The New Human Story
Aug 31, 2018 02:00AM
By Gregg Braden
From Evolution by Chance to Transformation by Choice
Who Are We? Why It Matters
We live our lives, choose our relationships, solve our problems and heal our bodies based upon the way we think of ourselves. The way we answer “Who are we?” penetrates into the essence of each and every moment of our lives. It forms the perceptual eyes—the filters—through which we see other people: their cultures, religions and beliefs. Perhaps most important, it determines how we see and think of ourselves. Our self-esteem, our self-worth, our sense of confidence, our well-being and our safety stem directly from the way we think of ourselves in the world.
The way we answer “Who are we?” justifies our actions when it comes to saving a human life, and when we choose to end one. It goes directly to the core of how countries choose to create the borders that separate them and when they send armies across those borders, onto the land and into the homes of the people of another nation. When we think about it, our answer to “Who are we?” is at the core of everything we do and defines all that we cherish.
It’s precisely because the way we think of ourselves plays such a vital role in our lives that we owe it to ourselves to explain who we are as truthfully and honestly as possible. This includes taking into consideration every source of information available to us, from the leading-edge science of today to the wisdom of 5,000 years of human experience. It also includes changing the existing story when new discoveries give us the reasons to do so.
A New Human Story
New discoveries ranging from human evolution and genetics to the new science of neurocardiology (the bridge between the brain and the heart) have overturned 150 years of scientific thinking when it comes to the way we think of ourselves in the world. The new human story tells us that we modern humans mysteriously arrived in this world 200,000 years ago already “wired” for extraordinary capabilities that seemed rare and mystical in the past, and we haven’t changed since we arrived. The new story also tells us that each person has a unique key that unlocks their personal code of potential. The best science of today paves the way to do just that, and it shows us that we have the power to self-regulate our personal biology and trigger:
- a super-immune response
- our potential for super-learning, super-memory and super-recall
- longevity enzymes that reverse our markers for aging at the cellular level
- deep intuition on demand, and
- much, much more.
We Need A New Story
More than 150 years ago, geologist Charles Darwin published a paradigm-shattering book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. His book was intended to provide a scientific explanation for the complexity and diversity of life in general, and the origin of modern humans specifically. In one of the great ironies of the modern world, since Darwin’s time the very science that was expected to strengthen and support his theory has done just the opposite. The most recent discoveries are revealing facts that fly in the face of longstanding scientific tradition. Among them are:
Fact 1: Nature is based upon cooperation and mutual aid, and not the competition, struggle and “survival of the strongest” that Darwin proposed in his 1859 theory.
Fact 2: The relationships shown on the conventional human tree of evolution are not based on physical evidence. While some scientists believe these links exist, they’ve never been proven. They remain inferred or speculative.
Fact 3: The lack of common DNA between ancient Neanderthals and modern humans tells us that we shared the earth with, and did not descend from, the Neanderthals.
These facts, and a host of others that are based on peer-reviewed science, clearly do not support the conventional narrative of the past that we’ve been taught. For these reasons, we need a new story to accommodate the new evidence. Or, conversely, we need to follow the evidence we already have to the new story that it tells. The key is that we must first think differently about ourselves in order to accept what the story reveals.
New Discoveries Mean a New Story
It will take work to change the way we think—to change the textbooks, computer files, teachers’ class notes and scientific displays in museums throughout the world. It will take work to teach the new human story to our children and then to theirs. The question now is: Do we believe we’re worth it? Do we believe we’re worth the work it will take to embrace the extraordinary potential that lies waiting within each and every human being? We won’t need to wait long to know how we’ve answered. We’ll know by the world we leave for our children.
Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author who is renowned internationally for his insights into bridging science, spirituality and human potential. The Watkins Journal currently lists him among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the fifth consecutive year. He has presented his works to The United Nations, Fortune 500 companies and the U. S. military, and his books have been translated into more than 40 languages.
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