As my meaningful exchanges with the ROW (rest of the world) get deeper and more interesting and I got more time to ponder them, a very curious and rather earth-shaking thought came my way. I grabbed it because I’d never seen it before. I’m a bibliophile and had never read it either. Yet, something tells me it has been hidden deep in global consciousness and is now rising to the surface.
It is a “pandora’s box” thought and one that can really jolt a thinking person’s reality.
And that thought was this…
Hum-unkind stopped evolving right about the time the industrial revolution rolled in, a poseidon-esque wave that was self-aware, like all entities, at birth. And as machines have evolved, hum-unkind has devolved.
*pause for reflection*
You see, the theme that was being shown clearly was that people pointed around them at buildings and cars and planes and hospitals and all of hum-unkind’s other “achievements” and claimed to be evolved as a result, or by association.
QED. End of story.
Not in my book. In my book, hum-unkind started de-volving in concert with the rise/evolution of the industrial revolution. We stopped evolving and machines started evolving.
Our “achievements” are actually the achievements of our “things”, who have managed to evolve through our industry. But we have not evolved.
I hope you can see what I’m saying. A modern passenger plane is an evolutionary leap on the first flying machine. But it does not reflect any real evolution in us. We devolved and laboured so that the passenger plane could evolve.
But as a species, we are now much weaker than our ancestors and machines are far stronger than theirs. Temporally linked too. Indubitably!
You can draw the same parallel in everything that we claim as an “achievement” that somehow reflects “our” evolution. No!
A modern day car is not an evolved human, it is an evolved car.
A space ship is not an evolved human, it is a highly evolved flying machine.
We are not machines. We, humans are weaker now and growing weaker everyday. On a downward slide. Inexorably in the grip of some strong suction spiral. Downward. And I suspect it is machine driven. All of those science fiction stories about machine wars came from forecasting a trend they could discern even back then (Jules Verne as an example). Logical extrapolation of how hum-unkind’s industry was being put towards the evolution of machines and to their own detriment.
Imagine no power for a week. How about a month? No gasoline for 3 days, globally. No global commerce, absolute freeze, for one day. Major city, no fresh water supply for 7 days. Major trading corporation, computer system inoperable for 1 day. Global stock-market freeze due to computer system glitch. All of the above are very high-probability scenarios at this time and we are not evolved enough to handle any of them. Neither us nor our machine “achievements”.
The premise is an important one, I feel. If we can look around us, particularly at ourselves, in the mirror, in the mirror of our society, in the mirror inside, we will, or at least many of us will, discern a certain acceleration of decay. Longer is not better, life-wise.
If the premise is correct, then is there anything we can do, as hum-unkind, to change directions? Or is this a cyclical inevitability, like a change of seasons. We must devolve to evolve again.
Even then, there is a deep lesson to be had, if we can stop looking outward and point to our things as signposts of our own evolution. Usually, the exact opposite is true.
The truly wise need nothing to justify their existence, whether beggarly or exalted.
And that is the sythesis-tic resolution of the evolution devolution dichotomy.
And as with-in so with-out.
The more you know yourself, the more you know the world.
In-volute spirals are inherently creative. Evolute spirals are de-creative.
Find a way to in-volute. Get in-volved. Get ex-solved. Clear the registers. Run a disk clean-up.
Re-store. Powerful word. Re-store energy through in-voluting.
It’s a counter-current, but there are ways to tap into it. Like salmon tap into counter-currents to swim upriver. Counter-current, counter-herd, counter-norm.
This is a rich and enriching time to be that way.
Anyone trying the first exercise?