Have you ever wondered how we got to this point in our evolutionary history? How did we become so much less physical than our ancestors? How did we become so much more intellectually advanced? We’ve been through more than a few changes throughout our evolutionary history as human beings. Not the least of which have been physical changes. For millennia our physicality has been informing our consciousness, and our consciousness has been informing our physicality. Some people think we’ve gone too far away from “normal” human activities and are experiencing the consequences in our health. Others view technology as a godsend that will ultimately find a solution for the health issues we’re experiencing. I fall somewhere in between, and love asking questions about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we should be headed as highly conscious physical beings.
I’m sure many of you have seen this meme, and most of you probably found it a little disturbing. It definitely highlights some troubling aspects of our evolution, but more than anything it makes me wonder what it must have been like having such a highly physical human experience like our ancestors. I believe a lot of that physicality is rooted in survival, and as we became more clever and more evolved we found ways to do more than survive. Yet in some ways we are still very much in survival mode. Today survival looks dramatically different than it did 10,000 years ago. I would guess that 10,000 years ago, the level of collective/communal thought occurred on a level that we can’t really comprehend today. Their struggles were dramatically different than ours, and so was their orientation to pain and physicality. And as easy as it is for us to romanticize times of the past, I believe that we ended up here for a reason.
In some sense we’re all participating in and evolving this human experience, so I believe it’s important to find a way to learn from our past (not romanticize it) in order to properly engage in the present and build a better future.
I say all this, and I know I’m a hypocrite and don’t live up to that vision sometimes. It’s a complex world and it’s not so easy to simply navigate your way to a better future. I do think, however, that one of the first steps we can take towards a better future is discussing what that future looks like. It’s obvious to most of us (especially in the Western world) that we’re dealing with a vast array of modern ailments that arose out of our dramatic changes in lifestyle over the past few hundred years. We haven’t evolved to handle our modern diets and movement habits, and every day we feel the consequences of our new lifestyles through pain, injury, and diseases that our ancestors mostly didn’t experience.Read More›