The first principle of life from the very beginning was to survive as an individual and the second was to reproduce itself. Of course, these were not mental operations, they were functioning “laws” that are only slightly less universal than the four fundamental interactions of nature – gravity, weak force, the electromagnetic force, and strong force. The difference is that those four must create an environment where living processes can exist. There are many other things existing in the universe that are dependent on the interactions of those four, like the creation of stars, the formation of denser elements, and the formation of planets, oceans, and volcanoes. All of those things and many more required operating “laws” that permitted them to appear in an appropriate environment created by former actions.
When creating the former 16 attempts to form a functioning way for humans to live as a species for a long time, it seemed appropriate to express the ideas in a socially expansive way. There arose a problem with that method when it was unconstrained by the fact that there are other people, and beings that will take advantage of a person and a society behaving as suggested.
The problem is simply the non-application of Darwinian principles. Those individuals, species, and societies who survive are the ones who are to be found in the future. They are those who adapted to at least one environment where they survived and therefore became survivors. That is most likely to be a species that possessed the ability to disperse widely into as many of the environmental niches as were available. For the people who hold to the hope and kindness principles that I have been exploring, there must be provisions for coping with potentially deadly consequences of future environments and people.
After presenting the above argument there is a natural transition from the existing hope #1—discovering the orderly nature of our Universe, so we can help ourselves and others benefit from all that is possible. We can now presume that to survive we can include that in the orderly nature of our Universe. The line following that introductory hope can now be – #2 striving to survive as individuals, families, societies, and species by welcoming opportunities to live in strange new places.
We find hope and give kindness by:
- —discovering the orderly nature of our Universe, so we can help ourselves and others benefit from all that is possible.
- —striving to survive as individuals, families, societies, and species by welcoming opportunities to live in strange new places.
- —creating an ideally balanced human society, so you and I and everyone else can have a meaningful life in a sustainable world.
- —dedicating our wisdom to the great tradition of alleviating the suffering of all living beings.
- —helping one another use our abilities for our own and others’ well-being.
- —appreciating that we as a fellowship of people expressing diverse views are discovering wonderful new ways of living.
- —making a habit of clearly acknowledging other people and their need to love one another and our Universe.
That was an unexpected turn of my hope-filled world and yet it is obvious once stated.