How will humanity survive?
The elephant in the room is ego – each one the center of its own Universe1. Yet this is the only world we believe is possible. What will it take to initiate a Copernican shift away from our myopic, egocentric orientation – and transform our disparate array of isolated egos into a Network of integrally interconnected beings? As such, we might each then perceive and experience life from a more permeable individuality than our current discrete form. Newly discovered or developed senses2 beyond the physical, forge empirical links to one another and to our world that become the ‘Inner Net’ – a new humanity. This is our evolution.
As a new humanity where we are always in some way tangibly connected to one another, concepts like adversary and selfishness dissolve. Our newfound senses transcend such notions. The role of ego shrinks to function principally as ID and location coordinates from where our unique personal lives contribute to an equally perceivable larger experience. This is our evolution.
Inner Net exhibits characteristics of Hive Mind3. Consider insect colonies – termites are a society of creatures capable of building mounds that rival our tallest skyscrapers in relative scale4. Bees communicate within their colonies5 and with plants6 in a survival synergy that we do not yet fully comprehend. These creatures create and flourish collectively within domains where thousands of them survive with an order and efficiency that make our atrocious political conflicts here at our self-authorized ‘top of the food chain’7 appear ludicrous and primitive. They accomplish all this without technology or money. This does not mean to portray our potential future as a matrix of mindless automatons. Rather, as evolved beings, our interests will best be served by developing (awakening?) similar sensitivities and channels of communication. As the new humanity, our current climate change crisis could be clearly acknowledged around the globe relatively spontaneously and inspire an appropriate, self-evident local response by each one of us. This is our evolution.
Recent microbiome research8,9 continues to reveal its integration in our physical, mental, emotional, even spiritual constitution. Each of our ‘non-human’ cells functions as an indispensable element of our ‘whole being’ – just as we might become cognizant of our ‘whole being’ as a unique and integral ‘cell’ within the living macrobiome, Gaia10,11 – the spirit of indigenous cultures’ philosophy12 amplified to global scale reality. Outlooks from such a vantage point might clarify ancient mysteries such that institutions founded on selective beliefs (e.g.: religion, scientism) are rendered obsolete and replaced by an emerging empirical Integral Spirituality13. Recall the parable of the six blind men who argue over what an elephant is, based on which part each of them holds. After evolution opens our eyes, each now contributes details from their respective parts of a mutually acknowledged whole – the argument is no longer possible. This is our evolution.
Progress ought to entail the revelation of some new facilitating dimension(s). Imagine the sea creatures who first ventured forth from an exclusively water bound environment, developed an atmospheric dimension to their reality, became amphibious, and eventually land based. Our evolutionary growth at hand is of just such an order of magnitude – albeit accelerated. Staying with this analogy – our new sense of living transpires in an environment of a higher order density in the same way that air is less dense than water. Esoteric literature suggests just such a transition is already in progress from an ostensibly 3rd to 4th density14,15. Future evolution stages may incorporate an intrinsic awareness of the space/energy between or within molecules – displacing our current illusory perception of matter as solid, or life as ‘flickering motion picture’ model, if you will. As biocentric network nodes, we might experience our personal limits as a fluid, interactive boundary rather than the rigid shell that egocentricity demands – the gene instructing us to regard our epidermis as boundary mutates to a more expansive and dynamic program. This is our evolution.
The primary obstruction is our egocentric delusion of personal sovereignty. For millennia we have been held captive by a conviction of identity that insists: ‘I am ego’ and ‘ego is me’. Paul Levy presents the case of “wetiko (malignant egophrenia) as a psychotic sickness of the soul and spirit at the root of humanity’s inhumanity to itself”16. Wetiko (aka Windigo, Wihtikow) is a Native American term for a virus of the psyche infecting us all. Wetiko maintains its lock on us insidiously with tools for its self-preservation that emphasize and reinforce our sense of separateness – guns and money among the most powerful. Our iron clad identification with egocentricity is wetiko’s strongest defense. How powerful is the subliminal resistance you feel right now as you entertain the proposition herein to confront it within yourself? Can you see that forest for the trees? Are you willing?! This is our evolution.
The egocentricity experiment with human design has run its course – its climax is our confluence of crises. Virtually all system solutions and ascension paths proposed by even the most enlightened among us fail to breach egocentricity’s stronghold. The forecast for our imminent extinction17 is well founded and arguably certain unless we become something new18. Metamorphosis is appropriate terminology here. At this Moment in history, ages of humanity can be metaphorically distilled into a litter of newborn kittens, blind from birth, whose eyes are now poised to open onto their world for the very first time19….are we ready? This is our evolution.
Relieving humanity of egocentricity’s bondage by consensus is impossible. Political proposals are hopelessly impotent. We need metamorphic catalysts immediately – means and methods to efficiently transmute egocentricity and profoundly evoke our innate senses of interdependence and compassion20 – cocoons through which we caterpillars transform into the butterflies we so urgently need to become. Accelerating selfless (ego free) Love for oneself, one another, Gaia, and the Universe is the principal component at the root of all such action21. Progress must manifest virally – just as news that ‘War is Over’ will spread like wildfire. Time is ticking. This is our evolution.
References and relevant/resonant reading:
- Sh#t Your Ego Says – James McCrae
- What Unlocking Your 7th Sense Could Mean For You
- Could Humans Evolve into a Giant Hive Mind? – Annalee Newitz
- Collective Mind in the Mound, Lisa Margonelli
- Honey Bee Communication
- Study: Bees and Flowers Communicate
- The Myth of Human Supremacy – Derrick Jensen
- Genetic Dark Matter, Return of the Goddess, and the Post-Science Era – Sayer Ji
- Nature’s Bounty: The Psychobiotic Revolution – Jordan Davidson
- Fear of a Living Planet – Charles Eisenstein
- The Earth is a Sentient Living Organism – Liz Bentley
- Mitakuye Oyasin – Teresa Bryan
- An Integral Spirituality – Ken Wilber
- The Fourth Density – Martin Izsak
- Comparing 3rd and 4th Density Relationships – Lyssa Royal
- The Greatest Epidemic Sickness Known to Humanity – Paul Levy
- The Sixth Extinction – Elizabeth Kolbert
- How Soon Is Now – Daniel Pinchbeck
- Consciousness 2016: The Lifting of the Veil – Christine Horner
- The Need of the Hour – Ven. Bikkhu Bodhi
- Towards Cultures of Aliveness: an Anthropocene Manifesto – Andreas Weber and Hildegard Kurt