Originally Posted: April 16, 2010
I am confident that many people who come to CotE wonder why so much
focus is given to personal evolution. With all the myriad things a
person can do with a minor degree of development, the question is asked
as to why this is so important. Evolution is the first and foremost goal
of the Path. Humanity, as it currently stands, has stagnated and no
further major development has occurred beyond minor adaptation to its
protean environment. The necessity of another major jump in human
evolution becomes apparent as humanity, as a whole, is no longer capable
of exploring or reacting to its environment as it currently senses it
and science has been unable to answer the questions that are still
debated amongst the faith-holders and the scientific materialists. Thus,
pursuing evolution holds the key for both man's obvious development and
the answer to all of the unanswerable questions that still exist. Only
by accomplishing this can humanity accomplish what the Old Gods desire
from humanity, which is to evolve to their level of existence.
Contrary to popular belief, one major element is required to trigger any
kind of evolution. This element is the crisis. There must be a deep
NEED to evolve or surmount a limitation and the presence of at least one
negative stressor that is directly related to the desire is required.
There must be a surmountable obstacle that must be overcome before the
person sees reason to trigger the evolutionary process. A problem, issue
or limitation must be so profound that only developing the ability to
overcome it is the only answer. This is not the same as developing tools
to do the work for them. Usage of tools is humanity's greatest boon as
well as greatest vice. The latter is because the presence of tools
deprives the physical body of the need to develop for difficult tasks.
While this statement is not a call to take a Neo-Luddite approach by any
means, one should bear in mind that there is a loss upon humanity due
to the usage of tools and technology.
Evolution is not limited to physical means. Humanity, as a culture and
society, also has the ability to evolve. It is in this aspect where
humanity is deficient. With all of its technological and developmental
aspects stripped away, humanity is an extremely violent, intolerant and
insular species that has managed to successfully integrate the opposing
principles of the "herd" and "pack" mentalities. These groups are
extremely xenophobic and are intolerant to change. An Alpha (either a
single individual or a specific subset that operates as an Alpha) ALWAYS
dominates the remainder of the structure and enforces its groupthink.
Humanity and its herd-packs will not hesitate to engage in violent mass
conflicts for the sake of ideological disagreements. Unlike endemic
warfare or skirmishes in the animal kingdom, which are always the result
of resource demands, Humanity is willing to become violent because some
groups disagree with others. Because of this inability to rationally
see all sides and come to an accord, Humanity, socially speaking, is
still in a rather primitive state.
Thus, the burden of evolution falls upon those individuals how see this
problem and DESIRE to overcome it. Inevitably, these individuals will
gravitate to one another and new communities will establish themselves.
It becomes both an individual and a group responsibility to work to
better both the individual and the concept of the group. The Church of
the Elders is an example of this principle in action.
In the end, the choice comes down to the individual. Anyone can lead a
fulfilling life and existence without pursuing evolution, but the truth
is that they will have contributed nothing to the betterment of
humanity. Each person who pursues and attains some degree of
development, in even the smallest measure, can state that they have made
some contribution to the betterment of humanity and should enough
people do so, humanity can get out of its stagnation and the doldrums of
mediocrity it now endures.
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