Do We Need To Update Our Myths To More Accurately Reflect Our Reality?

Aug 11, 2017 | | 1 comment

The Seven species of Homo (Human) genus. We have DNA of two other human types within our Sapiens genome, indicating that at one time we were able to mate with these sister humans – until we drove them into extinction, leaving us the lone human species on the planet.

“In the beginning, when God created the seven Human species to commingle together upon the earth, he looked upon all that he had created and called it good. There was peace among the species of Man, among all humankind, for a very long time. But, when the humans gifted with unusual creativity took to spreading across the world, they warred with the other species for self-interested gain. In time, only one Human species remained and, later, wrote stories about themselves. Fantastic stories about their supreme importance and their glorious status upon this planet. The world that God created has never been the same.”*

What if human Sapiens hadn’t killed off the human Neanderthalensis, human Denisova, and human Floresiensis in all his extreme predatory ways? How would our societies have developed? What if human Sapiens had developed myths, religions, and writing very early after our cognitive revolution as a species? How would these stories have unfolded, with us not being the lone humans living upon the land, with us sharing the earth with brother and sister species? Had we allowed the other species of human to survive into the present, how would we have approached issues of racism and xenophobia, both among the different species of humankind and within the diversity of our own? I wonder. What stories could we now invent to include the brothers and sisters human species who did not make it into our BCE-CE historical period? Could we give them a voice once more? And, if we did, how would this change us as a self-occupied human primate species upon this planet? I wonder.

* A short story that I penned as a thought experiment to the expression of this post. Additionally, “God” represents any of the plethora of imaginary gods (and goddesses) that have been socially and personally imagined by human Sapiens-kind. Let’s be honest with ourselves folks, if it requires “faith”, then it is – no matter what it is – imaginary and without evidence. What actually exists, what is real, does not require our faith or belief in it (maybe, our trust is sometimes required), it is objectively self-evident to all who explore and study it, and it will never hide itself from reality within only the subjective minds and writings of a single animal species upon this planet.

What does it mean to be human?
Scientists have discovered a wealth of evidence concerning human evolution, and this evidence comes in many forms. Thousands of human fossils enable researchers and students to study the changes that occurred in brain and body size, locomotion, diet, and other aspects regarding the way of life of early human species over the past 6 million years. Millions of stone tools, figurines and paintings, footprints, and other traces of human behavior in the prehistoric record tell about where and how early humans lived and when certain technological innovations were invented. Study of human genetics show how closely related we are to other primates – in fact, how connected we are with all other organisms – and can indicate the prehistoric migrations of our species, Homo sapiens, all over the world. Advances in the dating of fossils and artifacts help determine the age of those remains, which contributes to the big picture of when different milestones in becoming human evolved.

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  1. Despite common misunderstanding, evolution is a ‘fact’ that is happening even in our times. The ‘theory’ of evolution is the ever evolving detailed explanation of how and why evolution is happening, based upon centuries of scientific testing and analysis of this natural fact. That evolution brought about the rise of all species of life upon this planet, present and past, is not a question that is in scientific debate. But, there is always room to better understand how and why evolution is the method that life uses to propagate itself. The scientific discovery that all species – including humans – evolved from earlier species, being based in fact, is not in conflict with our human myths about our origins as a species. One is based in observable ‘fact’, and the other is based in historically recent human imagined and written ‘fiction’. One requires that we ‘observe’ it happening, the other requires us to ‘have faith’ that its explanation of how we came about is true. Belief does not negate the reality of fact by observation, no matter how much we choose to believe and teach our cherished myths. What is important is to keep our myths, but remember and be honest about it that it is in fact a myth. A myth that can be used to inspire good and purpose. It’s okay to be honest with ourselves about what is fact and what is fiction, about what is physical reality and what is fictional reality, for the world will not end by doing so. Shabat shalom, everyone!

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    #alllivesmatter only when #truthandreconciliation has been established in the United States of America

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