I know many people believe we are just monkeys on a rock hurtling through space.
I’ve tried this idea on and for me it just doesn’t fit.
To decide that this is the evolutionary stage of development that we find most relatable is kind of funny.
Of all the things you could latch onto!
It’s not that I think we are better than apes it’s just that evolution goes so much further if you really want to go there. If we’re to use evolution as our reference point for our position in the universe as a species, then why not follow the evolution story all the way back to the single cell organisms and beyond.
Why not even go back to the fact that we descend from the minerals, molecules and even the atoms and light particles from which this whole crazy universal existence stemmed from some 14 (or so) billion years ago.
If you look at it from this perspective we’re all of sudden positioned as a collection of universal particles with an increasingly specialised function that has over billions of years, organised itself in such a way as to experience consciousness from the unique perspective of humans.
In reality, evolution makes us a whole lot more than just monkeys on a rock.
If you choose to view space as more than just something we hurtle through, but rather, an ever-expansive vacuum containing all the material, energy and gaseous components necessary to express life with infinite potential…
If you view the Earth as more than just a rock, but instead an incredible living and breathing system that is within itself a singular expression of life through which all human organisms and our subsequent social systems have formed…
If you shift your frame in this way you might start to view things quite differently and come round to asking yourself…
“So what’s my place in all of this?”
And that’s a damn good question to ask.
If you view us as expressions of universal evolution rather than intelligent apes, then how we choose to use our consciousness becomes a fair responsibility. What we do and say individually and as a species with that consciousness and what we create with our hands is of great importance.
All of a sudden the question “For what purpose?” is really bloody important.
It tunes us into the potential of what we can achieve, not simply as animals, but as expressions of an ancient, universal life force, so great that its boundaries are practically infinite.
Now this is not intended to be a cosmic post about human enlightenment, it’s about so much more than that, something far more immediately tangible. It’s about something I believe to be an even higher spiritual ideal than these things.
Let me ground all of this for you.
You see as much as I believe we are all children of the universe, I also believe that our most important purpose resides in close quarters; the answer lies in your community, your family, your role, your profession and business.
You see, humans are values-chasing, ideals-fulfilling machines. We all have purpose, whether we think it or not, because we all have things we want to do with our lives, now and for the future, in order to feel and be a certain way.
I call that purpose and I see it as an indicator of your key area of impact in life – the thing you will most naturally be freakin’ awesome at – AND fulfilled by.
Where this conversation becomes about life purpose is when that purpose extends outside the parameters of our own self-satisfaction.
It’s when we choose to pursue our Key Area of Impact whilst including others within our vision.
It’s when we choose to do something for ourselves as well as the world in equal importance, in such a way that it changes things for the betterment of all.
Embarking on the journey of self-enquiry that may unearth that kind of information is an illuminating activity that may take some time – but if you’re keen and want to start somewhere lets talk.
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All the best
Heath “Finding Purpose” Myers