It seems to me that human beings are amazingly complex entities, in an amazingly complex reality.
It seems that our reality started to take shape some 14 Billion years ago. The original stuff of this reality was weird beyond our current knowledge, and as time space and matter sorted itself out, this original stuff condensed through many phases until eventually we were left with simple atoms and electromagnetic energy.
Over hundreds of millions of years the first stars formed, and in their violent explosive deaths most of the heavier elements that make up our bodies were formed.
Our solar system is a second generation system, composed of star dust from earlier exploded stars – as are we.
It seems that our planet formed some 4.5 billion years ago, and very early on developed life. For over 2 billion years early life on earth was simple single cells – bacteria.
Eventually about a billion years ago, more complex eukaryotic cells developed. These were essentially a colony of simpler cells within a larger cell membrane. The remnants we see today of these are the plasmids – the mitochondria within our own cells, and the chloroplasts within plant cells.
Eventually sexual reproduction allowed more complex organisms to evolve far more rapidly than asexual reproduction allows. It seems likely that the force that allowed sexual reproduction to get started was the genetic damage caused by free radicals released from the mitochondria.
Over the next billion or so years, life seems to have evolved from single cells to the amazing complexity we see today ( plus many times more than that that have gone extinct in the interim, for a whole raft of reasons, large comet strike, large meteor strike, large scale volcanism, climate change induced by plate tectonics, climate change due to changes in solar activity, and many many others).
About 5 million years ago our ancestors seem to have started walking on their hind legs, which freed up their hands for tool use. Slowly we have acquired a huge number of characteristics that allow for the many layers of systems within us to give rise to the self awarenesses that are reading these words.
It seems very probable that the process that has powered all of this is evolution by natural selection.
Evolution is fascinating.
It is a very simple idea, that leads to amazing outcomes over time.
All it requires is something that makes copies, occasional errors in the copies leading to variation, and differential survival of those variants.
For billions of years all evolution had to work with was DNA and RNA.
For the last few million years it has had culture.
About 10,000 years ago, something seemed to really happen to the rate of cultural evolution – it shifted into overdrive.
Now we have evolution happening at many levels, and we have awarenesses arising at many levels.
It seems to me that there is no limit to the potential number of levels to which awareness can rise – at each level transcending and including the lower levels.
Each human being appears to be a potentially unlimited creative entity, yet most of us form habits very early in our lives that severely limit our ability to see our own creative potential.
We are each an interesting interplay of probability functions, potentialities, habits, culture, and creativity powered by holographic intuition.
We are each complex beyond the ability of any mind to comprehend.
Every one of us has about 10,000 times more cells in our bodies than there are people on the planet.
Every cell has within it about the same number of molecules as there are cells in our bodies, of some 50,000 different types.
All of that complexity is doing stuff thousands of billions of times every second.
Our conscious awareness cannot register anything faster than about 15 times per second.
Yet our conscious awareness can create contexts, and contexts within contexts, in potentially infinite complexity.
We are truly amazing things.
It seems to me to be time to start taking very good care of each other, and the environment that supports us all.