Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and other Primates

Some 50 years ago, Earth population was 3,329,122,479. Let us retreat a few more years to, say, 1950. In that year, the headcount hovered around 2.5 billion. Even this smaller number was greater than any in modern or ancient history. Today, in 2016, human population is reputed to have reached 7,404,976,783.  What is even more disturbing is that by the year 2062, we are estimated to will have crossed the 10 billion mark.

Let us assume that there is a finite number of ‘souls’ created (evolved?) to inhabit the human form. Surely, the number of souls incarnated into human body must have reached its apex long ago. Hence, even if periods between reincarnations last a lot longer than the time we spend on Earth, in this illusory, phenomenal reality, we must have run out ‘human’ souls long ago. Therefore, once the total number of souls allotted to human species has been reached, the new, some 5 billion additional humans, must have drawn on other sources. If we accept the concept of evolution, then it is reasonable to assume that great many ‘souls’ walking the Earth today are incarnated into a human form for the VERY FIRST TIME.
This would account for the comportment of the masses, who resemble monkeys (no offense to simians, they have their rights) a lot more than humans. One look at the behaviour of public attending countless TV shows, professional sports events, or even some political conventions, attest to this theory.
I’m sure that in a few millennia from now some of them, perhaps most, will resemble humans not only in external appearance but also in modus vivendi. Until then, however, we should not expect from them more than they are capable of offering. After all, we all began where they are now, a few billion of them—crossing the great divide from reactive to proactive life-forms.

On the other hand, taking into account that technology has equipped us with additional power in many fields of endeavour, and since power corrupts, we might be in serious trouble. We know that among primates, all alpha males fight for prominence. Recently, females have joined ranks of  those want their finger on the nuclear button.  
Due to the exemplary diligence with which we ignore the repeated advice of great mystics and philosophers, we are in grave danger of regressing to more primitive forms, perhaps below those of monkeys and other vertebrates. The chances that a baby born today will be equipped with a soul which gained previous human experience is nominal at best.

Many are called, but Few are chosen. The rest, some 5 billion people, have not yet entered the ranks of the Many, let alone the Few. They are the masses waiting to discover that they are not their bodies. Nor what their bodies were, are, or will be. There is ample evidence that the overwhelming majority of us have not discovered this fact. Those who have, embark on the most exhilarating journey towards infinity.
The journey is eternal.

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  1. British prime minister Theresa May said she would be willing to authorize a nuclear strike that could kill 100,000 people. So much for the gentler sex.

  2. Paradise in not a place. It is a state of consciousness.

  3. Tomatoes have 31,760 genes which is 7,000 more than human beings. I wonder if, one day, Dr. Dawkings will evolve into a tomato.