To begin with: I do not pretend to know the ultimate truth. I'm 89 years old, so had ample time to ponder about what life is about. When I started at an early age to think about the sense of living I accepted wholeheartedly unproven truths about the conditions we are subject to. My mother was a Theosophist which had it that in the universe the laws of karma and re´ncarnation ruled our lives, This explained the apparent injustice of people being born with bad or good characters, parents and conditions. It also threw light on our interior being and origin
Growing older I started to wonder whether logic should be a guideline in ascertaining truths. The life of animals seems so cruel to us. We are besieged by illnesses, adverse conditions and bad fate. Nature does not appear to have any redeeming values.
In my lifetime some hard facts have become common knowledge. The earth was not created some six thousand years ago by a supposedly loving God, but in practice a harsh potentate who demanded being worshipped if one wished not to go to hell after death. Actually much of the contents of the holy books of religions have been proven to be untrue by archeological and historical research. As a result explanations given by religions have lost most of their value, especially in western cultures.
What became accepted is that the universe commenced with a big bang billions of years ago, developing to the cosmos we observe now. We have also ascertained that co´ncidence played a major part in our earth becoming an livable planet and that evolution brought forth animals and finally homo sapiens.
Clever minds have given us insight as to how nature and the brain works.
These are major important discoveries that were not known to the old prophets and philosophers but without which one misses fundamental information to understand life around us.
So how do I look at these things ? First of all I do realise that we are still missing important clues to comprehend the complexity of life on earth. Based on what we do know I propose tentatively the following view:
The first riddle is the very beginning of reality. Where did it all start with? Is there a void without time and space in which everything came into being? Eternity and infinity can hardly be comprehended. Can in nothingness come anything into being? Even a God? If we pose that there was 'God' in the beginning, where did he/she/it come from? I'm bypassing that riddle, for it may not for us human beings with our primitive brain to dare attempt to give an answer.
The next step is the birth of our universe. Could a multi-dimensional Godhead have attempted to raise presence in our world by creating our universe ? If so, one might compare it to the birth of a child. The big bang being the moment of fertilisation followed by growth to a body - the material appearance of the universe.
In a foetus self-consciouness develops slowly. In a similar manner a cosmic consciousness might develop along with the material outer shell like a matrix. Living organisms have a diffused self-consciousness which makes them defend themselves and procreate. Evolution develops supposedly only by natural selection.
I wonder whether the development of wonderful organisms can be explained by natural selection only - even in the course of millions of years. The second law of thermodynamics has it that in a closed systems conditions always deteriorate. How then can a fairly constant improvement from lower to higher species be explained? It reminds one of another riddle: would an ape seated behind a typewriter ever produce haphazardly a play ?
One of the stonishing ways 'nature' uses for evolution is that of metamorphosis. It changes one living organism to a completely different one in order to adapt to other (environmental) conditions. So we see a caterpillar change into a butterfly. The caterpillar feeds on leaves. At one stage it starts to spin a cocoon - disappears in it. After some time a caterpillar appears, feeding on honey and by sucking it up pollinates flowers. Similarly in amphibians, a tadpole may change into a frog, breathing underwater through internal gills and their skin. Then later most of them develop into land animals with lungs for breathing air. Specialists have found that both forms keep the same DNA structure.
If one transposes this function to our species one might speculate that man may be a metamorphosed ape. What makes man human and different from apes is not only the size of the brain but also the development of human features like creativity, language, humor, humanity and impersonal love. This infers that there is still an ape in us: our instincts. These have made the ape survive. We are in the intermediary stage. The ape in us rules still to a great extent our behaviour in sex, violence, jealousy, herd instict, ego´sm, and the whole collection of human vices that makes life on earth miserable to our fellowmen. Yet we should be thankful that we have ape instincts for they have raised us to the human beings stage. The true man still has to come out of its ego shell. If he does the result will be a new man governed by spiritual values as compassion, altru´sm, love, inu´tion, humanity. Qualities that we already value highly. Moreover other faculties may evolve in us that are not recognized by science nowadays: telepathy, clairvoyance, psychic powers such as healing. These extraordinary properties have been reported all through history, although science does not recognize them.
The other day Prof. Brian Coe, in a lecture on BBC television, gave an overview of the development of life on our planet. He concluded: 'So all life is chemistry'! And that is supposed to be the guideline for presentday youth ! No wonder there is a great search for values now that those of the church have lost credence. In olden times there was the fear of punishment in hell for one's deeds. Nowadays noone has to fear eternal retribution and can do whatever one likes if one takes care not to get caught.
Man is puzzled by the undeserved unfair chances he/she has been born under: one's DNA, parents, society, country, fate. All determine the happiness one may ever get.
In spite of all this to the new generation I should prefer to present a grand vision and say: Realize that you are a wonder in the universe ! So far astronomers have not discovered any proof that there are intelligent beings like us in the known universe (although it is most likely there are). We are the only species that can observe the cosmos and may be one day assert influence on it. Mankind is on a great journey of unparalelled dimensions and significance. Feel part of it, if you can. Mankind united is on a pathway of endeavour. Trust your innate potentialities, the healing powers and faculties that lay dormant in yourselves. The more you open yourselves, the more you will receive.
In general I should say: we are on the brink of new discoveries. Will scientists succeed in creating life in their laboratories? Will it ever dawn upon them that we might learn more from the study of anomalous phenomena than spending billions on space exploration?
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© Michael Rogge 2018