You won the lottery the day you took your first breath. It was a 1 in 4–5 trillion chance that you in all your beauty, imperfectly perfect, with all that unique genius here on spaceship earth. Would take your first breath. Granted the opportunity to live.
“Our spirituality is a oneness and an interconnectedness with all that lives and breathes, even with all that does not live and breathe.”
— Mudrooroo —
YOUR CREATION AND CREATION
Did you know that the chance of you being born is closer to zero than anything you can conceive?
Let alone the fact that your parents (also walking miracles) connected passionately igniting a chain of chemical reactions that created your life, 9 months later! What an amazing opportunity each of us has to live and be alive! Yes it is an opportunity to live, it is not guaranteed that you will choose to truly live it.
As a unique human being on a big blue planet in an expansive universe, it’s natural that at some time or another you may have pondered some curious questions and marveled at the answers. For example:
How old is the Universe? Predicted to be 13.8 billion years.
How old is Earth? 4.543 billion years.
How long has life been on Earth? 4 billion years.
When did we see the first complex life forms? 400 million years (insects).
How old is the oldest living human civilization? 100,000 + years.
How long does the average human live? 72 years.
How long will you or I live? We don’t know. The human potential is estimated around 142 years, yet we only live half of that as a species.
Perhaps it is not about how long we live, but the richness of the life we live. Being grateful for every moment granted to us.
How long will the Earth keep living for? Predicted to be 7.79 billion years.
I will pre-frame here that science is our best guess and as mentioned above, time is a concept that humans created. However, here is what our smartest minds have come up regarding these estimations.
A BRIEF HUMAN HISTORY
Galen Strawson from The Guardian wrote a review of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, giving a powerful overview of humankinds’ history.8 It starts by sharing that human beings (members of the genus Homo) have existed for about 2.4m years whereas Homo-sapiens (our own species from great apes to modern human) has only existed for 150,000 years. Roughly, 6% of that time period. In other words, the history of Homo-sapiens plays only a small part in the history of humankind. Mind-boggling when you think about it.
The first half of our existence is steady but then...the radical transformation is quite remarkable. We evolved in new and evolutionary ways.
1. Cognitive revolution/transformation—About 70,000 years ago, our species started to behave in new and interesting ways, and our radical ingenuity spread quickly across the planet.
2. Agricultural revolution/transformation—About 11,000 years ago we entered the agricultural revolution, from a hunting and gathering species to a farming species.
3. Scientific revolution/transformation—Science is still a newborn in many ways, its origins tracing back to about 500 years ago. The science revolution triggered the industrial revolution about 250 years ago, which triggered the information revolution about 50 years ago, which triggered the biotechnological revolution. That’s a cascade of revolutions.
4. Bio-technological revolution/transformation—The biotechnological revolution signals the rapid emergence of biotech, including cyborgs, AI and a new type of immersion between technology and human.
With rapid evolution and growth comes problems and pitfalls as well as advancement and education. However, in our modernization we must not forget or dismiss the ancient wisdom that has been here on Earth for thousands of years.
If we continue to grow and revolutionize the way we live so rapidly, without supporting and nourishing what permits us to be here, then we unconsciously create revolutions that harm future generations. As an example, the industrial revolution came at the cost of the natural world, resulting in the 6th mass extinction, and the technological revolution came at the expense of our waistlines, and our mental and emotional health, as we normalized sedentary behaviors.
When you think of the oldest modern culture, we might cast our mind back 5 or 10 generations. Perhaps even consider the Chinese, Indian, Roman or Babylonian empires. However this is only a very small piece of human history. Indigenous Australians and other indigenous cultures have been surviving for over 100,000 years.(9) Just imagine what simplicity and wisdom they hold in their stories and culture.
Cast your mind back tens of thousands of years and imagine our ancient ancestors surviving through floods, ice ages, heat waves, scarcity, disease, famine and anything else you can possibly imagine. This is the most adaptive and resilient human form of humans. Their epic journeys gave them great wisdom.
Just taking a handful of ancient wisdom from our oldest culture, Indigenous Australians and you’ll notice how relevant is still is today. Why? Because they learned how to live in harmony with nature, with Mother Earth and each other. Their stories of survival and wisdom was carried through story, art and ceremony generation after generation.
CALL TO ACTION - RECONCILE OUR HEARTS
“So I take this word ‘reconciliation’ and I use it to reconcile people back to Mother Earth, so they can walk this land together and heal as one. Because she is
the one that gives birth to everything we see around us" Everything we need to survive.” — Max Dulumunmun
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