How We Are Programmed for Life

Is our path already mapped out for us?

Here we are approaching the end of the first decade of the 21st Century. Our technology can pinpoint a bedroom window from outside the Earth’s atmosphere, see thousands of miles into space, look deep into our sub-atomic make up and map our genetic structure. Yet millions of us around the World can see no other answer to life than a story devised 2000 years ago by a group of comparatively primitive people. Like an indelible impression, the indoctrination of the human mind from an early enough age is capable of guaranteeing a permanent belief in almost anything, despite the many contradictions we encounter throughout life. If the viral spreads to a wide enough group of people, then it simply becomes fact. Even more curiously, without flinching from our fundamental beliefs, we are somehow capable of accepting changes to the very details they underpin through the guise of reinterpretation. This can occur even where new contradictions appear at the same time. Is it the case that we are just simply a mass of programmed objects with the delusion of autonomous control over our own destiny?

Discoveries regarding our genetic construction suggest that we are pretty much predetermined from conception. Dependant on our building blocks, we will be fat or thin, happy or unhappy, healthy or unhealthy… or any matter of things without recourse. Are we any different to ants or bees that as individual creatures probably feel as autonomous as ourselves?

Even observers of physics at a Sub-atomic level are now encountering phenomena that belie the very principles by which the Western philosophy of life is determined. Interestingly, these observations correlate with the mystical views and beliefs of some Eastern spiritual philosophies, views which until now have been belittled by Western science’s experiment and results principles. Using meditative techniques that require emptying the mind from all life’s boundaries and perceptions, they describe a reality where the entire cosmos is a single flowing energy to which we are integral. They talk of a nothingness that is not emptiness, a silence that is not quiet and an existence that is void of solid form and absent of ego. Their state of unknowing cannot be explained, it is simply oneness.

Physicists who have delved deeper and deeper into our atomic construction seeking that finite substance that everything is made from have instead discovered something completely different. Not the single, tiny incredibly dense and indestructible material they anticipated but a complex interrelating flow of energy, much like that described by Eastern spiritualists. They have also struggled to interpret this phenomenon using conventional methods not least because its manifestation is integral to and dependant on the observer and all surrounding forces. As such they have encountered a dilemma similar to that of the Eastern mystics and indeed one that rocks the very core of our Western views of existence. In this world of sub-atomic physics, a solid object such as a wooden table for example is no longer an independent, inanimate item separated from us by time and space. In fact, it is a manifestation of energy that is dependent on the forces around it. Indeed, space and time are themselves integral to the very same processes.

What is fundamental in both observations is that within the continual flow of energy, a process of creation and annihilation takes place constantly. Critically, in both cases annihilation and creation are simultaneous, non-distinguishable from each other, the Yin-Yang and it is meaningless to determine whether these processes represent life or death.

Ironically, prior to these sub-atomic discoveries, the philosophies held by mystics appeared less creditable than those of the established faiths e.g. Christianity and Islam where actual accounts written through the eyes of several individuals describing a similar experience suggesting a degree of evidence that such events may have occurred.

Getting back to the point, despite our perception of self-autonomy is it the case that we are simply part of an overriding programme in which our destiny is a series of interrelated events. The case in hand is that within this universal process the actions we take, the feelings we have and the decisions we make are wholly dependant on the directional forces around and within us e.g. our genetic make up. Certainly, the apparently random and unpredictable nature of life is underpinned by much inevitability such as positives, negatives, good, and evil, right, wrong and ultimately life and death. Are we evolving along a scheduled path toward a higher Intellectual level? Do we live within a framework where religion acts as the control of our primeval instincts, science provides context to our learning and spirituality is the path to our reality?

So many questions and maybe not enough answers right now. But it feels to me that we around the corner from a significant step forward in our understanding.

Whatever your take, Keep the faith.



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lundmusik 5 years ago from Tucson AZ

I loved your "spin" on this very complex subject,,, I would appreciate your review of my hub "The Human Experience -- Time and the Hope of Immortality"


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

Rated Up and everything but 'funny.' Good show!


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aka-dj 5 years ago from Australia

Interesting to hear quark talk, (and agree with) the concept of will (free will). A subject of MUCH debate here on Hubpages forums. Then he goes on to refer to absolutes! Another concept rejected by many.

How can there NOT be good and evil, if there is (free) will? If one uses his/her will to kill or destroy another, is that good, evil or neutral? If there is no moral absolute, both of which are denied, how can that action be wrong, evil or unjust?

Clearly we are intermingling the precepts of one philosophy, with another, which is an unacceptable position to take. (IMHO)

Anyway, interesting Hub. I read it in response to your invitation. I agree with a lot of you points, even to the reference to eastern mystical view of the world. I see their perspective, and have (limited) understanding of it. However, in my mind, it really does not change the nature of all things, as regards my faith in Christ. I for one, do NOT see it as religion, but merely an acceptance of the truth revealed in Scripture. The Bible leaves a lot of room for discovery of many things. Physics, medicine, technology, space travel, communication technology, etc, just to name a few.

The God of creation, as revealed in scripture, still fits (very nicely) with all our discoveries and developments. It's not until we apply philosophical explanations to what we learn/discover, that we run into conflicts or disagreements. The evolution vs ID debate to name just one ( a major one, at that). Sorry, I didn't mean to bring that into discussion, merely using it to make a point. :)


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qwark 5 years ago

Hi Jef:

lol...if there is such a thing...:-)

I'm goin' fishin'.

Keep writin' and I'll keep readin'. :-)

Qwark


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Jefsaid 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Qwark - Agree to disagree, the ultimate balance


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qwark 5 years ago

Jef:

I know and we agree to disagree..:-)

Qwark


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Jefsaid 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Qwark - My view is that external forces are the ultimate deciders in what we determine to be our 'will'.


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qwark 5 years ago

Thanks jef:

Yes, quite right, we often have to do that which is against our "will," but the implication is that we have a "choice" and depending upon the strength of our "will," we may oppose a "logical" response.

WE cannot do the impossible nor influence the absolute. That's a for sure.

Thanks for the response.

Qwark


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Jefsaid 5 years ago from London, UK Author

I agree that WILL is a our perception of conscious action derived from our own thought processes. But we often have to do things against our WILL due to external influences and the outcome of our intentions do not always meet our WILL. With all the WILL in the world we cannot do what is not possible or influence what must be.

Happy New Year to yourself!


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qwark 5 years ago

Jef:

Not so my friend.

"Will" is the capacity to keep ones actions under close control" THAT, is guided by "conscious thought not instinctual action/reaction.

The only thing I agree with in that comment is: " For life to persist there has to be randomness and flexibility."

Thanks tho for the response.

Happy New Year!

Qwark


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Jefsaid 5 years ago from London, UK Author

To feel autonomous is a state of perception rather than actual existence. How can we control what we are integral to? This would be the equivalent of controlling the fundamentals of our existence... How can we therefore control our being. Everything has WILL i.e. you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. For life to persist there has to be randomness and flexibility.


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qwark 5 years ago

Jef:

Thank you.

Respectfully, comments you make like: "...ants or bees that as individual creatures probably feel as autonomous..." confuse me in ref. to understanding your point i.e. being "programmed for life."

There is no doubt that we are genetically programmed, but the "anomaly" consciousness, creates within us: "Will." Ergo we exist as "animals" which are both instinctual and willful.

Less "conscious" creatures are controlled by instinct and learned behavior. They have no control over their lives once they have been so programmed.

Being "willful" creatures, we humans have the ability to "guide and control" our future.

When you use the "human perspective/s:" spiritual, faith, ultimate goals, positives and negatives etc., these are "willfully" created subjects which relate only to "we" humans.

"Are we evolving along a scheduled path toward a higher Intellectual level?"

Yes we are but if we are to "succeed" as a species, WE MUST BE CONTROLLED.

Will overrules instinct in "man." Our genetic programming is one of "predation."

The goal of all life is to survive.

We are slaves to the fiats Mother Nature requires of life to continue to exist.

Being the pysiologically delicate, fragile creatures we have evolved to be, we had to evolve dynamic, powerful genetic programming to survive and become the viable life forms we have become in such a short length of geologic time.

I agree with you that our programming has been determined by our dependence on what Mother Earth has provided, but in time, we have the potential to control our environment thus controlling our continuing evolution.

"WE" humans are "programmed for life," but our evolved "WILL" may take us down the path to extreme regression.

Religion is but a method created to attain power over and to control the lesser evolved of the human species. it is a "fad" that will be eradicated eventually, by universal education...IF...man continues to exist as he is. That probability is slim to none.

Thanks again for the response.

Qwark


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Jefsaid 5 years ago from London, UK Author

qwark - As a human, I talk from a human perspective and apportion no greater importance to our existence than any other thing in the cosmos re: my qoute "Are we any different to ants or bees that as individual creatures probably feel as autonomous as ourselves?"


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Druid Dude 5 years ago from West Coast

So, it is a good hub, wasn't sure right off where you were going w/ it, but you concluded well. Qwark doesn't see any difference between us and the other animals? Now there's a fairy tale. Won't bring ladies to his house. He's no different than a dog. What about rising to our place as top protector, instead of top predator? Which, by the way, happened only because we are so far beyond the other animals. We are not where we started out on the food chain. Name one other that has moved up on that chain. We were habitualy eaten. Now we are the eaters, and all else lives in fear. Can other animals produce fire, textiles, or cultivate grain, or build a rocket and land on the moon? Wake up, Qwark. You are in Kansas, not Narnia.


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qwark 5 years ago

Hi Jef;

Spirtuality, "faith" (which connotation?) "Ultimate goal?" "Positive and negative?" "...move to the next level.?"

Too nebulous for me to comprehend as they refer to my interpretaion of the definition of "reality."

I'm still trying to understand how all of what you are concerned with in your hub,would make we humans anything "special" on the earth and in the inexplicable cosmos?

We exist as just another ephemeral product of the processes of natural selection and of no greater or lesser import than any other extant species of earthly life?

Qwark


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Jefsaid 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Qwark thanks for your comment. Our language is part of our evolution and as such, words like 'faith' and 'spirituality' are those available to explain something probably beyond their dictionary meanings. I do not discount anything that we do as humans as I believe they all serve a purpose along the path towards our ultimate goal. Positive and negative is the eternal state and only when a balance is achieved between these forces can we move to the next level.


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qwark 5 years ago

Jef:

I read your nicely written hub.

My first question of you would be: what are your referring to when you use the term faith? i.e. "Whatever you take, Keep the faith."

As I see it Jef, there is no difference between we humans and any other form of life on this earth. Why should there be?

We are a young species which has gained an anomaly, thru the processes of "natural selection,"called "consciousness."

Can you think of any reason that would make we humans anything special on the earth and in the inexplicable cosmos?

What are you referring to when you mention the word "reality" i.e. "...spirituality is the path to our reality?"

The word "spritual" has always puzzled me.

"So many questions and maybe not enough answers right now. But it feels to me that we around the corner from a significant step forward in our understanding."

There is no doubt about that statement.

If we exist long enuf to continue to evolve our intellectual potential, it is limitless.

I am concerned that we, as infants still in the crib, are making mistakes in our adaptation, that may end our short lived reign and regress us back to the level of "primitive man." We do possess the "power" to perpetrate that possibility.

Interesting hub.

Qwark

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