells that lived in the primordial ocean 4 billion years ago. I think that is amazing! Do you?

But let’s look at this sameness a little closer, because now we know all lifeforms, no matter who, no matter what, no matter how, are all related. I always say, never believe anything I say, unless it works for you. But this is the one exception to that insistance, please believe me when I say, “We are ALL related!” Because we are. It may not seem like it, especially if you believe humans are the superior form of life on this planet, which  may or may not be (I do not think we are) true, but then so is every other species of life, be it viral, bacterial, plant, animal, or something we have not yet discovered or labelled. When we get right down to basics, “We Are One.”

And this is why I say, the philosophy I believe in is “A Philosophy For All Living Beings.” We are all made of exactly the same stuff as formed the first types of life on this young planet about 4 billion years ago. That same stuff still makes all of us up today.

Author: rawgod

Still a Hippie, and proud of it. Have my BSW, now retired. Would have preferred to be a Dr. of Philosophy, but the university I went to wouldn't let me study my own philosophy. Your gain, their loss. I live on the edge of society with my partner, five cats, a broodmare, and a three year-old filly who might make her racing debut this coming summer or fall. Remember the name, Tricksy T Clanton.

8 thoughts on “A Philosophy for All Living Beings (the NEW Part 2)”

  1. Sounds like you are familiar with LUCA, and the search by scientist to determine out last universal common ancestor? Mathematics and biology are the real genealogists. Hah! We are most likely a shell housing these little Archaea, Bacteria, Eukarya in some evoluted form or another. They have never left our sides

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    1. Sorry, Jim, I have never heard of LUCA, though I will check it out once I get the chance.
      Everything I say comes out of me, not counting the numbers– there is no way I can know them. Aside from the numbers, I do my own reasoning, influenced, of course, by those bits of science that make sense to me, like evolution.
      But if you were to ask, most scientific “facts” I throw out with the bathwater–they don’t make sense to me, even if they are true in our reality. I live in other realities, not just the 3rd Dimensional reality science tells us about. It is just the way it is…

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      1. Well it’s nice to know that yours, along with mine, everyday careful observation can align with the best of science. It’s not that complicated if one simply looks.

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  2. I’m glad you feel that way. After I read my comment back to myself, it sounded to me like it could be taken with a few grains or more of arrogance, but it wasn’t meant that way.
    Yup, all this can be reasoned out as long as you open yoursel;f up to the possibilities–making your inside box as large as possible. My outer box keeps expanding without me noticing it, and the inside boxes expand in response. “Every action has an equal, and similar reaction,” so-to-speak.

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  3. If we get right down to basics, we are one. The problem is, such basics means devolving several billions of years to return to cellular oneness! We are no longer one, and each moment we are moving farther and farther from that simplistic reality. Complexity meant moving ever farther apart. Great mutations such as the one that “invented” homo sapiens sapiens ensured we would split into a totally separate genus, no longer able to interact naturally with the rest. That we may have moved along from the single-cell creature (I don’t accept that proposition, perhaps because “evolutionists” have pushed it into a matter of faith) may be the case, but what has a tractor in common with a vein of iron? Are they interchangeable? Can a tractor revert back to being iron ore? They are not one, never again will be, not that they ever were: much more than iron ore makes up the bulk of the tractor; much more than an accumulation of similar cells make up a human being!

    I think I grok where you are coming from and going with your argument but it’s just too simplistic. You have to look at the big picture now; life cannot be reduced once again to the single-celled entity. We cannot deny our “new” reality and we must learn to deal with it, however impossible it seems to become.

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    1. Hi, S’T, nice try, but I’m not buying it. We are still attached to every lifeform because we are all still made up of single cells. Our bodies may be complex as hell, but it is only the cells doing their specialized jobs that allows us to be who we are.
      Iron ore is not living matter–our cells are. A tractor is just cooked and shaped iron ore. Our cells are not cooked or shaped. You cannot compare living matter to non-living matter, that is apples to turtle shells. But this is only my considered ans reasoned opinion. You have your cosmology, and you get to your “end” a completely different way than I get to it. I don’t want to fight. I just want to take baby steps forward, because trying to leap ahead does not work “for me..”

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      1. Hey-Ho… the last thing I want is a fight. I’m just conversing, discussing, pointing out what doesn’t jive and trying to learn new tricks. I mean “new” tricks, not those that take me back over ploughed ground. You know that if you try to re-plough a field, you’ll get nothing more than an unholy mess, right? Let me ask you then, when you’re on a ship, or just imagine being on a cruise, are you innately aware of the crew? Connected consciously, every moment, cellular structure to cellular structure, knowing them cellularly as well as you are aware of yourself? Isn’t it a fact we can’t even know most of the “ins and outs” of our own cellular make up? Physically and subconsciously we may be “attached” to every lifeform, whatever that means, but consciously? We are different from our building blocks, as different as the flea is from the dog. There are cellular structures that kill us and we’d dearly love to get rid of those: sometimes we manage it. There are cells in the blood that cause leukaemia. Are we “attached” to those and are they a legitimate part of the greater complex structure? There are cells that metastasize, cellular predators that eat the body: are we attached to those? We have developed an immune system to warn and protect us from such invaders, or gone out of control cells – should we not be learning from that, that we have developed a new nature that exists and purposes far beyond the purposes of the mere building blocks? I would propose that instead of attempting to understand life at the cellular level, leaving that to the biologists who will never understand it in any case, that we set about understanding life at our own level: the entire body as an entity which the more independent and detached it is from the rest, the healthier and longer lived it will be. Just because we’ve made a mess of our place in nature doesn’t mean we should revert back to a basic cellular “understanding” of said nature. Au contraire, mon ami, we should seek to expand outward; to grow more human, less fundamentally Earthian, animal, froggish, fishy, insecty, and however we want to believe we oozed out of muck and mire, trading in gills for lungs, fins for arms, hands, legs and feet to become rulers of a world. That’s all BS by the way but why should we fear what we have made ourselves into, however we did it, or however it was done to us? Mind over matter, and the stars call as do those who have preceded us. I hear the music of the spheres, not the “blood music” as Greg Bear wrote it. (You probably would enjoy that book, “Blood Music” from Greg Bear. If memory serves, the theme is in keeping with what you write about.)

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        1. Haven’t read Blood Music, but I’ll check into it when I get the chance.
          As for getting away from the “building blocks,” you have to take care of your foundation if you want the house to keep standing. It is unfortunate that our cells don’t all come perfectly healthy, but our mothers ingest some pretty nasty things as they grow babies. Look at the “thalidomide” scandal in the 60s, those kids really suffered, but yet most of them survived to lead somewhat normal lives, considering what they weren’t born with…
          So to me, caring for our bodies cellular make-up is very important to me. Not to put the onus on just the mother, but that is a logical place to start. Alcohol fetal syndrome is probably one of the worst things a woman can do to her baby, yet it happens all the time.
          But that is just part of it. To go a bit further afield, have you ever wondered what makes up your consciousness, what gives you the ability to be sentient? I have thought of it a lot, and while I am not promoting this idea very seriously (yet), one of the most logical theories IMO is that our minds are actually a group mind, or some kind of result of a group mind situation. One cell may not be sentient, but still it has the spark of life in it. This spark is necessary to be considered alive, as far as I can see. At some point, enough sparks working together would tend to become a conscious mind.
          How big does a computer have to be to enable artificial intelligence. Not that big, nowawadays. But how many decisions can it make in an instant, that is the real factor. The computer needs a lot of “yes/no” gates to function, so why not brains too. But not just brains, every cell in the body had the potential to be a yes/no gate. That could explain sentience.
          To me, our cells are very important. They connect us to the past, and they connect us to the future, while allowing us to live in the present. Its only a theory, but I like it!
          Now, I have never been on a cruise ship, or a water-going ship of any kind, but why would I consciously be connected to the crew, or even the passengers. I know they are all there, I would greet them accordingly, share stories with those who wanted to do so, or hide in my cabin if I felt the need to be alone. It would be like being part of my body: my brain would take care of my breathing and heartbeat, my stomach would digest my food, my blood would deliver that food to my varous cells, and I would rarely give those processes a conscious thought. Why would a crewmember, or another passenger, require my conscious attention unless they are intentionally seeking me out. However, like my heart and lungs and stomach and blood, I am unconsciously aware of what they are doing. If all is working well, then all is ight with my body.
          However, were something to go wrong, I would soon know about it, and do what I vould to fix it.
          But I think you are asking about the spiritual connections caused by the sparks of life I see. If someone falls overboard I will shout for help. If someone is choking I will see what needs to be done. If a crime is being committed, I will attempt to interrupt the situation somehow. Or if a dog or cat is being mistreated, same thing. If a bird is being taunted, or being made the target of thrown missiles, I will step in to save it. If a spider or rat is being abused, I will try to stop the abuse. I try my best to be aware of my fellow living beings, and offer aid when needed. I have no illusion about the superiority of humanity, we are all living beings together. What I can protect, I will protect. If I cannot protect directly, I will try to redirect. If I cannot redirect I will interfere as best I can. Why would I do anything else?
          To answer your question about cells gone berserk, of course we are connected to them. You are a human. Trump is a human. You may not like him, but you are both human. The same with cancer cells, or viruses that make us sick. Do you think they know they are intentionally making us sick. Of course not. They are trying to have a symbiotic relationship with the cells around them. They need cells to be alive to give them life. That’s all they want, same as you, to live your life the best way you know how. Are you helping make the world sick? Probably. So am I. I live 8 hours away from Edmonton. I burn a fossil fuel to travel there and back. I kill bugs by putting a speeding windshield in their way. I use up oxygen, and give off carbon monoxide to trash the air quality. The problem being, we cannot live our lives without harming nature in some way. We are life, living off life. We are a viral species. We just think we are more important than viruses. We are not!
          As for being detached from lesser beings, that makes me cringe. If we can be detached from those “lesser” than us, we can be detached from those “superior to us.” Is that what you want to be? Really?
          Meanwhile, while we are expanding inward, we are also expanding outward. The two are not incompatible. We are talented that way. But we are also standing still where we are. Expanding inward. Standing still. Moving laterally. Even jumping up and down. And expanding outward. We are growing–or at least I hope we are…
          My typing finger is getting sore. Another time, perhaps, S’T?

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