By Terry Plotkin.
I believe the day will come, sooner rather than later, when the theory of evolution will have to be updated, revised, perhaps radically, and some of its tenets discarded. For instance, it is assumed that humans and apes have a common ancestor. Why must that be so? If everything evolves from something else, where is the original starting point? Is it not ludicrous to assert that the Primordial Soup of amino acids produced an incredibly complicated species like humans and all the other varied life forms we see? And where did the soup come from anyway? And if you push it all the way back to the Big Bang then you have the entire universe emerging out of something smaller than a pinhead, somewhere in space, a very long time ago. No one has ever explained what was in the pre-exploded Bang that it would contain everything the universe has in it, or why it would explode anyway. How can anyone believe this idea? The story of Adam and Eve is easier to swallow than that one. And if natural selection is the way things evolve, why have we such large brains, much of which we dont use? How come consciousness is factored out of the formula, even though ideas come to us from we know not where? What are the roles of the dream world and other planes of existence that we are barely aware of, but are there nonetheless? How can you explain the advent of a genius like Mozart who composed great symphonies as a child? How can you account for mystics who appear from time to time who tell us that there is a higher plane of consciousness, that they have experienced, that is very different from this world, but that is, to them, as real as this world?
As a counter-juxtaposition, I will not fall into the trap of having to defend the Biblical idea that God made the world in seven days about 5700 some odd years ago. Clearly, that is not the case. Nor is it my duty to say what actually did happen for life to appear on this planet. Just because I doubt the prevailing scientific theory doesnt mean I have to have the answer.
Allow me to speculate. Shoot holes in my ideas if you want. I dont treat them as scientific fact or as religious dogma so I am not threatened by skepticism. Maybe, there is a plan for us here. Maybe we have an evolving brain, parts of which most of us dont yet use for reasons that has not become manifest. Perhaps, we live in the shadows of a world of light, a world of consciousness, a world that brings life and substance to this world, but we cant know it because it is imperceptible to our senses. Maybe, there are other planes of existence that are informing and affecting this world in ways we cannot possibly comprehend because we cannot access them.
Without knowing about the place where thought and intelligence come from, we are in no position to pass judgment about matters that we are literally in the dark about. If, through spiritual practice, right living, and a culture that fostered the proper conditions, we were to quicken our evolution, more of us would become sages and help explain what is really going on to humanity, void of superstition. Trying to create the ideal conditions that would allow for a more evolved human to emerge would be a better use of our time then honoring theories that dont make sense or believing dogma that will not stand up to reason. Even the worst-case scenario where nothing much came of the effort would still leave us in a much better world than we are creating now. What do we have to lose?