A new status of Gaia earth is uncovered. It will help us connect ourselves, our planet, the universe and everything else together. This new model of Gaia Earth can finally answer many of life's unanswerable mysteries, including its origin, the purpose of human, his place and his future in the universe.
The endless debate between science and religion concerning human's status and his future prospects has not produced any definite answer despite centuries of advancement in knowledge and better understanding of the world around us. Science maintains that the universe is forever changing with humans as just one of the many end products of an unpredictable evolutionary path. We may be playing the role of genes on this planet at this moment but our arrival is only by chance. Like the bacteria first appear on earth, once they learn how to replicate themselves, their goal is to utilize whatever ability they possess to spread out aimlessly in no directions. Earth as a planetary cell will do the same. Since we have that ability, all that is required for us to accomplish is to explore the heaven and colonize as many planets as the eyes can see. As far as plans and purposes are concerned, there is still no particular meaning to why we are doing it because things just happen. That means as important our status on earth is, our future is very much an uncertain one.
Religion on the other hand insists humans are far apart from other animals. For ages the popular answer is god created this species separately with a definite purpose in mind. If all goes well, we are destined to have a place in heaven. The present predicament the world experiences is due to abandonment that is supposed to end soon. With some divine instructions to follow, there will be no more pain and suffering but only peace and happiness for this chosen species. If human is truly a species to travel to other planets, maybe this is the reason for our existence, which may partially fulfill religion's prophecy of god's purpose to create this universe.
Exactly who is deemed correct is a matter of opinion. The consensus divides almost in the middle, with no one being able to claim victory. While many religious authorities concede that mountains of evidence presented by modern day science are undeniable facts and some of their old doctrines must be changed or even discarded, many devoted scientists also believe the arrangement of this world is more than a fluke accident because such a belief that a grand existence of an orderly universe with an evolutionary game that goes nowhere goes directly against their personal conviction. The more they look and learn about things around them the more they realize this universe exists for a purpose and even admit there must be a designer or creator behind the whole scheme. The difficult part is how to find a more scientific or at least a more logical answer to explain how it all happens other than those fairy tales offered by religion.
Obviously with many of their long held beliefs being pushed back by the mounting scientific facts coming out everyday by the minute, religion is not about to change the heart and mind of the modern day sophisticated crowd by offering their superficial promises that never come. But if people rely on science's philosophy as a foundation to build the future, does humanity still have any hope to have a definite place in this universe, or is it entirely up to fate and chance because as these scientists claim, we are worth nothing more than the apparent creatures that simply evolved out of nowhere on this planet governed by a strange natural selection process?
Now that a little bit more is known about the status of this planet and human's role on it, this new knowledge can be used to find out the answers that cannot be found in any other way. Earth in some ways is a mirror image of the living cells in every of our body. All the things that have been learned about these living cells may offer us some clues as to how the earth as a planetary cell operates. Likewise the knowledge acquired from studying the earth can also be used to have a better understanding of the living cells in our body. They both nicely compliment each other. By studying the co-relations between the two, more can be known about cells, whether they exist in a world of chance or something else, and more can be known about this human species as earth's genes, whether we are some hopeless scum or a special somebody, and if there is anything in store for us in the future. Therefore to find the answer about humanity's future is to look into the cellular world. There is a long history sitting there to be analyzed. Find out what happens to these cells, what they have gone through, how they develop, what happens to their genes and apply the knowledge to the earth and humans and we will have a good idea about our future prospects.
For billions of years' existence, cells have developed from simple bacteria to higher forms of lives. Science believes the mechanism for such development is by means of a series of chance mutations within the genes of the cells that trigger changes and nothing else. They concur it is through these unforeseen events that determine the outcome of all living things, including the emergence of humans. If that is the case, our species must be an accident and if the path is projected into the future, our fate will not be any different.
Human history is relatively short, but long enough to give us a glimpse of how things progress. In the past, we have tried to use different forms of governments with different ways to manage the human affairs. The process was never an easy one. We indulged in endless debates, made changes and corrections. Many times when things did not work out, bloody wars were used to determine the outcome. Everything is run on a trial and error basis because there is no precedence anywhere else for us to use as reference, not from our ancestors, nor aliens from outer space, nor god in heaven. Until today in a so called modern civilization with its high tech era, societies and nations are still in much turmoil.
Precisely because of the unsettled and uncertain human history, many people are more convinced than ever that life means nothing but is all chances. The appearance of the human species is a mere stroke of luck that happened out of a chain of very unlikely incidents, missing any one of them and none of us will be here today. According to the theory, our long history from the ancient ancestors to modern civilization with all the accomplishment in technology is supposed to advance at random and nothing more. This developmental process can be demonstrated in all aspects of lives, from human societies to evolution of animals and plants, with each step traced all the way to individual cell level, where the so called chance mutation occurs within the genes resulting in all the variations of forms and shapes of lives on earth today.
While the argument may have some scientific merits, it is not difficult to understand why so many still want to challenge this assumption. Simple logical thinking tells us that there must be more to it, only if we can find a better way to explain the situation in a more convincing manner.
Indeed there is more to the story. The best way to verify this assumption is to look at earth as a planetary cell and study it as such. With human acting as its genes, it is possible to examine the issue more thoroughly because there is a live drama going on in front of our eyes. The human behaviour and its history will be comparable to what goes on inside the cells at gene level. We can literally look right into the heart of the matter, better than using a microscope to poke into the genes of a living cell because we are the genes and the earth is the living cell. By observing and asking ourselves we can find out exactly how human affairs are conducted or how civilization and technologies advance. With that knowledge available the answer to how genes conduct their business at cell level and how they evolve will also become apparent. As long as there is not an outside operator dictating how things are supposed to be done differently, whether it is at cell gene level or human level, the events must be going through a very similar pattern.
During the entire course of civilization progress, evidence shows things do not happen overnight but rather they proceed in a relatively slow and gradual sometimes agonizing pace. Technology is a major factor bringing the human species to its present status. It speeds things up, makes life more bearable and comfortable and eventually it is the advancing technologies that will bring us to the stars and beyond. There does not seem to be any divine guidance bringing civilization to the present point. The question then is exactly how technology with its sophisticated tools and machineries advances and reaches our modern era, whether it is all chances and luck or if sweat and tears play a major role in contributing to the cause, or perhaps a combination of both.
To make technology possible, it is necessary to create a system that is supported by never ending new discoveries and therefore newer and better inventions. Of the thousands and millions of these inventions going through the system to become part of the technology, how did they come into being?
If according to the current scientific theory, it is all chance at work, then all the inventions and discoveries must have happened through sheer luck and nothing else. That means all the past great scientific breakthrough and inventions by any individual are the luck of the draw. These people however hard working they think they are must not be better than anyone else other than having luck on their side. Coupled with some freak accidents and unforeseeable circumstances, something happens to them and these fortunate few mutate in a positive way, unlike many of those unlucky ones who end up in mental institutions and are forgotten. As a result, their thoughts and ideas become useful therefore they survive better than the rest of us and rise to the occasion with their brilliant discoveries. In another word, all those scientists and engineers working in the space center who make moon landing and other space programs possible are a lucky few who happen to have things going their way. Only when all things fall into their places do great things happen and only then can they make history and become successful.
While it is true that there is nothing new under the sun and nobody actually creates or invents anything new other than a lot of these discoveries if not all are mostly accidental, reality is more likely that nature throws us things at random. It is up to each individual to capture the crucial ones in order to connect. Only after untold hours of researches and experiments where failures and frustration become very much a part of it can one see positive results coming out of it. If chances and randomness are a part of the process, they only play a very small part, possibly that one percent of inspiration that is required. What is more important is the other ninety-nine percent of hard work, or perspiration needed to complete the game.
Every successful mission from the space center or anywhere else for that matter requires tremendous manpower, determination and meticulous planning. Nothing can be left to chance or the vehicle will mercilessly explode in mid air. When it comes to building up order, chances and randomness are downright destructive. They do not make things happen. Hard work does. This applies to all living things, from animals and plants to humans to earth itself.
If earth as a planetary cell survives on hard work, those living cells in our body should not act any differently. In their miniature world, genes are the control center carrying all the information and instructions necessary to manipulate and influence the outcome of the cell, therefore shaping its final character. Using proteins and enzymes they manufacture, the amount of materials required within the structure are constantly maintained and regulated. New materials will be created, replacing old ones which will be discarded. Food will be used to convert to energy to keep up with the process of growth and development. When grown to maturity, these genes will proceed to reproduce themselves and the cell thus continue on its existence.
Each gene has a specific role to play in the cell's never ending activities. They work together in clockwork precision. By being able to synchronize all the activities together in a co-operative manner, the cell will be able to function as one and survive. Sometimes in more complex bodies, some cells might even engineer their own death to pave way for others to move on.
To be able to carry out all these vital activities, there must be a set of values, or laws and orders within this highly organized structure for all to follow. Anyone breaking these rules set up by the genes or the control center of the cell will disintegrate the body or system.
As civilization advancement on earth testifies, all these orderly activities happening in a highly organized structure cannot be constructed and developed by a game of cards. Cells do not exist in a mechanical world. Their complex structure is no accident but involves a lot of hard work and sometimes intelligence.
We can safely conclude that the past history of life development on earth did not rely totally on luck and spread in any which way without a purpose; and the same thing can be said about the future of the life of this universe because no lives except for a few parasites can ever accomplish anything by waiting for nature to offer them favours without returning any work on their behalf.
Many people dispute the notion that life as intelligent as human can be compared to the genes of a single cell or bacteria. A human is supposed to be an animal with a conscious mind that can think and understand his world and his surroundings. It is impossible to compare our intelligent level with that of the almost mechanical world of cell genes. It has been a long held belief that cells do not know why they replicate themselves except that given the right ingredients things start to come together and they will simply go through the motion in a mechanical way. There is simply no chance they are conscious enough to understand what they are doing.
To put things in better perspective, the comparison of our intelligence should not be with cells but with the outside surroundings. For example, how much does this intelligent human species know about himself, his home planet and the universe out there? Until the modern day of this high tech era, wars and social unrest are still very much a part of our progress. Despite all the knowledge and material goods acquired, many people are still desperately looking for answers to life's most fundamental questions.
As intelligent as this human species is, we are also going through the motion like our body cells by reacting to the circumstances. In times of threat, we build more weapons. In times of flood, hundreds and thousands of pumps large and small will churn out. In hot weather, more fans and air conditioners will be made available. When snowfall is heavy, tools from snow shovels to snow plows will be all over the places. Whenever something happens, whether by nature or by men, more of these "proteins" will be built to counteract it. Our understanding of the universe is as good as the bacteria's knowledge of the earth.
However, out of our ignorance, we also possess a desire to unravel all those mysteries out there. The answers may not come overnight but during the course of time, we acquire bits and pieces of knowledge and accumulate any vital information along the way. If possible, whatever little bit of useful knowledge and information will be utilized to our advantage in order for us to advance. It may take millions of years, but with some luck and a lot of hard work, these culminated knowledge and information will eventually lead us to develop advanced machineries in the form of sophisticated vision and hearing and other sensing device or in the cellular world, into organs like eyes, ears and many other amazing features.
This must be how primitive lives develop into highly advanced bodily structures like human. Likewise, this will also be how our earth as a planetary cell will eventually develop into even more sophisticated living systems. What's most important is these amazing structures do not come from sheer chance and randomness.
If cells are mechanical from a human point of view, then this human species is no better in the eyes of the universe. If we consider ourselves intelligent, then cells in their living world must also be intelligent.
Any advanced aliens out there who peep into human activities on earth using their microscope and conclude that our achievement from stone age to present high tech era are a series of co-incidents, which are nothing more than going through the motion by a series of freak accidents that happen at the right time in the right place and therefore computers and rockets are available for us to go to space, we will surely be offended by that kind of thinking. Yet this is exactly the kind of attitude we have toward cells and their genes.
Intelligence is not an exclusive right that is reserved for humans. It is the property of all lives in this universe. Our status is as dumb, or as intelligent as the genes in our body cells. Some say the presently known physical universe is actually only one percent of its entire existence. As highly developed as our body is, it does not yet have the sense to detect the other ninety-nine percent's existence. With that kind of intellectual capacity, how good are we to believe that human is the only intelligent species that has the ability to understand and is above all others? Cells with their genes in their own world must have their own kind of intelligence which is grossly downplayed by us human. More likely, this so called intelligence that everyone possesses is actually a mysterious force in the universe acting on all of us. It acts on cells, plants and animals and maybe even dead matters to complete a job. Now human is just another vehicle equipped with better tools to be used by this same force to advance itself again.
As intelligent and advanced as many think modern civilization is, our chaotic existence with its pathetic history of various governments governing on a trial and error formula only shows that earth as a living cell is still very much at its infancy stage. There are still many experiments to be carried out and much work have to be done for earth to reach its true maturity stage. The affairs on this planet are far from established, not even settled but given enough time they will. The question then is how are these affairs to be worked out. Will the settlement be achieved with the help of chance or hard work, or both? Most important of all, how will the settlement affect the future of this human race?
The answer to these questions is not definite because it all depends on our performance, the courses we choose and the decisions we make besides that one percent of chance and luck. The present human status with respect to the universe is absolutely minute and absolutely vulnerable to all outside harsh elements. For unknown millennia we live and die by the billions, being subjected to the same unforgiving forces experienced by any other living things. We dread of natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, watching helplessly as they kill and maim thousands and not able to do a thing. The fear of an asteroid crashing into the earth annihilating the whole human race like it did to the dinosaurs is constantly in our mind.
However, whether it is sheer luck or strong will, our species pulled through these uncertain times and emerged with one possession that others don't, which is the ability to develop tools to escape the earth and expand into the unknown space therefore diverse ourselves into other worlds and survive another day, another millennium. In the end, if our hard work pays off and with some luck on our side, that ability will ensure the survival of planet earth with all its inhabitants including the human race. In that respect, this human species may be the most important thing that ever exists in the history of the universe.
It is indeed a huge opportunity because literally the heaven is the limit but at the same time the outcome is not guaranteed. The only thing that is certain is this human species is privileged to be given the chance to make a go for the future. Now that the stage is set, it is up to us to perform. The goal is not to wait for answers from outside help, but to put in an effort ourselves to finish the job; and surely the job is not to find existing civilization in outer space to satisfy our curiosity but to concentrate our efforts to found new ones out there.
Generation after generation of bad behaviour leads us to belittle and badmouth ourselves on every turn as the disease and scum of this planet. It is very sad that our tarnished image leads many to look on the human race as evil and as a result stop ourselves from acting productively. As minute and insignificant as we are in comparison to the physical universe, our present minute existence has the potential to completely alter the universe like the first bacteria altering the earth from its raw and primitive existence to one of striking majestic beauty.
If only the important roles cell genes play in the living world is emphasized, we will begin to realize how important this human genes are in playing the role of the future development of the universe. The more one contemplates the situation, the more it shows our uniqueness in playing center stage at least for the time being. On earth, nothing can come close to our ability to do what we are doing. Out in space, something, someone has yet to appear somewhere to compete with us. There is not even a single bacteria discovered, let alone intelligent aliens. Our present infinitesimal status could mean big things in the future if we are doing things right and know how to arrange our priorities to develop from small to big.
The history of cells since that critical moment some three and a half billion years ago until today tells of a successful story. Because they were able to establish themselves in a system that runs according to laws and orders with everyone's uncompromising and unselfish behaviour, these members of the genes had secured a place for themselves in this universe, possibly lasting until eternity because all the genes in every single life on earth can only compose of these original twenty some members with no substitutes allowed. They simply can't because it is an established structure. New life forms in the future, no matter how distant, will be comprised of cells and genes. The same members of the genes will be reproduced again and again. Any future newcomers who want to join the club must conform to the same structure by being the same kind and follow the same precise rules that are long established in order to be accepted.
As far as human genes go, we can do the same as the cell genes did. If we are truly intelligent enough to use our hard work to establish good laws and orders on earth and successfully move out into the heaven to build healthy civilization out there, not only do future worlds have a good model to follow, our status as a human species in this universe is also secured. Earth is another unit of life in the form of planetary cell. Any future living planets must use human as their control units because like living cells this is the only way to reproduce. There is no other way and no substitute is allowed. Once that is accomplished, mankind will then inherit the heaven. Religion's promise will then be fulfilled. Our future descendants in whatever forms and shapes will have a chance to wonder at our successful legacy like we do to our ancient ancestors who leave us with a fond memory to rekindle.
On the other hand, if luck is our only living companion in building our future, then there will be plenty reasons to be concerned because the future world will be built on an unknown. The outcome could have a negative impact, not only on us, our society, this planet, but the future of the universe because many of the future worlds and maybe all of them will depend on the copy of this one. Worst yet, if we completely fail, there will be more than shame to carry. Our legacy will fulfill what science has long promised. Human species is a fluke accident. When our time comes we will perish into oblivion. There will not be a second chance for us because once a species is gone, it is gone. All the past hard work and centuries of accomplishments will go down the drain with us.
Both religion and science could be correct because our future fate depends on luck and our course of action. It will be our collective decisions and activities that will decide if religion or science ends up on top. Whether we believe our present individual lifestyle, well being and comfort on this planet are more important than our future, which literally is what the end of the heaven can offer, it will be something to think about in the next century.
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