MANKIND FACES AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS

Mammals demonstrate an existential leap of consciousness, or awareness, compared with more primitive organisms – a mammal is born with the instinct or subconscious ability to learn from its parents and environment, as well as following its more basic instincts. And mammals have the instinct to pass on intelligence to their offspring, by responding to ‘a bigger subconscious picture’ than the intelligence they pass on. This bigger picture involves time as well as space.

Around forty thousand years ago, another major leap in awareness happened. It was man’s ability to view his environment as something separate from himself, which perhaps he first depicted as rock art. This was surely the moment when man became human – he had freed himself from some of his instinctual responses to the environment, by becoming aware of them. In other words, he became consciously detached from the present moment, which enabled him to review and change his responses.

Man’s evolutionary process of discovering the nature of time has been speeding up. He is becoming aware of different levels of ‘detachment’ from the present moment. First was awareness of his instinctual behaviour, as mentioned above. Then came ideas, which allowed him to change his behaviour. This was followed by an awareness of his detachment from others, which he called ‘individuality’ or ‘self’. Perhaps it was this development that turned man into a nomadic explorer. This relatively late addition to man’s skills can be confirmed by the proliferation of different languages, which must have been created after man had spread to most regions of the planet.

Man had colonized paradise. But this period was also the beginning of an existential crisis. Man began to believe that his ideas emanated from a ‘self’, rather than from his environment of space and time. So he developed illusions of free will, independence and uniqueness, which created a state of psychological non-relationship with his environment.

Today, most of us live in reduced, detached worlds of the ‘self’, which are populated with three-dimensional images, words, opinions and fantasies. For example, the word ‘friendship’, which used to represent an important part of one’s real environment, is often reduced to a list of names of friends. Actions no longer ‘speak louder than words’. Scientists behave similarly, by ‘reducing the universe’ to numerical equations. So they measure everything, from DNA to gravity, which helps them classify and manipulate phenomena, with technological advantages to be sure. But the fundamental nature of phenomena remains a mystery because a measurement is a representation of reality, not reality itself. A world of three-dimensional measurements is a retreat from reality and therefore cannot ensure our survival.

Scientists have chosen this path because they believe they cannot rely on their five senses, which are ‘self-created’ and therefore no more than personal interpretations of reality. But they are mistaken; senses are physical impressions on our sense organs, which emanate from five different energy levels of an unexplored universe, the existence of which scientists do not even suspect. More