The question of future human evolution has been faddish among popular-science types. Some argue that human evolution is at an end because our culture and our ease of travel make further natural selection impossible. Others, though, see us likely evolving in ways that will radically extend our earth-lives, including perhaps fertility into our eighties, interfacing our brains with robots, and even coming up with ways to download ourselves right to computers and thereby become “immortal.” It is spectacular to see them continuing to miss the whole point of our being alive.
In order to understand the likely course of future human evolution, we first must understand what human beings are:
1) Human minds are part of eternal Mind. These human bodies and brains that may or may not be continuing to evolve are nothing but temporary probes that we use to experience the illusion of earth-life. Our minds remain part of eternal Mind. That is who we really are!
2) We never began and we never will end. The evidence that human minds survive our deaths is so abundant and so consistent that it is impossible for any open-minded person who examines the best evidence to reach a different conclusion.
So the kinds of human evolution that would be useless and counterproductive are the very kinds of human evolution that scientists are most eager to see! Longer lives on the earth plane? Ways to somehow imprison our minds in electronic widgets? No one who has the foggiest understanding of what human beings actually are would consider these ideas to be anything but crazy.
Evidence indicates that human evolution is entering a new and extraordinary phase. Our bodies now are good enough to allow us to experience useful lives on earth that are as much as ninety years long. Given the purpose of human life, that seems to be quite long enough. Abundant evidence indicates that we are here to learn to love perfectly and learn to forgive completely. That is the reason for human life, and based upon all the evidence, I have come to suspect that it is the only reason the universe exists at all.
So our bodies have evolved to be sufficient vehicles. From now on, what will be evolving is our MINDS.
Of course, nobody can be sure where the evolution of our minds will take us. Extrapolating to the future from the past is tough. But if – as I suspect – our minds are evolving, then evidence very strongly suggests that here is where that evolution is going:
1) We will develop much better ways to communicate with the dead. Expect this to happen within the next fifty years, and probably a great deal sooner. Once the dead are able to give us guidance in how to better develop our minds, we can expect that development to become more rapid.
2) We will concentrate on learning how to love. The kind of love that the evidence suggests we are supposed to be learning during our lives bears little resemblance to what most of us now think of as love. It’s much more than being kind within families! It’s more like perceiving every human being on earth as equally and infinitely loved. As Jesus says, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:39) Our minds are so densely connected that at the level of our minds your neighbor actually is yourself. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48)
3) We will concentrate on learning how to forgive. The sort of radical forgiveness that we are on earth to learn is not optional. It doesn’t depend on whether we like the perpetrator, nor does it matter the degree of harm done. Instead, we are required to learn to forgive every wrong of every degree as if it never happened. It is impossible really to love properly unless we can forgive completely. In addition, of course, there is the fact that once each of us eventually dies we will be made to feel every wrong that we ever have done to others in our lives, and we will be asked to do the hardest thing that any of us ever will do: we will be required to forgive ourselves. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2). Learning to forgive while we are alive is the greatest gift that we can give to ourselves!
4) We will stop seeing people as inherently evil. Never again will we see one another as selfish, combative, the fallen sons of Adam, base parts of nature red in tooth and claw. That is an old, fallacious view of humanity that was grounded in a false materiality.
5) We will develop a glorious new understanding of what human beings actually are! Once every one of us knows that human nature is at last understood, and that the view of all of us being discovered really is beyond-belief glorious, there is nothing in our lives that will not change.
Every human being on earth and everyone in the afterlife levels is a powerful eternal being whose mind is part of Eternal Mind and densely connected to all other minds. In the most profound sense, we all are one. And in our perfected state – in the state to which our minds are certainly evolving – every human mind in all of reality is profoundly, completely, and perfectly good.
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