When, somehow, the first biological cell came into being, it had to keep the highly organized molecules inside the cell safe from the chaos and threats from outside the cell. This stage of life on Earth could be labeled “Me against the world”. One would assume that single cells don’t get lonely, otherwise this first cell would know it better than anyone.
When Evolution Began
Next, the cell found a way to encode all its internal organization into biochemical processes that were passed on to a second cell that arose from the first cell doubling everything and pinching off into two. This is the moment that evolution arose, and could be labeled “May the Best Man Win”. For even though these two microscopic cells were related, and even though there was no one else on Earth, they would immediately begin competing for space, water, oxygen, and nutrients. When we add in the changes that genetic drift bring about, and wait for a big environmental change to test who survives, then we see evolution in all its glory, that has continued to the present moment.
Insects Behave Like Single Cells
There is a bee store and live display outside of Quebec city in Canada, called La Musee de l’abeille (the Bee Museum) where there are 6 inch clear plastic pipes traversing overhead. In these are bees coming and going from the outside world to their individual hives in the building. At times alien bees will try to go into a hive other than their own and the native bees intercept them, and you can see the hand to hand combat as couples of bees battle it out in the clear pipe. It takes miles of flight and months of time to produce a very little bit of honey, so that is their gold. It makes a lot of sense why some bees would risk their lives to steal the other bees’ gold and also why the bees who created the honey would want to protect it.
And Larger Creatures Follow Evolutions Too
You can pick any time in written history and follow the path of a civilization, to find that when it came up against another group of people, there was eventually and inevitably a conflict over finite resources. Battle, and taking the other guy’s stuff has always been part of who Homo sapiens are, much like the bees and the single cells.
Imagine the Crusades:
Remember the paintings of the great European battles:
Recall the photos of WW I and II:
Then remember bacteria, bees and everything else on Earth that lives.
Some Kind of Balance Outside of Evolution
Individually we have to have an outer skin to protect us and an inner immune system to constantly keep guard against invaders. As societies and countries we need to have similar protective mechanisms to maintain the status quo. But is that all there is, and does evolution always have the final say? Now that we know what’s going on, is there not a better way, to live beside evolution instead of being controlled by it? Otherwise, if we accept it, we are destined to violence and war as a way of being, and eventually, like all the Homo relatives before us, to extinction. At this point we could contemplate the possibilities of our spiritual lives.
What Will Our Successors Look Like?
And will their futures be dictated by evolution too?