Sraddhalu Ranade - Evolutionary Principles of Humanity
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globaloneness project Evolutionary Principles of Humanity When we observe evolution, we see several independent lines of development. [Sraddhalu Ranade So Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, I] There's an individual growth and there's a collective growth. And the collective growth lags behind the individual growth. But within the individual growth, there are many facets and within the collective growth, there are many facets. So when Darwin, for example, speaks of "survival of the fittest," we generally understand it in terms of who's stronger and overwhelms another? Who has adapted to take advantage of circumstances against one who cannot take the same advantage? But actually, a deeper observation shows that not only there is a fitness of strength, but there is equallly a development of beauty. If survival of the fittest was the only law, then all of us would have a stronger, bigger right hand than a left hand-- --because all of us use the right hand more than the left, at least 90% of humanity. So why hasn't natural selection made one side bigger than the other? Because inherently in evolution, is also the urge to express beauty. So we have fitness, we have beauty, and then, inherently in evolution is the urge to express knowledge. It's very easy to have a brute form that overwhelms everyone else. But nature always wants superiority of also of knowledge. And we find ultimately, that evolution has several facets of its growth and the individual is the precursor and when enough individuals push forward, a capacity or a tendency establishes itself in the whole species, and the rest flow effortlessly in that same pattern. Now there's a principle being commonly referred to today as The Hundredth Monkey, which comes from an experiment done off the coast of Japan, on some islands, where scientists taught some monkeys to wash vegetables in seawater. Having washed them, the monkeys found them more tasty and began to do it automatically. And one taught another and another and another. At a certain point, when it reached a critical mass, they found that monkeys on other, unconnected islands began spontaneously to wash their vegetables. So there's an initial struggle made by a few individuals, and when they have internalized a certain change of consciousness, and there are enough of us who have internalized it, it automatically spreads into the mass of the species, at the level of the species' consciousness and the species' identity, and effortlessly, the mass feels itself shifting into this new habit or change of consciousness. Now the same applies to human beings. In this present crisis of consciousness in evolution, when enough of us can make a certain shift within us, it impacts the mass. On the other hand, there's another relationship which is more harmful. The mass acts like a weight and drags back the pioneering individuals and you will see it as a common experience. Anybody who has presented an idea, or a artistic expression or a new theory which is too radical, he is first violently criticized--first he his ignored, then when he turns out to be successful, he is violently criticized and an attempt is made to suppress. When finally he breaks through and others join, then suddenly the mass says, "Oh, but that was obvious always." These are three phases of the work of genius. But that initial resistance of the mass is the biggest difficulty in evolution. And the resistance has a positive side. It is intended to consolidate the gains of the past. That's what the resistance holds. So that any attempt to change does not change too quickly and lose the past gains. So any new effort must take into account the best of the past and must include it in its new forms, and then the mass will more easily slide into the new change of consciousness. If it abandons that gains of the past, then the resistance is stronger. There is an evolutionary principle that we can recognize and value and then take advantage of. But that's the unfortunate relationship of the individual with the collective. The collective pulls back, the individual has a struggle, but when enough individuals make a change, the collective follows. And the change is almost automatic after that. www.globalonenessproject.org
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