This is a part two of a two part article exploring the requirement for collaboration in the evolution of consciousness. You can read part 1 here
There is no great plan as such; not that I have ever been able to discern; just an inexorable pull, like gravity, drawing us all in small steps toward potential. Where we fit in at any given moment is really up to each one of us. In an ideal world where people were mindful of the task (evolving consciousness) we would all be guided and enabled by our unique talents to live in society as collaborators rather than competitors.
To survive in turbulent times requires an ability to adapt, physically, psychologically and sociologically. A short life-cycle, even in complex organisms, enables fast responses to environmental and sociological change. As the human mind expands, with the stimulus of sophistication and the imperative of thought, and shared thought, we imbue the task with an ever increasing sense of urgency, and find ourselves fraught with such levels of stress and trauma, the companions of rapid change, that one feels nothing less than awe at our willingness to shoulder the load. We are being tempered and honed by the Logos for the task. To adapt and survive though is not enough. If we are to continue as a species the Logos must be served, for if we are not able to continue to be a viable medium within which expression of consciousness can evolve then consciousness will find another way to express itself.
So, beyond academic pondering on the nature of the task, how do we serve the logos in a practical way?
Consider the difference between collaborators and competitors. Consider the difference between: survival of the fittest (the most ruthless), and growth through communication (survival through intimacy). Compare a shark to an elephant or a dolphin. The shark, a necessary part of the ecosystem that accommodates us, is a self sufficient species that has not needed to evolve much physically or socially in millions of years. It has limited potential for furthering abstract awareness. An elephant though, within an intimate family structure with complex social interaction, has more variety in its experience of consciousness beyond instinct. The elephant or the dolphin communicate and collaborate within their social units. The shark may communicate in a rudimentary way, but it does not work much in concert…, and this is why, in human society, the elephants are so important, for it is the elephants who evolve through communication rather than through competition. It is the elephants who can best serve consciousness. The elephants among us need to rally together in strength of numbers, to collaborate, to communicate, to open our hearts and minds with courage and confidence, to evolve a sophisticated, self aware philosophical society through the only means possible: communication.
Survival of the fittest produces predators: necessary in the natural world, but growth through collaboration and sharing allows far more potential for subtlety and variation in consciousness.
The establishment of an elite feudal society, with already decadent predators at its apex, who embody all the worst that is man, and little of the best: selfish, cruel, ruthless lords, revelling in their power, who see their fellow humans as little more than a resource, just as they do the planet in general, who will allow no random change to challenge their status quo: this is what the institutional powers that be would prefer. Not good ground for social evolution, especially at this time. Survival of the fittest produces predators: necessary in the natural world, but growth through collaboration and sharing allows far more potential for subtlety and variation in consciousness. Retrograde societies stifle communication. The logos needs fertile ground. If we lose our moral authority to the predators who would control and dominate us it could well spell the end of the human experiment.
The sharks in our society, though they may never know it, for they are stimulated by instinct to survive and to succeed at the most short term and least permanent level, that of the material, owe the continued existence of their very souls to those of us who are able to put aside our primordial survival instinct in favour of intimate collaborative relationships within the brotherhood of the Logos.
So we ask ourselves, “What can we do to give meaning to our existence, to assuage the fear of our mortality, to find a sense of destiny, to experience joy in the moment that continues to suffuse our lives in a lasting way that shopping does not, to serve the planet in a way that gives hope to the future?” The answer: go forth and communicate, without fear of judgement or ridicule. Compose an aria, write a poem, dance, paint a picture, log on to your favourite forum and exchange philosophies, and enjoy the expressions of those who are doing the same, but most of all…, converse, listen and speak, and if you can find some meaning or truth in the dialogue so much the better. The intimacy of communication is the greatest gift that can be bestowed, and the only way that anyone can serve the Logos. It is the gift that everyone can give.
Mapping and planing the road into the future is stimulating, but joy is in the moment, in the act of will. To speak with conscious purpose is an act of will. To listen with an open heart is an act of love. There is no absolute right or wrong. There are no final solutions. There is no End that in its attainment would not nullify its purpose. There is only the inescapable process of sharing.
Within the evolution of the Logos the journey is the destination.
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About the Author: Etienne Muller – http://etiennemuller.com
Etienne Muller lives with his family in the South West corner of Ireland overlooking the ocean. Winters In this remote spot are windswept and lonely, allowing the time for introspection, thought and creativity. In summertime there is an explosion of visitors, many of whom are in Ireland searching for something a little magical, and the family art gallery http://brushwoodstudios.com (he and his family are all artists) becomes a venue for all manor of interesting, creative and inspiring people. Etienne has one addiction: he can’t stop building sea kayaks – he tries to keep it down to one kayak per year – and every now and then he wonders if he really deserves the privileged life he leads.