The dawn of the winters is upon us. The silencing voice of the fan, the frequent plane flying close to my ceiling, make each moment so thoughtful and meditative. At this moment the one thought that crosses my mind is what human evolution is?
The widely believed notion of life comes from Darwin’s theory of evolution that says that life comes from a common ancestor, birds and the bananas, the fishes and the flowers are all related. How correct is this theory of human evolution?
A lengthy process through which people originated from apelike ancestors is known as Human Evolution. Research has shown that human traits and behaviours share a close resemblance to apes and over six million years the change took place.
The earliest defining trait of humans was bipedalism- the ability to walk on two legs. This too took over 4 million years ago. Other important characteristics and traits that humans developed after the evolution were:
a. Large and Complex brain
b. Ability to use Tools
c. Capacity to learn and speak languages
d. Complex Symbolic expression
e. Art and Elaborate cultural diversity
Stages of Human Evolution
The primary source detailing the path of human evolution are fossil specimens. These specimens show that we humans are homo sapiens, a culture-bearing uptight walking species that lies on the ground, and were liely evolved in Africa some 31500 years ago. Now we seem to be the only living members of the human tribe called Homini. However, in the past, there have been many like us such as Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, Neanderthals and many more.
The earliest known ancestors of humans, Dryopethicus inhabited the European region and some parts of Asia and Africa. Human evolution is thought to have begun from them.
The second in the human evolution, Australopithecus had unique features that resembled both humans and apes. They had smaller brains and longer arms, that were well suited for climbing. They disappeared 1.4 million years ago. The different species of Australopithecus are:
Emerging from the genus Australopithecus, Homo is the genus that encompasses the extant species Homo Sapiens, and the extinct species Homo erectus and Homo Neanderthalensis.
Know Yourself: तत् त्वम् असि
There have been various articles and books written about human evolution and homo sapiens in particular. However, the one book that provides all the information in the modern-day language is Sapiens.
Over 1.6 million copies sold and translated into 60 languages, the book is an abundance of knowledge that starts on the note that
Homo Sapiens rule the present world as they are the only specie that can believe in imaginary things like God, States, Money and Human rights.
Sapiens goes on to retell the history of our species from a whole new perspective, starting with this fascinating concept. It explains why money is the most pluralistic system of mutual trust ever devised; why capitalism is the most successful religion ever devised; why modern agriculture’s treatment of animals is likely the worst crime in history; and why, despite being far more powerful than our ancient ancestors, we aren’t much happier.
Sapiens gained cult status among a wide range of audiences by combining profound truths with a strikingly vivid language, enthralling teens as well as university professors, animal rights activists as well as government ministers.
The Human Change
There are different kinds of humans, different races, gender, size, color, but the one thing that is found in humans throughout is the constant need of being in society. Whether it is their tribe, the city you live in, or the society that you stay in, humans are found in groups of fellow beings.
While many mistakes this nature of humans to be that of love and care, if you closely observe then you would know the truth. In our lifetime we meet hundreds of people, but why is it that we only tend to connect with some, while the rest take separate paths.
While Dr. Brian Weiss in his theory explains this nature as being related to the cosmic energy of the soul family. Till now we have heard about soulmates, but Dr. Weiss discusses the Soul family. It is the set of souls that are spiritually equivalent to our birth family on earth. This soul family can take the form of any relative on Earth.
To explain it better, we have a set of souls that are connected to us on a spiritual level. Every time we are born on the Earth, the same set of souls connect with us in different forms like a brother, sister, friend, father, and many more.
So your sister this life could have been your mother in the previous one, or your father this life could have been your daughter. Though it seems very messy and confusing, it simply helps us know the reason why we feel an immediate connection with some people, while after years of friendship also, we suddenly move away from some individuals.
Another theory provides a more scientific bend to this entire system, Brainwave. We know that our brain is made of various neurons. Every action that we take is validated first in our brain and then brought into action.
Our brain works on a specific frequency of neurotransmission. It is believed that people with a similar frequency of brainwaves connect better than those whose frequency differs.
There have also been well-researched psychology facts that provide details about when we connect with others. Being in a relationship with someone be it a father-daughter or a friend is not easy. There are a lot of internal and external changes that occur in us.
The instant connection can be due to five things:
1. Vulnerability: You are okay with showcasing your vulnerable self to the person and reaching out to them.
2. Proximity: You accept sharing your space and building a connection with the person.
3. Resonance: You feel a sense of connection and a matching thought process with the person.
4. Need: Every person we meet is unique and we connect more with people who have something to offer us. This can be knowledge, empathy, or any moral support. The one thing we always make think while connecting with someone is ‘ How will I benefit from this relationship’?
5. Environment: You’re in a space in which you are overcoming challenges or adversity together, either in a small way (learning about new foods) or a large way (trekking through an isolated mountain passage together).
So we see there are various reasons for humans to connect with each other. Either one of them can be true, all of them can be true or maybe later we might find out that connection has an absolutely different scientific reason. No matter what it is, we must ensure to meet more and more people and expand our horizons. This will not only help us connect with more people, but is also an effective way of learning about the world and its whereabouts.
Change is the only constant, not just situations in our lives, but everyday changes, humans change and so does our thought process. So it is important to understand that evolution is part of our species and today it might be us, but tomorrow some far superior race will rule the world and connect with each other in a different format.