Who are we? Why it matters
How differently would we live our lives knowing that we’re more than the product of random evolution?
Since the time our earliest ancestors looked with awe into the distant stars of a moonless night sky, a single question has been asked countless times, by countless numbers of people, sharing the same experience through the ages. The question they’ve asked speaks directly to the core of every challenge that will ever test us in life, no matter how big or how small. It’s at the heart of every choice we’ll ever face, and it forms the foundation for every decision we’ll ever make. During the estimated 200,000 years or so that we’ve been on Earth the question we’ve asked is simply this: Who are we?
In what may be the greatest irony of our lives, following more than 5,000 years of recorded history and technological achievements that stagger the imagination, we have yet to answer this most basic question with certainty.
Why it matters
The way we answer the words ‘ Who are we?’ penetrates to the essence of each moment in every day of life. It forms the perceptual eyes – the filters – through which we see other people, the world around us, and most importantly, ourselves. For example, when we think of ourselves as separate from our bodies, we approach the healing process feeling like powerless victims of an experience that we have no control over. Conversely, recent discoveries confirm that when we approach life knowing that our bodies are designed to constantly repair, rejuvenate and heal, this shift in perspective creates the chemistry in our cells that mirrors our belief.
Our self-esteem, self-worth, sense of confidence, well-being and our beliefs of spirituality and God each stem directly from the way we think of ourselves in the world. From who we say ‘yes!’ to when it comes to choosing a life partner and how long our partnerships last once we create them, to what jobs we feel we’re capable of performing, the most important decisions that we’ll ever make in life are based in the way we answer this simple, timeless question.
What we teach our children is also affected by our opinion of ourselves. When their delicate sense of self-worth is so overpowered by the relentless bullying from rivals and classmates, it’s their answer to ‘ Who am I?’ that gives them the strength to heal their hurt and, sometimes, makes the difference between when they feel worthy of living and when they don’t.
The way we think of ourselves determines the corporate policies that either justify the dumping of 12 million(+) tons of used plastic and thousands of gallons of radioactive waste in the world’s oceans each year, or that cherishes the living oceans enough to invest in preserving them.
Even the choice of how countries create the borders that separate them, and how we justify when armies cross those borders to march onto the land and into the homes of another nation begins with how we understand ourselves to be. It’s precisely because the way we think of ourselves plays such a vital role in our lives, that we owe it to ourselves to answer ‘ Who are we?’ as truthfully and honestly as possible. This includes taking into consideration every source of information available, from the leading edge science of today to the wisdom of 5,000(+) years of human experience. This also includes changing the existing story when new discoveries give us the reasons to do so.
When you ask ‘ Who are we?’, the short answer is that you’re not what you’ve been told, and more than you’ve ever imagined. The long answer is what follows.
Since the birth of modern science three centuries years ago, we’ve been steeped in a story that leaves us feeling that we’re little more than insignificant specks of dust in the universe – biological sidebars in the overall scheme of life. Carl Sagan described this thinking beautifully when he commented on the scientific perspective regarding our place in the cosmos. “We find that we live on an insignificant planet” he said, “of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.” It’s this thinking that’s led us to believe that not only are we insignificant when it comes to life in general, but also that we’re separate from the world, one another, and ourselves.
Albert Einstein echoed this perspective clearly when it came to his ideas regarding quantum physics, which suggests that all things are deeply connected. Leaving no doubt in our mind as to what he believed the new quantum ideas meant for science, Einstein said, “If quantum theory is correct, it signifies the end of physics as a science.” Einstein’s beliefs wouldn’t allow him to accept the possibility that we live in a deeply connected world.
It’s not surprising that Einstein would hold such a strong belief in a world based in separateness. For he, and other scientists of his era, the idea that everything is separate from everything else was largely accepted as a fact following the famous Michelson Morley experiment of 1887. This paradigm shifting experiment, conducted in the basement of Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University, had confirmed that the field of energy believed to connect all things, the aether field, doesn’t exist.
mean here. They clearly don’t support the traditional story of evolution. Let’s begin with what we know for certain about us, and what’s scientifically agreed upon when it comes to our appearance on Earth. world. They were already developed in AMHS when they appeared. Humans – we humans – haven’t changed since the first AMH appeared. In other words, we are the Anatomically Modern Humans 2000 centuries later.
One of the central themes in evolution theory is that nature gives us whatever features we need to survive, only when we need them to survive. In other words, the theory says that we have abilities such as standing upright, advanced peripheral vision, and the ability to share our emotions through smiles and frowns, because we needed them at some point in the past.
Alfred Russell Wallace, a fellow scientist and colleague of Darwin’s, and a strong supporter of Darwin’s theories, stated this idea clearly in a paper he published in 1870. In the final chapter of Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection Wallace stated, “Nature never over-endows a species beyond the needs of everyday existence.”
Because our advanced brain, extended neural network and extraordinary abilities of self-healing, the self-regulating of our immune system, the self-triggering of our longevity hormones and our potential for deep intuition has been with us from our beginning, they appear to be inherent in our being rather than evolutionary add-ons developing over time. This fact directly contradicts the role of Wallace’s ideas in our appearance. We are all over-endowed!
Two questions immediately come to mind when we consider that we have such advanced characteristics:
Why did we appear with such extraordinary abilities already developed 200,000 years ago?
How do we fully awaken these advanced capabilities in our lives and in our world today?
Today, scientists are re-discovering the exceptional features that have been with us from our beginning, including the specialised cells in the human heart that enable deep intuition on-demand and the ability to thrive through big life changes.