Why do we evolve?

It is hard to understand how we evolve without some kind of context, which is why I will explore why we evolve first.

In order to understand evolution, we first need to focus on some basic principles of how life is organized, the topic that evolution revolves around. While evolution is open ended, I will try to demonstrate that it is not random and that it is centered around some common topics and a set of rules.

In a way, one could compare evolution with a game that has many levels.

Every game has a “theme” and certain assets that the participants can use under certain circumstances which are defined by rules.

The theme of the game doesn’t change, no matter which level or round you are in. The rules also don’t change. What changes is your ability to master them. It is common to move one level and go to the next round, as soon as all obstacles of the previous round have been tackled.

If we were talking about a game, we would now be talking about the assets of the game. So let’s see what it is all about.

The Assets

Energy

Evolution will not really make sense until one basic principle of the universe is understood: Energy!

When we really boil it down, everything evolves around energy. Countries fight for supremacy over oil-rich territories, your computer doesn’t work without energy and you will die within a few days without eating. Labor force is fueled by energy, when you get money for your work, it is an equivalent for your energy. When you want an endeavor to prosper, you will need to invest time and energy.

Therefore, energy is basically the glue that keeps the universe together in its different forms, from food to oil, thought and emotion. Everything that exists, requires energy. Here and anywhere else in the universe. Think about it: We may not know anything about what kinds of life forms are out in the universe exactly. But what we know for sure as that, they too, will need to sustain themselves through some sort of energy. If they want to travel, they will need some sort of energy for propulsion. Whether they still burn wood or use anti-gravity or dark matter for propulsion. Whether they eat or absorb nutrients through skin, whether they are material or immaterial. We are all unified by the common thread of energy.

Interesting enough, most people don’t realize that energy is at the core of their existence. They either take it for granted or they don’t know what energy is to begin with. In any case, people rarely realize that every second and every minute of their life, they are looking for ways to gain or to maintain energy.

Only the relatively recent and not that well known Life History Theory acknowledges the fact that energy is the driving factor behind all our decisions:

„The evolution of life is the result of a process in which variant forms compete to harvest energy from the environment and convert it into replicates of those forms. Individuals “capture” energy from the environment (through foraging, hunting, or cultivating) and “allocate” it to reproduction and survival-enhancing activities. Selection favors individuals who efficiently capture energy and effectively allocate it to enhance fitness within their ecological niche.

Energy does not come for free. Were individuals able to expend unlimited energy at no cost, in principle they could evolve to grow and develop so rapidly they could begin reproducing immediately after birth, massively produce offspring, and preserve themselves such that they never age. In biological reality, however, individuals must live within finite energy “budgets” (themselves earned through energy and time expenditures), never spending more than they have available. Allocation of a finite budget entails trade-offs and hence forces decisions about the relative value of possible ways to spend.“ (Life History Theory and Evolutionary Psychology Hillard S. Kaplan1 & Steven W. Gangestad, The Handbook of evolutionary psychology, Chapter 2, Life History Theory and Evolutionary Psychology, Hillard S. Kaplan, Steven W. Gangestad, Book Editor(s): David M. Buss First published: 05 September 2015)

Energy sustains matter

Any matter needs energy to be sustained in order not to disintegrate.

The law of entropy states that the decay of matter and energy in the universe will eventually lead to an ultimate state of inert uniformity.

This, according to James R. Newman, is the general trend of the universe toward death and disorder.

Simply put, matter decays when it cannot replace the energy it loses over time.

Lack of energy causes loss of function

The question now arises what happens when there is not enough energy. Energy is never lost, according to the law of conservation of energy. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed within a closed system. Our universe is supposed to be such a closed system. However, energy within this system can be transformed from one form into the other and thus also be transferred.

The law of entropy states that matter which is relatively energy-dense will disintegrate sooner or later if entropy should not be reversible.

Disintegration is basically accompanied by loss of function beyond a certain point. Think of a stone which decays to sand by thousands of years of erosion.

Or of a tool, which rusts completely. Or of a cloth, which frayed over time.

Lack of Energy in its Effect on Complex Bodies

Our body, which is also made of matter, is, of course, subject to the same principles as any other matter in the universe. The more and more complex the functions of a material body become, the more important is the material integrity. Because functionality also costs energy.

This applies not only to animate matter, but also to machines. Think of the computer. It goes into stand-by mode as soon as the battery runs down. The stand-by modus serves to conserve energy. Vital functions are specifically maintained, while unimportant functions are switched off. You should be able to type with it for as long as possible. For this, you may have to do without the function of some apps in the background.

The more apps that are open in the background, the faster the battery runs down. If you make the screen very bright, you will also be taxing the battery.

Thus, for material bodies with complex functionality, there is a transition from high to low functionality depending on how much energy is available. The loss of functionality also does not initially lead to disintegration of form. Initially only function is lost. Only when a certain level of energy deficiency is reached does disintegration occur. Notice, that when energy is scarce, there is loss of functionality of the whole, while some parts will remain functional and others will become dysfunctionsl. The battery of your cell phone can be restored in its function for a few years. Only after a while does disintegration occur, the battery can no longer store energy. Also, the cell phone itself will decay at some point, because it falls victim to entropy.

The Principle of Self-Destruction in living Organisms

Living systems have a much higher regenerative power than machines, provided that they are regularly supplied with enough energy. If energy is missing in a living system, it will first lose function. Should energy not be replenished sufficiently, disintegration will follow. However, disintegration is simultaneously used by the organism to gain new energy, basically by digesting less important tissues and turning them into fuel. I call this mechanism self-destruction.

By conserving energy and using it only for some functions and even by destructing themselves, complex organic systems try to bridge periods of drought. Until they destroy tissues important for survival via auto-digestion, they have the ability to regenerate themselves, should energy become available again.

Thus, complex organisms can temporarily survive energy shortages without immediately disintegrating. Other than simple inert matter, like e.g. stones, complex forms that are alive or inert but have a more complex function have a “survival mode”. This applies to simple living beings like amoeba, to complex machines like cell phones and computers, as well as to the human body.

The mechanism is simple: Abundant energy enables optimal function of the whole, a shortage of energy reduces function of some parts for survival, severe loss of energy leads to disintegration of inert matter and death of organic matter.

Find the basic idea in the following diagram:

From now on, I will always refer to a state in which optimal function of the whole can not be upheld due to a lack of energy as the “State of Survival”.

The more complexity, the greater the energy demand

Function consumes energy. If you want any function, you need to provide enough energy to upkeep this function. If you want optimal function of the whole, you will need to provide optimal energy levels to upkeep it. Simply put, there needs to be a perfect balance between energy input and energy output to achieve optimal function of the whole.

Any imbalance between energy output and energy demand will lead to one of three things:

  1. If you have less energy input than output, the result will be the State of Survival.
  2. If you have the exact same energy input as you have output, you will preserve the status quo.
  3. If you have more energy input than output, the ability to deal with extra demands (more complexity) will increase.

The third option is the only option than enables growth. While preserving the status quo may warrant some preservation (as in healing and regeneration), growth – as in creating something new – will always require a surplus of energy. The evolution from a single-celled organism to a complex multi-celled organism is not possible without surplus energy. Energy is used to adapt to more complexity, whether this complexity comes from within the organism (the organism itself becomes more complex) or from without (more demands).

Imagine: If you have just one cell and it wants to procreate, it will need more energy. If you then have two cells, you will not only have the energy requirements of those two cells to maintain their form and function, but also the energy requirements needed for these two cells to coordinate. Now think about the fact that cells become highly specialized (which also requires energy) in complex mechanisms and that all these highly specialized cells need to be coordinated.

Now throw some environmental changes into the mix. Let’s assume the temperature drops. What will this complex organism do? It will try to adapt. If it has surplus energy, it may be able to produce more heat to make up for the loss of heat from the environment. No overall function will be lost. If it doesn’t have surplus energy, the complex organism will have to adapt by shutting off certain functions and not others.

Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that optimal adaptation at some point or another will require surplus energy, meaning that the organism should generally generate more energy than it expends.

On the other hand, if we grow too quickly, we may not be able to generate enough energy to sustain more complexity and growth. Like plants that shoot up too quickly and then bend. 

This is where I come back to my initial statement: We are constantly fighting for energy in order to be able to grow, even if by growth, we mean regeneration (as in cell repair or cell division).

Balance

I have briefly touched upon the necessity for balance between energy input and energy output. Our whole life depends on the balance of several things with each other in one form or another.

Yet, we pay as little attention to the mechanism of balance itself, as we pay attention to the fact that we all completely depend on energy.

A few prominent examples:

Yin AND Yang

Male AND Female

Day AND Night

Life AND Death

Therefore, I will introduce the concept of balance thoroughly because it will be very relevant for the understanding of how healthy evolution works and why unhealthy evolution is the result of an imbalance.

 The definition of balance

People talk about Yin and they talk about Yang. But they rarely talk about the AND. In a way, we also take balance for granted.

We rarely think about what balance actually is. But balance has properties of its own:

  • Balance requires at least a polarity in order to exist. It can and may need to be applied to a multipolarity, but it needs at least two poles to exist.
  • As soon as one pole ceases to exist completely, balance also ceases to exist. There may be imbalance among a multipolarity, which also ceases to exist as soon as just one of the facets of the multipolarity vanishes completely.
  • Balance, therefore, keeps one pole from growing too much or too little.

Other than that, balance itself doesn’t necessarily require an exact ratio between poles.

However, when we think balance, we often mean optimal balance between two or among more poles. But it is important to remember that balance only implies some relation between two or among more poles and that it doesn’t imply a specific relation.

Think of a cake. If a recipe is to turn out well, there will have to be a balance among all the ingredients. These ingredients will not, however, be in equal balance to each other. All ingredients will make up the cake in variable amounts. Therefore, optimal balance does not necessarily mean equal balance between two poles or among more poles.

Optimal balance

The question is now, what constitutes optimal balance.

Let’s go back to the State of Survival. While the whole complex organism may not be able to achieve balance to the benefit of optimal function of the whole, it will try go into the State of Survival as little as possible. It will alwas try to upkeep as many functions as it can. Depending on energy allowances, that may mean that some functions will have to be switched off in order to upkeep others.

Depending on the perspective, the balance achieved by the State of Survival can be seen as beneficial or not.

If the most important perspective at the moment is survival, the balance towards loss of overall function is in our favor. But if we want to grow, the Survival State will turn the odds against us.

Therefore, balance is never an absolute. It always depends on the circumstances. And it depends on the desired outcome.

One could say that optimal balance is the best compromise between the circumstances and the desired outcome.

The better the circumstances, the more can we demand from our desired outcome. If complexity is our desired outcome, circumstances need to be quite favorable.

When it comes to complex material bodies, balance is the compromise between available energy and functionality of the whole organism.

Therefore, optimal balance in complex material organism can only be reached with sufficient energy to enable complex functionality of the whole.

From now on, I will call this state of optimal energy balance the “State of Living”.

The one who balances

One important thing I haven’t discussed yet is the “one who balances”. Most people rarely wonder whether balance is a random thing or whether there is some sort of intention behind the act of balance.

One could look at this question from a meta perspective and from an individual perspective.

If we look at the “who” question from a meta perspective, we will soon land at the age-old discussion, whether the universe unfolds at a random fashion or if it is guided by some sort of intent. Personally, I am convinced that our universe is driven by cosmic intent that I will not discuss in detailnhere. But whether you accept the evolution of the universe as being guided by some unified intent or not, I find it hard to deny that the track of our evolution is lead by specific rules that do exist, no matter who “made” them. Therefore, one can say that certain principles are guiding our evolution that are commonly known as natural law. And that energy is at the heart of that evolution.

If we look at the “who” from an individual perspective, the question arises, whether complex organisms themselves can intentionally influence their own balance. Or if the only thing influencing balance is natural law. In other words: does balance happen to them or do they create balance?

Well, that depends.

We already talked about cells who need some sort of self-organization if they want to be able to adapt to circumstances. Thus, complexity also comes with a need for self-organization.

Self-organization, at the minimum, requires the skill of communication. But a more complex body will need more than just intercommunication. It will need some sort of unifying principle. All the cells in a complex body will need to agree on one course of action. Otherwise, function would be lost. The potential for complex function is worth little if it isn’t practically organized in some way.

The question is, whether this self-organization has its own intent or if it is only able to react to the intent of its environment.

We now come to the question of autonomy in complex bodies.

Autonomy

Autonomy means some sort of intent that is separate from its environment. Autonomy enables action and not just reaction within the bounds of a certain sphere of influence.

Therefore, autonomy allows for control within a certain sphere of influence, no matter what is happening in the surroundings.

Think about it: When our cells want to act in a form that is beneficial for the whole, they need not only to know how to act in unison, but also independently from each other if need be.

At some point, someone will have to take charge and organize the functions that need to be performed in uniform and others that need to be performed in a differentiated manner. In other words: this someone will have to have the authority to grant a “subordinate” some autonomy. This someone can be called the unifying principle. In any case, this unifying principle will have to have some sort of autonomy from what it is organizing. Otherwise, all cells would always have to do exactly the same thing.

More adaptive flexibility

Autonomy automatically grants more flexibility when it comes to choices. It allows for something else than one default mode.

Imagine a little child that is scared. It will need a grown up to calm down. Maybe mommy will show the little one that there is no monster under the bed. A bigger and more autonomous child can go look under the bed himself. A grown up can ponder why he is afraid of monsters under the bed. It may remember his childhood and understand that there is no monster. Leaving the default mode of “afraid in the dark” behind requires some ability to influence himself by pondering about the situation at hand and not just to react to darkness.

More perspective

Autonomy also allows for more perspective. As soon as you are not merged with your environonment, you will be able to recognize at least two perspectives. If a wild animal attacks you, you will only know that it wants to harm you if you do not think that you are the same as the animal. The less merging with the einvironment, the more abstract thinking can become. If you are merged with your indigenous community completely, you will not know how life is in Paris, France. But if you have enough independence to travel, you will know about different life-styles.

The more autonomous one becomes the more perspectives can be seen at the same time as well. Lack of autonomy means less black-and-white thinking. Combined with more reactive flexibility, more perspective allows the individual to make individual and appropriate choices according to the situation. With autonomy, it is also much easier to balance different perspectives and not to see one’s own perspective as the only true one.

Self-awareness, understanding of consequences and taking up responsibility

The more adaptive flexibility and the more perspective people have at their disposal, the more they can evaluate long-term effects of their actions with respect to their own life and the community they live in. The world literally becomes a bigger place.

The awareness of interconnectivity grows with autonomy, while dependence decreases. Therefore, only autonomy will allow an individual to be fully responsible for his actions.

It becomes clear, that the “one who balances” will only do a good job, when the consequences of giving and taking are fully understood at any given moment for oneself and the environment. 

Self-awareness is an automatic result of autonomy. While autonomy brings awareness of interconnectivity, it brings awareness of separateness at the same time. Another word for that process is individuation.

What autonomy is not

Many people confuse autonomy with selfishness, recklessness or even anti-social behavior. Nothing could be further from the truth. Autonomy allows for balance between separation and connection without getting lost in either one or the other.

True autonomy enables authority. But it shouldn’t be confused with autocracy. Autonomy means first power over self and not over others. Although it is true that under circumstances, authority will also give us power over others. It is our sense of mutuality that will hold us back from abusing it.

Healthy boundaries are a natural part of the deal. Two autonomous beings will negotiate fairly between equals. This is why autonomy doesn’t promote autocracy, it prevents it. Autonomous people will not let themselves be pushed around. They will not make foul compromises out of dependency.

Hierarchical self-organization

Complex systems require self-organization. It makes sense that more autonomous parts, parts with more self-awareness, tell parts with less autonomy what to do. That has nothing to do with autocracy, as long as the hierarchy stays functional. More autonomous parts are simply better equipped to lead. They are not better or worse. And they may not be the best qualified in other situations. No one will argue that small children need to be told what to do at times and that they may even have to be contained sometimes. And that they are not qualified to run the household or to drive a car. But they are super qualified when it comes to imagining things and when it comes to a sense of wonder. Therefore, functional hierarchies are a natural and necessary mechanism to deal with complexity. As long as the system stays open, meaning that less complex systems are able and allowed to evolve into more complex systems, all is well.

It is important to understand that self-organization in complex bodies does not work without a hierarchical order, whether we are talking about the organization of our own bodies or our society.

Relationship

I have briefly touched upon the aspect of mutuality. A relationship in which giving and taking are even, is a mutual relationship. Any relationship that is not mutual will lead to a loss of energy on the part of the giver. Therefore, any kind of adult relationship will need to be mutual if there are not to be losers. Mutuality doesn’t have to be expressed in kind. Mutuality means that there is an equal balance of energy between two people. Among friends, affection could be exchanged. In business, it can be expertise against money or goods against money. In love, there is an exchange of affection, sexual energy and intellectual energy if things go well.

With children, however, there is no mutuality. Adults, especially primary caretakers, need to be prepared to give children energy without expecting anything in return. Children are entitled to get what they need unconditionally, adults are not. While love is an unconditional feeling at best, any actions within an adult relationship can’t be unconditional, no matter how much love is at play. Love is unconditional, adult relationships are not, as long as we are in a physical body.

Therefore, it is important for the adult giver to have healthy boundaries when dealing with children. Also, the dependency on the unconditional giver needs to be temporary, otherwise the adult will lose energy and the child will never learn how to give.

Self-regulation

Self-regulation is the act of something regulating itself without intervention from external bodies.

When it comes to the “who” in self-regulation, autonomy, self-awareness, the ability to adapt flexibly, to take on multiple perspective and the ability to self-organize are needed. In complex bodies, self-organization also requires the ability to operate within a functional hierarchical order. Self-regulation is basically balance that is created by an autonomous author – the self.

When it comes to the “what” of self-regulation, context is very important. Depending on the situation, the regulation will be achieved by different means or measures.

Simplified, one could say that it all comes down to an effective management of resources. This is where we need to go back to the fact that it all comes down to energy and its proper management.

Therefore, self-regulation will generally be determined by the dichotomy between available energy and the upkeep of maximum overall function and the best-possible balance of these two poles under any given circumstance.

Co-Creation

There is no intentional co-creation without the power over the self that autonomy brings.

While we are constantly creating things through our minds and actions, not everything we create is intentional or contributes to a state of balance within ourselves or the society. A harmonious body or a harmonious society depend on the ability of the individual to see multiple perspectives, have authority within his dominion of reach and to be aware of interdependence in order to create deliberately.

1.2        The prize

Every game has a price. The price here is co-creation to the benefit of all. By being autonomous, you can exert your will on your environment and consider the consequences of your creation for all other creators as well as the creation itself. Intentional and beneficial creation requires the ability to take responsibility and not just skill. That is why nature has reserved greater power to mature individuals. Humanity has been trying to hack this system for aeons by trying to increase its power over the environment without the wisdom that requires. I will discuss what this does to us as individuals and as a society later.

In this summary, you will find what triggers evolution and what is gained by evolution:

 

And then, we need to talk about the rules of the game that will allow us to get the prize.

The rules of evolution

Let’s first summarize the rules of evolution we have discussed so far:

  1. Energy is the central theme in the universe.
  2. Greater adaptational ability requires the ability to handle more complexity.
  3. More complexity requires more energy.
  4. More complexity requires self-organization, a hierarchical chain of command and increasing autonomy.
  5. More autonomy allows for self-responsibility and a fair balance between me, you, we and they.
  6. More autonomy increases self-awareness and the ability to act intentionally keeping all interests in optimal balance through awareness of interdependence and freedom from dependence (individuation).

Now that we have context, it is not so difficult anymore to see from where-to-where development occurs.

It follows a simple formula, see chart:

Evolution is a result of the friction between energy requirement and the growth into more complexity and autonomy and self-awareness that in turn allows for more efficient energy management.

When I am saying energy management, I am referring to it in very broad terms. We first need to be able to provide enough organic energy for our body to work properly. However, all matter is energy. I am pretty convinced that dominating inorganic energy from a certain level of evolution on, is part of the deal. Think about it, there are a few rare individuals who can put out streetlamps when they pass by. I have once known a guy who could withstand electrical charges completely unharmed (which he demonstrated to doctors countless times). But on a more mundane level, if you go out to buy something at a shop using your car, you are managing energy (fuel, buying food). If you are able to make an attacking dog retreat, you are managing energy (the dog’s subtle psychological vibes).

Energy management becomes more complex and more subtle at the same time when we evolve. Evolution never stops – there is always room for more, another layer of complexity or perspective that forces us to re-evaluate our relationship with energy and with each other as co-creating energy wizards.  

Linearity, hierarchies, and Inclusion

There is another very important aspect of evolution that is often not fully understood. Evolution takes place in a linear fashion. But it is inclusive at the same time. That means that previous stages are always included in later stages, if evolution unfolds properly. In this way, the skills of earlier stages will always remain a possibility, even if they aren’t relied on as a main option anymore. Think of a toddler who learns how to walk. He will still be able to crawl, but he will not have to crawl by default anymore. Or think of our cells that preferably produce energy by way of oxidation (when oxygen is present), but should oxidation not be possible, we are still able to harness some energy through anaerobic means (without oxygen). Behaviors of previous stages are abandoned as default behavior because they have not been able to efficiently tackle more complex life circumstances. However, there are circumstances in which a behavior of previous stages becomes appropriate again for a short time as a back-up for survival or because the circumstances more closely resemble those of previous stages. Our body evolved incorporating behavior of simple single cell organisms that didn’t need aerobic respiration to cater to their energy needs. Our complex human body, however, will not be able to work at peak performance or even evolve further without the ability to draw energy from aerobic respiration. However, should there be a lack of energy, we are able to survive with the ancient mechanism of anerobic glycolysis. We will lose functionality of the whole on the way, but at least we will not die immediately. This is what I have already introduced as the “State of Survival”.

Polarity and Trinity

It is hard to deny that we live in a world that consists of polarities, of which there are at least two.

The male and female principle are one very basic way to describe polar opposites, but polarities will reach up to the realm of quantum physics in which the question arises whether a quantum entity is a particle or wave. And from this conundrum we may conclude that polarities are not as opposite as they may seem. Or we may conclude that there is some sort of fluidity between them that allows for the transformation of one form into the other without ever challenging the concept of polarity per se. In this case, a particle can become a wave and vice versa while the concept of wave or particle as opposites stay constant.

I have extensively discussed the concept of balance. In this case, it would be the AND between the particle and the wave. Every polarity requires balance. Therefore, there is also an AND between the male and female principle and even more ANDS among multipolarities. Yet, the basic principle in our universe is supposed to be duality. Except that duality is in fact a trinity when we consider and include the AND. Without balance, opposites would become hard fronts that can’t be overcome. And we all know examples in which polarities seem to be just that: unsurmountable differences. Unfortunately, we can’t just give up on polarity. Therefore, we’d better familiarize ourselves with the fact that we live in a triune universe that is hidden to many people because they never learned to achieve balance among the opposites in their life.

In my opinion, this aspect of duality as secret trinity can’t be emphasized enough. It is especially important in reproduction, although I am not just talking sex here. Every time something new is created, contributions from at least two opposites are needed. One could see this new creation as the actualization of the trinity. This could be a child or just a joint brainchild. Therefore, the creation of something new in the trinity has the potential to also create balance between the polarity. Think about it. When you need to compromise with another person, you are bringing in two polar opposites and that will bring peace. When the male and female principle combine, orgasm brings peace.

Children will bring peace to a couple if they are at peace with each other through clearing the field they share together (which is the AND). Before male and female procreate, they need to find balance within themselves, which often doesn’t happen due to developmental problems, as I will discuss thoroughly below. Once they are at balance with themselves, they can find balance with each other.

This problem non withstanding, the ability to find balance in polarity is an absolute prerequisite for evolution. Otherwise, co-creation wouldn’t be possible. Except if we would abolish the principle of individuality, itself and would only create via swarm intelligence. But individuality is another way to express polarities, therefore polarity and individuality are tightly connected to each other. Polarities unify opposites by way of complementation of unique and individual concepts if balance is present.

The more we evolve, the more pronounced does polarity become. The more complex an organism, the more it will be polarized. Think of plants: they do have a male and female aspect when it comes to germination. But it is hardly imaginable that a plant is identified with its own sexuality outside of the practical act of germination. Animals, on the other hand, are very aware of their sexual counterparts. Their sex will define their behavior. Even more so in humans. But even in humans, polarization increases with maturity. Babies are fairly neutral sexually. Children are only slightly more polarized than babies. Polarization truly awakens in puberty. And other than what many people assume, it is not the period in a humans life in which polarization is strongest. At least, it shouldn’t be, which I will discuss later.

If individuation is an ongoing process as well as autonomy, why not polarization also? Again, I am not just talking sex here. But I am not excluding sex, either. After all, evolution means inclusion. The question is in which way polarization can evolve beyond pure sexuality.

To me, this is one of the most interesting questions ever. Sadly, most people do not get to wonder about this question because, as I already pointed out, polarization requires a healthy development of previous stages, it requires maturity.

Although polarity is such an important principle in our universe as a whole, and especially for us humans as complex organic beings, there is little attention on it beyond behavioral and reproductive aspects in mainstream science, medicine or psychology.

One might get to the conclusion that this could be owed to a lack of maturity in the overall population, which is exactly the point I would like to make. I will argue that polarization is absolutely essential for any self-actualization as well. Maslow, one of the forefathers of psychology concurs with me: “Self-actualization is not altogether general. It takes place via femaleness or maleness, which are prepotent to general-humanness. That is, one must first be a healthy, femaleness-fulfilled woman or maleness-fulfilled man before general-human self-actualization becomes possible.” (Maslow,  Abraham H.. Toward a Psychology of Being (S.196). Start Publishing LLC. Kindle-Version.) And if the polarization is crucial for individual self-actualization, it will also be important for other aspects of individual and also collective development and evolution. 

With this in mind, let’s give the game a name.

The name of the game

Welcome to Polarity!

Should our universal game have a slogan it could be:

“Join us for a wild ride through many levels of co-creative intentional energy management.”

Now that we know what evolution is all about, we should have a look what happens when it doesn’t unfold in a healthy way here. 

Image credit: Son of Groucho from Scotland, Wikipedia

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