Ten minutes read.
Our thoughts and actions are triggered by neurological processes we don’t
control. Paradoxically, the more we integrate mindfulness with our daily
lives we realise that the only reality we have is the present moment, the more
life may seem somewhat pointless – because we are living as if this is all
Richard Dawkins, “life has no higher purpose than to perpetuate the survival of DNA…life has no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference”
As per his perspective of a human being, we are born, we grow old and older and die.
Survival is just a part of your life.
Other words after I am gone, there is no world because there is no ‘me’ to behold it.
So, my purpose of life should be to enjoy and stay happy in those 100 years instead of worrying to make the world “a better place.”
However, I say the last thing you want to do is die and realise you haven’t truly lived.
We might not be able to help live our lives in denial of death like a flower that dies and is blooming next spring.
Of course, the Theory of Evolution does not explain the origins of life.
It explains how life, once created, changes over time. Although origins of life are related to evolution. It is an accessory topic and area of study on a planet that will come of age when it works out the reason for its own existence.
As it appears with the present virus Corona that is affecting the old and weak, sparing the young and strong there are many different ways that evolution can happen in a population, including both artificial selection and natural selection.
The realisation that we are technically on autopilot and without free will, adds another new dimension to the question – What is the point of life if not survival?
Members of the public might be able to describe natural selection as survival of the fittest but pressed for further explanation of the term, however, most answer incorrectly.
Someone not familiar with what natural selection really is might take “fittest” to mean the best physical specimen of the species and that only those in the best shape and best health will survive in nature.
That isn’t always the case.
By that definition, then, the survival of the fittest might not be the best way to describe natural selection as it applies to evolution.
Now that this idea is stuck in our lexicon, there isn’t much that can be done to help others understand the actual meaning of the phrase beyond explaining the intended definition of the word “fittest” and the context in which it was said.
It follows that individuals with favourable adaptations will live long enough to pass their genes to their offspring.
I can take full control of my life right this second. I can act in full awareness of a particular thought of my choice. I can seize this moment to take action.
I’m not fully in control of my actions in this one; then truly, what is the point to all this doing, competing, struggling, striving, working, accumulating, etc.
Both impart that our species can adapt and change in order to survive.
On the face of it survival seems like the most unanswerable question there is, a question that nags our existence from start to finish. However natural selection will “select” the trait that is more beneficial for the species’ survival.
That’s the only answer we have available.
None of us will be travelling to any distant planets so its time we started to share what is left of this one.
It is not that there’s nothing to hope for in the future; because it doesn’t exist, but everything to perceive in the now.
The Coronavirus is one of those circumstances that can drive divergent evolution include natural disasters like volcanoes, weather phenomena, the spread of disease, or an overall climate change in an area in which the species lives.
Divergent evolution becomes necessary for survival in a changing environment.
After we die what is truly reminiscent of our existence- our progeny.
I hope my guide will enlighten you because survival is not the purpose of life, it is only a necessity!
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