The Next Evolution of ManAug 29, 2006
Today I want to discuss evolution. There are many ways to think about evolving:
- Individual evolution, societal evolution, human evolution
- Evolutions like Homo Erectus to Homo Sapien, etc.
- Agricultural age, to Industrial Age, to Information age
- An individual growing through identification with self to identification with society
A good definition of evolution is this: A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.
What is the type of evolution I'm talking about today? Making a habit of coming back to our breath is only the beginning of the deep shift I'm referring to. The evolution would be the significant shift in the capacity of the average human to express and hold onto the state of mind that lives outside of time. Humans would need to learn to be the expression of presence and stillness. We don't need to stay in that space all the time, but we need to learn about it and make it a larger part of our lives.
Stillness is more significant than just a way to deal with problems. It can have an amazing impact both on the individual, and also society.
We have made massive technological changes. Those can all be thought of as external. We've learned to bend the world to our wishes to a certain extent. Learning our own minds, learning about time and how we relate to this moment would be an internal evolution. The external changes and progress can and will continue, maybe even faster than it has to date.
Fostering stillness is where the mind needs to go. All of our problems arise out of attachment to concepts that come from being unaware. We need to understand that practicing stillness is a bigger deal than just dealing with our own simple problems. It is actually dealing with all problems. So it is important work that we're doing.
The world I see involves all these evolutions (each one would be an evolution in it's own right)
- Much less need to express ourselves violently
- Higher desire to appreciate and create art and live creatively
- People become more physically healthy, because our joys won't come as much from physically detrimental substances (smoking, drinking, drugging, eating poorly). Our joys will come from deep connections to being.
- Corporations will learn to be much more sustainable and fair (both ecologically and to people)
- Countries will come from a world view instead of a nationalistic view - lessening wars, learning to cooperate, etc.
- People will base their lives and goals more on finding and sharing meaning, rather then gratifying self (what Maslow thought was the more rare expression of mans purpose)
- We'll have more technological advances as well because much of technology is creative
Again, making a habit of coming back to our breath is only the beginning of the deep shift I'm referring to. The evolution would need to be the significant shift in the capacity of the average human to express and hold onto the state of mind that lives outside of time. Stillness is more significant than just a way to deal with problems. It can have an amazing impact both on the individual, and also society.
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