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evolutioneyesI like following current events and on occasion putting my two cents into the thought pool…

Did you see this recent sensational piece about artist Nickolay Lamm’s illustrations of “Faces of the Future? What humans might look like in 100,000 years? The photo to the left is Lamm’s interpretation.  I say it is sensational because top biologists like Dr. Mark Siegal, an associate professor at New York University, declined to weigh in on the topic stating, “Sorry, but I find this so far outside the realm of evolutionary biology that I’d rather not comment.” Dr. Siegal probably makes a valid assertion, still, there is no denying that humans have and will continue to change based on our environment and adaptation. Even more interesting and even somewhat disquieting is our ability to dabble in altering human DNA – thus shaping the future of human characteristics in the not so distant future.

Still, the whole topic of future human evolution got me thinking about our futures as passive or violent creatures. I have written how we are seeing this evolution in thought as people begin to awaken to their full potential; a process that requires us to shed the ego and our false-self and connect to the True Nature that exists in us all. One would think that with more information available online and through other mass media outlets that humans may slowly begin to reject greed and violence for a more compassionate and peaceful future existence.

One could only hope, right?

I did a little research on the topic of humans and the future and preened some interesting stuff written by Elizabeth Cashdan, professor of anthropology at the University of Utah. She states, “Evolution didn’t just shape us to be violent, or peaceful, it shaped us to respond flexibly, adaptively, to different circumstances, and to risk violence when it made adaptive sense to do so. We need to understand what those circumstances are if we want to change things,” said Cashdan.

All good and well; right? So, what does that mean for future generations?  Biologist David Carrier, also of the University of Utah, does pose a somewhat disheartening forecast:

He states: “This will be especially important (potential for violence) in places where key natural resources are becoming scarce”, said Carrier, who warned that “if basic resources such as food and clean water become more limiting, as many scientists believe is likely to happen as a result of climate change and energy shortages, then the environmental and social drivers of violence may become more difficult to control.”

Not the best forecast is it? Still, there is hope that compassion and human ingenuity will arise from the ashes of ego and false-self and that humanity can come together to meet the challenges of the future. Tough sell? Well, we all still have our own autonomy; here now and in the future. All we can do is live to our best ability and try to pay it forward… That is what I am going to try to do…

John C. Bader

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I read an interesting article recently about whether or not humans are still evolving.  Evolution has always involved varying levels of natural selection – Evolution occurs in response to outside forces that weed out whatever individuals are least fit to survive those pressures, allowing those better-fit individuals to survive and reproduce. However, since humans radically alter their environments, some researchers have questioned whether natural forces of selection continue to act upon our species. For instance, agriculture can generate a surplus of food that can insulate us from many ills of the world.

Research of large demographics show there is still evolution in regard to fertility, mating success and that there is really no natural selection between the rich and poor in developed countries. I have always joked that my apparent receding hairline is evolution responding to global warming –jesting that I am evolving quicker than others due to my adaption to the environmental changes of the world – of course I am joking.

Still, some research shows that evolution could be more sublime and astral in its trappings. For example, humans are becoming more conscious of evolution itself. We are beginning to understand what we are doing instead of just reacting to the environment. In a Responsive Universe, evolution takes on a whole different definition – there can be many complexities to its explanation – it is not necessarily biological evolution but spiritual evolution and how we see and interpret our surroundings and social evolution in how we treat our common neighbors – with compassion or with hate and greed. Such mindful evolution is allowing us to see the world like never before. There is less reliance on organized religion and new connections to intricate energy levels that seem to lie just below the surface of the materialistic world we live in. I imagine humans will continue to adapt to our environment from a social, spiritual and biological standpoint and the important thing it seems is being aware of our place in this world and Universe – in essence being mindful of our surroundings and how the actions we make ripple across infinity.

John C. Bader

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I just watched an online video featuring astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I kind of equate Neil as sort of the “Carl Sagan” in this new era of future generations. He is incredibly intelligent and also has the ability to show and explain the intricacies of the Universe in ways that are palatable to the average person – like me…

In this recent online video, he claimed we as humans only see and understand a staggering 4% of the working energy and matter of the Universe. That means we do not know what is driving the other 96% of the Universe. WOW…

4% of the Universe? And yet he muses, we consider ourselves an intelligent species. What defines intelligence?  Neil makes it clear humans define this term “Intelligence”. He asks, would an advanced alien species think of the human race as intelligent?

He notes that Chimpanzees  have very similar DNA to humans. In fact, it may surprise some right-wing Christians that chimp DNA differs by 1% to that of humans. That one 1% difference is a lot though. Humans can create poetry, build telescopes and space stations. A chimp can poke a stick into a termite hole to flesh out a tasty treat. Still, there is only a 1 % difference in DNA evolution between chimps and humans – amazing…

But imagine an alien species whose DNA is say 1% more advanced than that of humans. One could surmise that there would be huge differences based on our similarity with chimps? Would an alien race consider us as primal and unintelligent as chimps? It makes you wonder.

It also makes you wonder about our place in this vast Cosmos. It makes you wonder about religion, war and our place on Earth in relation to something so vast and undiscovered as the Universe. It makes me want to take a deep breath and simply revel in the immensity of it all; making no claims about genesis or dogma – just reverence; that I am apart of this amazing system of order that is the Cosmos.

John C. Bader

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I have been on a little Jesus kick this week. Earlier, I discussed how religion and more importantly the Bible has been packaged and repackaged to meet the needs of few and manipulate the masses. Yes Jesus existed and he was a great man – it makes you wonder what he would think of modern theology and how it has twisted and redefined his teachings. I weighed in on the concept of Hell and Satan – human fabrications that only reinforce fear and longing within the ego and our false self. Even still, I believe God exists as it relates to the Universe.

Still, with all the hatred, pain, war, and starvation in the world, we beg the question, “Why doesn’t God do anything?” The answer, however, may be more elementary than you think. Bad things happen in the world because of bad people. Likewise, good things happen because of good people. God is not a force that operates at the cognitive human level. Humans operate at that level. Religions like Christianity want you to think God thinks at a cognitive level – in fact, modern religions like to in-vision God in the form of a man. Seriously, I can’t think of anything more egotistical and self-centered.

The Universe which is equated as the source of God operates at a level that is not fully understood. If we understood it, then there would be no problems in life. The order of God and Universe consists of energy and matter. The Universe does not have a human conscious; instead it creates an environment that allows for independent conscious thought; my thoughts and your thoughts. The power of energy and God is not found in one Supreme Being; it is an instinctual energy that is everything and everywhere. That is why all humans are connected to this dynamism. Its source allows for all possibilities within the realm of quantum physics. This is God explained rationally by science. Ever heard of the God Gene? It’s all relative…

Do you believe in miracles? The human race evolving over billions of years from a single cell – that is a miracle! Energy is created and then it changes form – this is God. Imagine God as a tapestry hung on the wall. The thread and yarn that bind this tapestry is God and the Universe. Humans are the shapes and images found on the tapestry. Further, God is like a blank canvas. Without the canvas, no shapes or images could exist. Humans are the painted shapes and images that fill a canvas. Through the power of God, we can form images and create beautiful art. Therefore, the power of God is ours to wield. We may be one example of many art forms across the Universe. As you can see, it is difficult to explain this enigma in human terms. Colorful analogies of art and expression only explain the unexplainable so well. There is a clear point when words fail to explain God. Still, the point I am trying to make is that we are tangible products of God and the Universe. This should be the common denominator from which we base our faith on. It is something constant and unchanging. God is the source of our True Nature and it is something we can depend on. No matter what race or creed we are born from, our True Nature is an indestructible trait we all possess – it defines our commonality as the human race.

God or the quantum energy of the Cosmos is inside every individual’s heart and mind. We are all made from the same celestial recipe. I guess you could say we were all created by God (or Universe) whether good or bad. If we are made from God, then why wouldn’t we be an appendage of God? It would be a real waste of time and life if we were put on this earth to walk around confused and powerless. Yet, in many ways we do walk around confused and powerless, lead by ego and false self. In most religion, there is this disconnect to the true power of God and Universe. Religion is weighted down with manmade dogma, rituals and the unnecessary. It is up to each individual to find God inside themselves and then wield that power for good. God and the Universe created us and thus we have within our power the ability to create positive energy. Karmic positive energy (the power of God) can end suffering. People, therefore, have the power within them to better the world and to create healthy lives for themselves and others. Conversely, people also have the power to manifest hate and create a living hell on Earth. Denying the fact that God does not exist within humans continues to reinforce religion with blind faith which does not create anything but inaction. Being lead by the nose creates inaction. Religion can facilitate this environment – look at the world, it is a complete mess. Is religion really meeting the needs of humans? It is up to the individual to challenge themselves and with an open mind, to establish a personal faith that connects to the bigger picture. It is up to the individual to understand their own tiers to self-actualization. It is up to each individual to find God within and then act, taking heed to our inner voice. Gone would be persecution, war, starvation and suffering when we look inward and find God. Mankind would find commonality and a kindred spirit. The future may appear unclear and foreboding, but once one realizes that the future is in our own hands, a clear path opens towards enlightenment. A weight is lifted and then there is space for everything – this is the essence of enlightenment. This is what we are striving for: Self-actualization, a higher level of human evolution.

That my friends is how we evolve in the Responsive Universe

 

John C. Bader

 

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Is there a need to prove that miracles exist in this modern age of science and reason? Is there validity in regard to the miracles of Jesus? Is there a need to prove miracles?

Probably not as many people already believe in miracles across many religious faiths. Earths existence born from hydrogen, carbon and amino acids is in itself a miracle. Many consider childbirth and the evolution of man a miracle. The gift of conscious thought is a miracle. Therefore it is not necessary to validate miracles, even those of Jesus.

….and what about Jesus? Jesus Christ was a special person with unique visions. Taking dogma and parables of divinity out of the equation, it is safe to say Jesus had a religious awakening – most major religions speak of such awakenings or Kundalini experiences. Depending on the level of enlightenment, a person can theoretically become one with spirit – even see visions of grandeur so different than that of a common man or woman. Independent testimony of “Near Death Experiences” (NDE) has also shed light on a similar phenomenon illustrating that people who undergo an awakening or NDE experience have aligned themselves with their souls and True Nature.

It’s interesting to note that Jesus was persecuted for his teachings and was crucified for his beliefs. And even today, when someone quite possibly has their own spiritual or Kundalini awakening, no doubt they would also be persecuted for claiming that he or she was the messiah or the “Chosen One”. It happens all the time with cult-like groups.

If you read my blog then it is no surprise that I am a critic of organized religion. I feel it creates more problems than it solves both on a personal and social/political level. Still, it is important for cultures to believe as they wish, free from persecution, profit and social manipulation – it’s their prerogative. It is called freedom of mind. This freedom of mind is the sovereignty to question authority and be free to speak our minds without discrimination. Only until recently, has this social environment been available to western culture. In places like the Middle East, freedom from religious persecution is still a major problem, especially for women.

Now that I am on a Jesus kick, next time I want to touch on how early Christianity may have been more Buddhist than people thought. I love to stir the pot with religious controversy!

John C. Bader

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