One thing we know for certain throughout history is that Humans had a hunger they were unable to satisfy. People live their lives trying to make sense of it and to fulfill a need they thought would make them happier. The means of acquiring this misinterpreted need got more complicated, and as a result, it became dangerous for people that weren’t capable. From my understanding of history and to be able to sum it up in a few words is not an easy task. I was able to set a few key points of the causes and the leads that resulted in us ending up where we are now. Evolutionary History.
The first known Hominins from the past seven million years were almost all discovered in Africa. The first known stone tools were produced in Ethiopia between two to three million years ago by Homo habilis, a member of the genus Homo-our own group. Homo Erectus had human-like traits such as the large brain and were the first group to migrate out of the Africa region. Migrations were north into the Middle East then spread out East to Southern Asia and West to Southern Europe. Below is a video that shows the evolutionary timeline of Humans from the first discovered Hominin till the day.
The very first Homo-Sapiens emerged in Northern Africa around two hundred thousand years ago. But the emergence of innovation is only around fifty thousand years old when Humans first gained the ability to communicate effectively. Large scale wars if we could call it that, or more accurately, confrontations between tribes were scarcely about anything other than food. The reason for this was the emergence of agriculture, which led to the creation of what is now known as civilization. Communities forced to defend themselves and their food source, so the emergence of advanced weaponry had to be introduced to keep these close communities safe from outside interference.
The reason why I went this far back in time is to introduce a starting point of what we call today, the collective consciousness. Since we can, from what we have studied and explored so far within Human history, prove that our consciousness is directly linked back to when communication was first introduced. Which makes perfect sense. I am not saying that it did not exist before that time, what I am merely pointing out is that the first time it ever made sense was during that age in Human history. When the first means of communication were introduced, groups of people were then able to converse and come up with a set of understandings, in retrospect were able to leave these recorded conversations to be found in some areas of the world like caves and are represented as drawings and/or markings on walls.
Understanding what a group of people agreed to, the norms change and become interlinked. The actions of each person is now a direct result of a recorded conversation. The mere fact that a conversation was made makes that action alone its own discovery of something that would change humankind forever. From the first conversation to the identification of each person marks the birth of Identity, that reflects the existence of one amongst many. The beginning of the end.
Spirituality, in general, is a very broad term that can hold many interpretations but in general, in any of its interpretations, it refers to a sense of connection to something bigger than one’s self. A reason for being, and a deeper meaning of life.
Spirituality developed around one hundred thousand years ago when human consciousness changed. That was the time when people started to intentionally bury their dead. About sixty thousand years later, carvings started that suggested the possible existence of a deity. Also, One vital aspect we know from history is that wars, and large scale conflicts started after Hominins were able to effectively communicate, had the resources for it, or had the tools to do so.
This grew in the collective consciousness of humans in that era and stuck around till our current times. The concatenated belief that we are all human, and that spiritual connection is between us and something bigger than any Human.
We are bound by our thoughts and actions that direct us in one path at a time. This path is a result of an action based on accumulated knowledge that in turn, led to a decision.
Equilibrium is a paradox. Whenever something good happens, the equivalent opposite occurs instantaneously. There is no scientific way of testing this theory since the totality of everything is interconnected and there are no known tools of measurement that can tackle such a large scale of information. One good thing on one side of the universe could be countered with a bad thing on the other side. What forces this to be true is its existence which is based on concurring cycles of predefined events. This idea is part of many cultures including the well known Yin and Yang. From the wars to world conflicts to every other thing that happened, happens and will happen in the future. A flaw in this equilibrium would be a direct cause of an event that would lead to an imbalance required to rectify itself.
Cause and effect
Knowing everything about something renders it unimportant, thus shifting importance to the next unknown thing connected to it. This shift in attention raises a question about two things. First, is the actual unknown and second, its connection with the known. Each action has a cause and effect. The cause creates the opportunity for action, the action generates a result, then, in turn, the result becomes a cause. I like to look at life as one giant domino effect experiment. It all started with one cause and the end is when that cause becomes the effect.
The hunger for more
We take advantage of this in our day to day lives by targeting people based on their society, culture, and behavior. The result of one action is the cause that needs to be manipulated and regenerated to re-create the same scenario. In other words, on would take the original cause, recreate it to generate a required result. Not only is this the biggest mistake but it also creates an immense hunger for more of the same. Since the use of this strategy is also implemented in rewards for certain actions. Knowing the result of a specific action makes it easier to consider and more likely to take effect. Considering the option that we are not in control of our lives makes our ability to make the right decision much harder. Our hunger for power and possessions is much higher than our need for emotional stability, and overall health be it emotional or physical. The very things that make us human are the things we are letting go of and replacing with our clinging to materialism that in turn would grant instant gratifications. The length of these gratifications is so small that we don’t get the chance to truly experience its power which creates a deep hunger for more. Even though we know the length of such gratifications, we grew desperate enough to ignore the repercussions of our actions and decisions simply because it’s instant, easy, fast, and everyone is doing it. We embrace these traits instead of the ones that matter, and by doing so, we lose our way. Love, empathy, forgiveness, and honor are traits we lost to power, greed, and fame.