When I started my last post a few days ago, I wanted to make a point about why it seems we humans have stopped evolving spiritually. Looking around us, all over the world, we find populist movements and conservative/republican ideas are seemingly taking hold of governments from America to Zimbabwe, and everywhere in-between. If humans are evolving spiritually, how can this be happening? How can genocides be happening? How can climate change be called a hoax? Worst of all, how can we be so close to fighting a war in which nuclear weapons could destroy life on Earth. Maybe not all life, cockroaches and plankton might survive, but that would put us billions of year back in the evolutionary processes, both physical and spiritual.
I think, no, I know, spiritual evolution is real. Where other people see the wonder of God, I see the products of two evolutionary processes happening side-by-side. Physical evolution is a slow process, one has to look over million-year tracts of time to see how living beings are evolving. It took some 4.5 billion years to move from one-celled beings swimming in the primordial soup to become multi-celled being called humans who believe they can have thoughts that rise above birthing, eating, fucking, and dying. It is only in the last ten or so thousand years that spiritual ideas, as we know them to be, have become possible. And it is only in the past few hundred years that we have truly starting thinking beyond Earth being the dominion of gods and realizing living beings are the ones in charge of our own lives. Most humans have not even got there yet. Why might that be?
In my mind it is because people still see themselves as the crown of creation, thinking we are the only ones capable of thinking higher thoughts. Science is only now telling us that other lifeforms, including plants and trees, can communicate with each other in ways we once believed only humans could. Scientists are discovering intelligence where we always thought we were the only intelligent beings around. And soon our scientists will come to see that humans are not the only species with sentience, the awareness of ourselves. How did these things happen? At least in the West, starting from Asia Minor and moving towards the western shores of the Pacific Ocean, particularly north of the Sahara Desert, a book called the Bible shaped our thoughts about ourselves. And God gave humanity dominion over the plants and animals. With those few words we came to believe only we have what Abrahamic religions call souls, non-physical bodies that survive death and go to places like Heaven and Paradise. The idea is so well packaged and marketed that is has spread not only over all western areas, but is now widespread in the East also. The One True God rules over more than 50% of the peoples of the world, and the feeling of human superiority exists in probably 90% or more of the population of the world.
This is the illusion that Spiritual Evolutionists have been working under for over two hundred years, because they are looking at it through humancentric eyes and minds. And they are encapsulating it in the idea God rules this universe, while all they can really talk about is this world. And even there they are wrong.
It is not much of a limb, but I will go out on it anyway. There is no God, or god, or group of gods ruling anywhere, or anything. There is no Supreme Intelligence directing where life is going. There is only us, living beings, who are responsible for what happens to us. Most of the living beings on this world are humble enough to not bother about anything but their own lives. They still birth, eat, fuck (or otherwise reproduce), and die without worrying what happens to others. They are content to live in their own little worlds. But we humans are not content to do that. Because we have dominion over all other forms of life we think we can go where we want and do what we want with impunity. No one else matters. Only us! But after centuries of living like that, we are finally starting to learn, we cannot survive without all those others species of life to help us live healthy lives.
Ask yourselves, please, do you harbour these feelings of superiority over other species? I’m betting a good 97% of the humans of this world feel that way, if they think about it. Not everyone thinks about it. But most of us live that way because we are taught as children we are the crown of creation. The truth is far from this…