All Living creatures are continually adapting to their environment. It is now understood (as a result of continual investigation) by those in the biological sciences, that Living Beings are far more complex than believed as few as twenty years ago. More sophisticated tools/technology and tactics of investigation provide the possibility to link an ever expanding array of tools, allowing permutations of ‘information gathering’.
When I attended high school (48 years ago), students were exposed to a very different ‘story’ regarding Life than what is available today. Elements were atomic structures (Table of Elements). Molecules were made of a configuration of atoms. Watson and Crick showed the world the wonders of the incredibly complex DNA molecule. The idea of ‘genetic codes’ was still very much a mystery. Cells were thought of as the building blocks of all Life.
In the ‘information age’ of today, ideas and thoughts travel at light speed across the globe. These thoughts and ideas are only relevant to creatures who possess the tool of language. As far as we know… only Humans have access to the ‘ideas’ of other Humans. Other Living creatures are unaware of the world of Human ideas.
All of the above constitutes ‘environment’. Humans are creatures who have adapted to every environment they have encountered. Through the creation of ‘technologies’, Humans can now Live at the oceans depths and can survive off planet Earth in structures built and sent into orbit. Humans have drastically changed the environment of planet Earth in a breathtakingly short period of time. The ‘balance’ that once existed between Living creatures for thousands of years has been upset by a singular ‘species’… Homo Sapiens. Humans are but a single ‘element’ in the whole spectrum of Nature. Human bodies are bound to the rules of Life and Nature that they investigate.
So many ‘topics’… so many ‘subjects’… so many ‘realms’… so many things to consider… so many ways for modern Humans to understand themselves and their relationship to all the other Living creatures with whom they share planet Earth.
And now comes the Human microbiome. Here scientists tell us that there is a whole other ‘environment’ that exists inside our very bodies. This environment consists of other Living creatures coexisting in a symbiotic relationship… inside us. There are so many creatures living inside us that: ‘…One study indicated they outnumber human cells 10 to 1…’ That means that your body is only ten percent ‘Human’.
All Living creatures live in a state of balance with one another. When that balance is disturbed, some Living creatures increase their numbers while others are decreased. We know that some Living creatures completely cease to exist… they become extinct. Is this all a Natural process unfolding? Will all Living creatures one day become extinct, just as it seems that individual Living creatures die an individual death?
Is there a Possibility of Paradise? What is Paradise? Well, for Humans, Paradise is a word. It is a word that conveys a collection of ideas. The concept of Paradise is widespread. It exists in the legends and stories, both written and unwritten in tribes and cultures around the world. The concept/idea of Paradise forms an important part of ‘religious doctrine’ in many religions. The stories of Paradise vary from religion to religion and from culture to culture. Yet stories of Paradise appear to be more or less universal to Humans from everywhere… much like music, language, and religion itself.
One of the aspects of Paradise is that it is a place of eternal existence. In this eternal existence… everything is beautiful and perfect. Everyone who lives in Paradise is in a state of ‘bliss’. There is no unhappiness in Paradise and all creatures who Live there are in harmony with one another.
In Zoroastrian texts, Judaic texts, Greek (and hence Roman) texts, and Christian texts there is a reference to a time when Humans lived in Paradise. Then something happened. Humans had to ‘leave’ Paradise. This happens for different ‘reasons’. There are different ’causes’ for Humans leaving Paradise or for Paradise itself leaving. Usually these stories include God or in the Greek/Roman view ‘Gods’.
One man, David Talbott, a ‘comparative mythologist’ spent much of his life pondering the accounts of the Greek stories about Paradise, The Golden Age. In these accounts, each of the ‘Gods’ is linked to a specific planet. The stories tell of things the ‘Gods’ did. Talbott studied each part of the collection of stories and hypothesized that the stories tell of things that Humans witnessed in the sky (the heavens or heaven). The film: Thunderbolts of the Gods gives Talbott’s view.
What about the Possibility of Paradise for individual Humans? Is it possible for me as an individual to find a similar state of Being that the Greeks described in their idea of The Golden Age? Are there places on Earth where Life exists closer to a condition of symbiotic harmony and balance?
Me, being a Human, and therefore endowed with a brain that is equipped with the ability to explore in language and to ponder these things… is it silly, childish, or selfish of me to have a desire to exist in Paradise and/or to explore the Possibilities?
In my time as a nomad, I have witnessed and experienced different ways that Humans live in different places. I do not pretend to know much of anything. I say that I only have opinions and beliefs. These beliefs/opinions are subject to revision and change as I am exposed to new experiences or new information.
Is there a ‘better’ place to Live? I am told, time and again, that no place is perfect. There will always be negatives that will appear. Such is the ‘environment’ of the Human heart and mind. Possible Paradise exists, perhaps, only as a discipline of heart and mind. Perhaps I am exploring my interior mental ‘biome’ or would that be ‘ideome’?
The next post will be a more ‘boots on the ground’ report. I will include photos of me in places that resemble my internal impressions of Paradise.
Thanks for your continued interest.