Pym is about the evolution of life. Can we recognize ourselves in others? It is through our shared evolutionary path that we have common bonds such as emotion development, the same cell structures, genetic encoding with DNA, nervous systems and other systemic symbiotic functions with all our sister species through our shared history together. We have travelled down long evolutionary pathways together, either by tumble or slide and often integrating and reintegrating with other species; diverged, lended, reinforced and redirected only to build, discard and rebuild again evolutionary elements biologically weaving them together in highly varied and dynamic creations through the generations. Myriads of complexities held both within and without.
The evolutionary path has been symbiosis at its finest ~ As the Buddha says — loving kindness, compassion for others, taking joy in other’s joy, equanimity, there comes …the Great Peace. Should we recognize ourselves in others? Sure. There are those darn pathogens as in most species (perhaps all), but they amount to nothing the good ones cannot handle, as we optimistically say in America.
The bottomline is to survive somehow, yes to maintain, advance, and interact in evolution. Protection, opportunity and exposure all to compete for resources play a part in species adaptability; often a determining role. Research shows that flexibility and genetic malleability from within the generations can advance a species consistently. But species strength comes from no better a place than the innate ability and creativity to work with others. To build together is the strength that improves chances for survival and pushes advancement…in the long term ~interaction and symbiotic maneuvering is rather essential for continued and creative life. There is vitality generated by the interplay with others, is there not? Similar to the Great Peace professed by the Buddha, there is the Great Vitality.
As we study how species survive and thrive all the way to abundance, the research often reveals principles of checks and balances which govern systems balancing and rebalancing over time. This is important research. We may learn. It is better to say that we, as a species, must learn.
Evolutionary principles may be applied to just about every issue we face – from war to immigration, traffic patterning to physics, etc. . The more we tease out these complexities of nature we may also apply those “natural” methods to our issues. The result is that often we come closer to a self-perpetuating, sustainable or natural harmony , a goal in itself. But chaos also has its place in shedding the old established habits and taking on new, better solutions. Remember, let it flow. War or gangs have scattered the populace of other countries, let them seek new horizons. . If the interior balance becomes imbalanced as a result, seek new solutions to handle the new imbalance. We have spent decades, centuries and millenniums displacing other species, yet we have found ways to lead our species into economic prosperity. However, if the human species cannot extend compassion for others to a compassion for other species to live as they were born to live, all are impoverished.
The first step to seeing is to perceive ourselves as just another species blessed to have evolved on our planet earth. Granted, we are a species that is considered blessed as a “higher” species; if only by the brainy advantage of our ability to emulate other species. Although the confines of our understanding of other species reside in the astonishingly different abilities with which they may interact in their particular environment. Yet in the fields of movement, anatomy and behavior we are rapidly breaking down those separated comprehension boundaries.
It amazes me that we are close to emulating the stirrings of life itself. What then? Will it take centuries for people to acknowledge that earth truly gave us life through its heat, light, minerals and asteroid debris? Will it be as long as the time it took for us to believe that the earth is round and revolves around the sun? Life began as a single cell with primitive RNA coding for reproduction. We are a package of around two trillion cells assembled in a very precise way. The journey was amazing ~ to go from a single cell, from RNA to DNA, to multi-cellular, to sensory creatures ~ surviving, morphing, multiplying, creating, discovering all the while evolving with other species.
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Recognizing self in others