Sunday, March 31, 2013

Two Sides to Every Coin

When people come from a perceptual place of dualism everything has to be either Good or Bad. However, as an adult life really isn't like that. Though you might be able to define all life around you and all experiences as being good or bad for you personally in any given moment, it completely doesn't work beyond you and that moment and always becomes infinite shades of gray.

So, when I discovered this I had to change the way I saw things. I had been raised by parents that were in charge of a church as ministers from the time I was 6 to 12 years of age. So, dualism was instilled in me as a Christian Mystic. Trying to embrace non-dualism was very hard for me because of my training. But, over time I learned to be better at it by seeing everything sort of like the weather. Is rain good or bad? Is snow Good or Bad? Is wind good or bad? It all depends on many factors doesn't it? It depends on how much? When? and to whom? it is happening to. It depends on many different factors to the point where you cannot tell me that rain is good or bad universally. You cannot tell me that Snow or wind is good or bad universally either. And most of life is like this. It all depends.

In college one of the things I studied was Anthropology. I was interested in dominant and recessive genetic characteristics. The person who actually started this study I believe was a Catholic priest who studied I believe fruit Flies or something like that several hundred years ago. 

But one of the things that amazed me was that the dominant gene for humans is dwarfism which puts how we might look at the dwarves (Hobbits) in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" in a different context. So, how come if the dwarves are the dominant gene are there so few of them. The obvious is that they were killed off along the way which is really sad but likely also true. So, as dwarves had tall children they kept them alive even if they were one in 10 or 5 in ten or whatever the original genetic disposition was.

Then we move on to how there are all these different genetic traits we all have. As I studied more about DNA and all these traits I realized something. Every genetic trait people have has only survived because it was useful to our survival in some way along the way. So, whenever you look at everyone alive it means someone for literally thousands of generations of people had to survive to get pregnant by someone, choose to have the baby, keep it alive until it could breed, etc. etc. etc.

And I thought to myself: "How remarkable is that?" It means that anyone who didn't have a child for whatever reason did not have their genetics passed on to today. So, their specific genetics were not passed down through the gene pool and were eliminated. Now, I suppose you could also say that their basic genetics were carried on through any brothers or sisters or parents or other relatives that did breed and had kids that kept on breeding up until today. This is another way to look at it.

So, literally ANY genetics that survived until today have some usefulness to the survival of the human race or else they wouldn't exist. So, here is the "Two sides of every Coin". If you start with the premise that every genetic trait that exists now is useful to the survival of the human race in some way, then you have to rethink possibly how you and most people have tended to think about this in the past.

And anyone who survives to breed in the thousands and potentially millions of years will follow this pattern to survive in whatever type or types of environments exist externally and internally for  all time to come. All of us are environmentally suited to be alive now in this particular ecosystem and time we live here on earth. And this likely will continue to be this way except when people genetically engineer things without understanding the full consequences of their actions. But, even then, when things are genetically engineered like plants, people, animals etc., those that survive from that will again be suited to survive within whatever ecosystems remain or they will die too. So, whatever survives genetically is suited to a greater or lesser degree to the environments it was born into.

Then we take all these genetic dispositions and realize that often their are two sides to every coin(or genetic trait). By seeing that there might be a good side to any genetic trait as well as a bad side to any genetic trait it is important not to just go eliminating genetic traits just because you don't know what they are good for. Because if you eliminate any of them it could cause in the future: Human Extinction, because you don't yet understand what that trait was for in human survival ongoing.

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