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03 Cultural evolution: human life is a paradox

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Published on Jun 15, 2011

In this series I analyze what is the impact of a Darwinian perspective on what we call spiritual life.
I am convinced that if you couple monism with humanism what you get is an interesting form of spiritual perspective whose main characteristics, strange as it may sound, are well represented by some teachings of Jesus, especially related to the gospel of the secret sayings of Jesus (according to Thomas).

In this third leg of our journey we have reached our first important conclusion:
The fact that natural selection does not have a purpose creates a paradox for our species.
When we couple language with self awareness an instable situation is created which is not only a problem, but also a great opportunity at the same time: it is the thing that propels our progress, after all, in order to walk we must create a transitory moment of instability between our steps.
Natural selection has shaped our species in order to force us to find a meaning to our life, even if we risk to live unhappy lives if we are not able to find or create such a meaning. More to this point: a lot of men and women in the past had had to fight their way out of darkness.
But theory of evolution does not work to maximize our happiness, but only to create trade-offs.
And in fact we are able to build our complex societies because we have the burden to give a meaning to our life. No one is born artist, or scientist, or teacher, or any of the other innumerable roles that are necessary to advance our societies, rather we prepare ourselves to live in society since we are children, sometimes we are able to invent our particular role, but in any case we MUST give our contribution to society IF we want to survive and reproduce, because outside of human societies there is no possibility for a living.
A concept in harmony with Darwin's dangerous idea.
A final note.
Arguing that Jesus really existed is something different from believing he is god.
Besides, I think that when we analize the elements we have, we should conclude he never said something like that.
This will be an essential part of this series.

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