The evolution of life forms, in
any of their incarnations, can be mapped out, on a chart of evolutionary
development. Ranging from non life forms (chemicals etc.) to total
evolutionary development. Encompassing everything from lower life forms
(vegetation etc.) through to higher life forms (animals), from the onset
of consciousness (lowest level of higher life), through to conscience
(highest level of higher life):-
All life forms have followed this pattern of development through
their evolutionary life span. All reaching their peak at given
points within the pattern, dependant upon physical limitations.
Focusing our attentions on mankind the species, we can trace his
evolutionary development (as in all species) through from individual
chemical elements (the starting point for all life and non life forms)
right through to modern day.
Way back in the mists of time, all life forms, irrespective of their
current physical incarnations started off as matter, mere chemicals.
As and when such opportunities presented themselves, these blobs of
chemicals evolved, as they merged with other chemicals, and found certain
forces being exerted upon them, heat etc. which led to those chemicals
growing into germs and bacteria, as they climbed on up through the ranks of
the lower life form, from single cell life forms, onwards and upwards
constantly evolving, up to a point whereby a brain was blessed upon that
species, albeit a primitive one, and with that brain, consciousness, as
that species found itself stepping into the hallowed grounds of the higher
Taking a closer look at the evolutionary development of the higher life
form, and in particular the brain that such a life form possesses, we see
the mind of the individual concerned developing an understanding of the
world around it, as and when physical circumstances permit.
As the mind develops, it becomes aware that it is contained within an
organic machine (a body), and as such quickly masters control of that body,
allowing it to transport itself, and interact with the environment that it
finds itself in, this being the point at which the mind commences gaining
consciousness of the external environment that it currently resides in
(the world as we know it), allowing it to continue its journey through the
As a species mankind has leapfrogged up the evolutionary scale ahead of all
other life forms due to a few key physical features. Being a mammal is
perhaps the first and most obvious characteristic, alongside the majority
of successful higher life forms. Possessing an internal form of heating
allows for greater tolerance of climatic changes, and as such a greater
chance of survival in the evolutionary race. Hands are probably the next
big step in mankinds development, and with them, fingers and thumbs, the
acquisition of which led to greater interaction with mankinds immediate
environment and greater manipulation of all the objects therein, leading to
the primitive construction of tools etc.
Up until this point, mankind has been followed on his evolutionary journey
by many fellow higher life forms, mammals, primates etc. and yet mankind
the species, has left them all standing, in his crowning as the most highly
evolved species of life upon the planet Earth. this honourable feat has
been achieved by mankinds use and understanding of language. the increased
levels of communication experienced by man, has enabled him, greater
co-operation, and subsequently greater levels of efficiency, as the species
as a whole becomes more tightly fused together, operating more and more as
a singular, leading to greater levels of achievement and development.
The evolutionary development of mankind the species, is mirrored like for
like within mankind the individual. Looking at any individuals personal
evolutionary history, we see the basic climbing through the evolutionary
ranks as performed by the species as a whole.
Starting off at the bottom of the evolutionary scale, any individual
started off life as a non life form, existing merely as the basic chemical
elements of life itself. Further on through that individuals life, we see
them climbing on up through the ranks, and entering the domain of the lower
life form, as they sit within their mothers womb developing on up through
the evolutionary ladder as a single cell life form. Onwards and upwards, we
see the formation of a basic body, a brain, and with that, a mind. With the
firing up of that mind, we see that individual bursting on into the
distinctive realm of the higher life form, with the onset of consciousness,
albeit in the rudimentary aspects of deep coma. From then on in, it is
merely a matter of time, before the organ within which that person resides
becomes big enough and tough enough to take on the rigours of the outside
world, allowing for the birth of that particular higher life form, man.
The same pattern is echoed in reverse, within the example of death. The
dying individual will, rapidly devolve down the evolutionary scale from
external consciousness, down into internal consciousness, and with even the
internal levels of consciousness, disappearing fast, they would then lose
all level of consciousness full stop, and slip back down into the realms of
the lower life form, existing in nothing more than an organic state.
Rapidly falling down the evolutionary ladder further still, that person, or
rather the shell of that person, will devolve down into the ranks of the
non life form, as it decays, and breaks down into its chemical components,
ultimately dissolving into the earth from where it was formed. There, they
find themselves, or at least the matter from which they were formed, sucked
back into the bottom end of the food chain, where they will begin the same
old journey again, as they transform themselves and subsequently evolve, in
a physical sense, into another life form.
The fluctuation up and down the evolutionary scale is also experienced by
any individual in a more minor way, on a day to day basis, as they jump up
and down the levels of consciousness, hopping between internal and
external, in the common sleep wake cycle.
© Sean Copland 1995-2014